This is how the former Miss South Africa winners reacted to Zozibini Tunzi being crowned Miss Universe

We also discovered that they have a group chat!

Miss South Africa winners reacting to Mi

Something that we have realised over the years is that the contestants in pageants like Miss South Africa, Miss World and Miss Universe have created a form of sisterhood. And the support for Zozibini Tunzi after her Miss Universe win this morning proves it.

From Tamaryn Green being a bridesmaid for Miss Thailand, Sophida Kanchanarin’s wedding, to Miss SA 2014, Ziphozakhe Zokufa still attending reunions with the other Miss Universe finalists from her year. It looks an amazing support system of women, kinda like the film, Miss Congeniality.

So naturally, when Zozibini was crowned Miss South Africa, her most vocal supporters were the former Miss South Africa winners who were so proud of her.

Check out what they had to say here:

Miss South Africa 2018, Tamaryn Green said, ‘My heart is swelling with pride!!!’

Miss South Africa 2017, Adé van Heerden posted a throwback with Zozibini from 2015 saying, ‘Oh but look at the woman you have become! From that picture in 2015 to the most beautiful woman in the universe! God has called you for great things!’

Miss Universe and Miss South Africa 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was in Atlanta to congratulate Zozibini in person but she said, ‘Congratulations @zozitunzi what a woman you are! Ps: I have a NYC to do list for you.’

Miss South Africa 2016, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, posted a beautiful tribute to Zozi and the importance of representation, ‘In case you needed a reminder about your dreams…. today was it. They are VALID!!! My heart is bursting with pride…. a Miss Universe that looks like us. What a time to be alive.
@zozitunzi you are phenomenal, a pure act of class and grace. This is just the beginning.’

Miss South Africa 2015, Liesl Laurie posted a picture with Zozi with the caption, ‘WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE! I am so proud of you Z.’

Miss South Africa 2014, Ziphozakhe Zokufa said, ‘From the Eastern Cape to the Universe. My heart is swelling with pride.’

Miss World 2014, Rolene Strauss said, ‘I can’t!!!!!! MISS UNIVERSE 2019 is SOUTH AFRICA!!!’

Miss South Africa 2011, Melinda Bam wrote, ‘You Deserve that crown a Million times over! A true reflection of a South African Womans heart – Bold! You are a queen, and you will change the landscape that every barefoot girl treads on to build her dreams!

Miss South Africa 2010, Bokang Montjane said, ‘I have no words to describe how I feel right now, I’m so overwhelmed OH DAUGHTER OF THE SOIL YOU DID IT…. YOU ARE YOUR ANCESTORS WILDEST DREAMS’

Miss South Africa 2008, Tatum Keshwar admitted that there is a Miss South Africa WhatsApp group, and imagine being in that group!

Miss South Africa 2004, Claudia Henkel said, ‘Beautiful @zozitunzi you have made history…I have goosebumps.’

Miss South Africa 2003, Joan Ramagoshi said, ‘Oh Zozi we are sooooo proud of you queen! Miss Universe 2019 is SOUTH AFRICA.’

Miss South Africa 2002, Cindy Nell-Roberts posted about the win on her Instagram Story:

Cindy Nell-Roberts reacting to Zozi Miss Universe win
Credit: Instagram

Miss South Africa 2001, Vanessa Carreira said, ‘I had a good feeling’ after meeting Zozi.

Miss South Africa 2000, Jo-Ann Strauss live-tweeted the pageant, saying, ‘South Africa! It is our time.’

Miss South Africa 1994, Basetsana Khumalo said, ‘You raised your hand and showed up in a magnificent was, now you have the Universe at your feet and a platform from which to make the world a better place. The world is your oyster. Your serenity, grace, poise, intelligence, elegance and beauty is marvelous to witness.’

Miss Universe 1978, Margaret Gardiner said, ‘I am so #proud of @zozitunzi You were a winner all the way. You made all of #southafrica so proud! I knew you would win! Congratulations to you! #congratulations to you mum Lungisa Tunzi and your dad Philisw Nadapu Your #daughter is a reflection of yourselves. The love care attention intelligence and confidence you instilled. I know your other two daughters must be as awesome and that your hearts must be bursting. I send a bursting heart of joy and pride to you and your entire family. You make us all so proud’

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