Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has shared an inspiring message in support of dark-skinned girls.
In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Tunzi said she has been receiving “unkind comments” about her “blackness” since she was crowned.
She added that these comments are often directed at brown-skinned girls at some point in their lives.
Tunzi said she sees this as “an opportunity to educate and speak out on a serious issue.”
Society has previously been programmed in such a way that there’s nothing beautiful about being black. The furthest you are from being fair skinned the uglier you are.Miss SA Zozibini Tunzi
She said although it’s difficult for some people to unlearn these perceptions, her mission is to help change them – starting with Miss Universe.
I am going into Miss Universe with hopes to shatter whatever misconception and stereotypes people have of beauty.Zozibini Tunzi
Hurtful comments against dark-skinned women are exactly the reason why such women should “insert themselves in spaces where we have been told we do not belong,” Tunzi added.
‘I am beautiful’
The gorgeous Miss SA ended her message on an uplifting and determined note:
To whoever else thinks that black is not beautiful, I cannot wait for you to experience the depth and magic of a black woman.
I am a daughter of the African soil and I am beautiful. See your face reflected in mine.Zozibini Tunzi
Support for Tunzi
Tunzi’s inspiring post garnered plenty of support and encouragement from social media users and fellow celebrities.
Miss SA 2018 Tamaryn Green replied, “Yes Queen! You use your voice!”
Media personality Zizo Tshwete also wrote, “Beautifully expressed @zozitunzi! We are 100% behind you, Sisi omhle!”
Miss SA 2010 Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala wasn’t left behind, “You are beautiful in every way !!! Daughter of the soil.”