Newly crowned Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi made her first international debut on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.
Tunzi took Africa to New York showing off designs by South African fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo and Mozambican Eliana Morargy.
Authentic in her trademark natural hairstyle and clothing by renowned fashion house, Maxhosa by Laduma, the 25 year-old beauty queen was breathtaking.
She and Laduma both hail from adjacent villages in the Eastern Cape and share a common Xhosa heritage.
Never before in the history of South African pageants has the title-holder risen so quickly to fame.
While she was in the United States, she spoke to African American women’s magazine, Essence.
“The response in the United States was overwhelming. I’ve loved modeling designs from my homeboy Laduma’s collection, and from Eliana Morargy’s “Basking in the Osun River” collection.”
CEO of Miss South Africa Stephanie Weil said: “It was the fulfillment of a dream for her, and also the showcasing of the best of southern Africa, letting the fashion world know that we are players who need to be taken seriously on the international stage.”