The voting lines are officially open for Zozi to get to the top 20 of the Miss Universe pageant.
A week ago Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi bid farewell to her supporters at OR Tambo International Airport shortly before boarding a flight bound for America and the Miss Universe Pageant in Atlanta, Georgia. Our national beauty queen shared her gratitude for the influx of messages on her social media of encouragement and good wishes from fellow South Africans, she said: I am so grateful for the love that I have received since being crowned Miss South Africa. I’m especially delighted by the wonderful messages of encouragement, wishing me good luck as I embark on the most thrilling adventure.
Last week Friday, Zozi unveiled two spectacular outfits that she will adorning during the the Miss Universe pageant to be held on 08 December 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the costumes that will be accompanying her is the National Costume titled the The Wave of Love, created by designer Lloyd Kandlin from the Costume Department. The costume that is decorated in ribbons that are the colours of the South African national flag is a representation of her campaign, the UN Woman’s #HeforShe initiative.
Not only is the costume a showstopper that is guaranteed to grab the attention of viewers across the world, it also carries a symbolic and meaningful message behind it. Each ribbon is inscribed with love letters from South African’s who have pleaded their love and support for the South African woman in the fight against gender-based violence. Zozi stated: “ In what will be a first, I am literally taking the people of South Africa with me to Miss Universe; my dress will carry messages that celebrate and honour the woman of our country.”
The inspiration and intuitive behind the dress was credited to Zozi, as costume designer Lloyd Kandlin credits Zozi for conjuring the concept and for the magnificent rainbow nation coloured outfit. He also states that Zozi’s National Costume had it’s own personality – that it has become “an entity of it’s own”. At the centre of the Wave of Love will be Miss South Africa wearing a simple cat-suit, adorned with a black xhosa stripe and a touch of gold for glamour and since she is a the nation’s beauty queen, its only fitting for her to have a crown to match. Lloyd created a goddess crown, which he describes as symbolic of the sun which is the life giving force that “brings everything to us.”
Stephanie Weil, CEO of the Miss South Africa organisation said: “Zozi, takes more than just beauty and glamour to Miss Universe; she takes with her the heart of South Africa, literally won around her in a form of pledges from the woman and men around the country.”
It’s safe to say that Zozi and Lloyd have not just simply created a beautiful garment to represent the country, but have also attached a symbolic message of courage, bravery and camaraderie amongst South African’s. Miss Universe will broadcast live from Atlanta, in the United States, on December 9th. In South Africa, catch the spectacular show on 1Magic, DSTV channel 103 at 2am.
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