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I am livid! Rihanna once said, "Tell your friends to pull up". This is that time! This time you don't get to sit this one out. You don't get to turn a blind eye. As a human being, it should also be your obligation to fight against racism and for another human's life. As uncomfortable as it may be, we need to root this thing from the bottom up. Your silence is painful. Remember the words of Elie Wiesel "Neutrality helps the oppressor never the victim". To not choose sides is to actually choose a side. I need you to say something. The time is always right to do what is right. So pull up! #BlackLivesMatter
Old Insensitive Posts Almost Jeopardize Zozibini Tunzi’s Career
The viral hashtag #HandsOffZozi had people all over social media defending the beauty queen for her old Facebook posts.
Zozibini Tunzi saw the need to apologise for her old and insensitive Facebook posts that were directed at black people before they were even dug up.
Miss Universe saw the pedestal she was placed on when Bianca’s old racist and mean tweets were brought to light, saying that she was not deserving as she has her own skeletons.
Before her old posts were even brought to light, Zozi apologised for them which made Mzansi overlook the posts when they recently went viral.
Zozibini made a video of her apologising for these posts and others saying she is not proud of herself.
“When it hit me, I was taken aback. When I read those things, I thought surely I’m human and there must have been mistakes, you know, that I’ve made. I can’t really be as perfect as I’m made out to be,”
Towards the end she apologises: “I want to take the time to apologise for those posts that I’ve shared, to apologise to anyone that is or was affected by those posts and just to say that those posts are in direct contrast to who I am and everything that I stand for,” she said.
Whilst many were calling for her downfall just like Bianca, her supporters came to her defense chanting #HandsOffZozi:
— Andidikwe (@Nthabiie_N) May 30, 2020
Zozi did not joke about White People, Asians, Indians, Hispanic she made a silly joke about us
— 𝓀ℯ𝓃𝓏 (@Bokenza1) May 30, 2020
She’s black and dissing her own black people, she didn’t denounce another race right?…. The other one was white and denounced black people right?… Well that’s the difference between Zozi and Bianca old posts then! #HandsOffZozi pic.twitter.com/8j4n4BWkq6
— Cellular ❁ (@robzinterris) May 30, 2020
The difference between Zozi and Bianca is that Bianca is racist and Zozi is Miss Universe! pic.twitter.com/VFyBlwskQB
— 🏳️🌈God’s Favourite Child (@RodriguezCairo1) May 30, 2020
Y’all failed to make this guy trend yesterday and now you’re after Zozi. Andinoyiki nonke kule App. pic.twitter.com/u5IqEoGGbs
— Siyasamkela (@SiyaMtitshana) May 30, 2020
Also, Read: ‘My uncle said I’d be on a magazine’ – Zozibini Tunzi
Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi says being the May “Made in Africa” cover star for Cosmopolitan magazine is one of her childhood dreams come true.
The issue observes Africa Month by celebrating South African fashion designers and locally made beauty products.
Zozibini Tunzi is the perfect cover girl, having flown the SA flag high when she was crowned Miss Universe in December last year. She shares her inspirational story of how she bagged the coveted title and how she is rewriting the rules of beauty pageants.
She said the issue must serve as a powerful reminder to support local businesses and talent.
The Eastern Cape-born beauty shared fond childhood memories on Instagram of her uncle, who told her that she should be on a cover of a magazine – a dream that seemed too distant for a village girl.
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What an amazing feeling to wake up to such an accolade😭❤. This is a #MadeInAfrica issue featuring fashion and beauty products made in Africa by Africans. This gives all of us an opportunity to support local production and businesses post-lockdown. Thank you so much @cosmopolitansa for this honor, it is truly humbling. This actually reminds me of my late uncle, we used to call him Mchina. Everytime I came home kuTsolo even growing up as a child he used to say "awumhle MamTolo ngathi uzovela kwi khatarok(magazine🤣), ufanele yi katharok". Translated to "You look so beautiful like you should be on a magazine, you belong in a magazine". At that time this was something that seemed unattainable to a village girl sitting on a stoep with his uncle. It's so unfortunate he wasn't alive to see me win @missuniverse or his long dream of me being on a magazine. I do know that he is with the rest of the clan and God. Right now they are all smiling ❤ Hope you guys are staying home, self-isolating and now having some self-care with myself and COSMO! #COSMOxZozi