After being crowned Miss Universe at the renowned international pageant in Atlanta, Georgia in December 2019, Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi made a marvellous return on her Homecoming Tour in colourful style.
Tunzi arrived home in the Eastern Cape with thousands of people coming out to welcome her. As the 68th Miss Universe winner, Tunzi is currently on a week-long festivity that includes visits to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Mthatha and the two villages she grew up in – Tsolo and Dutywa in the Eastern Cape. She was welcomed by thousands of supporters, friends and family members, Tunzi was especially delighted to see her father- Philiswa Nadapu, her mother Philiswa Tunzi and sisters Yanga, Sibabalwe and Ayakha.
The beauty queen expressed her graduate to onlookers at the the airport, “The support of my family has been crucial to my success,” she said. “My mother has taught me the importance of remaining kind and humble and always being helpful to those around me. My father has taught me the importance of an education, hard work and discipline. Most important they have equally moulded me to be who I am today,” she said, adding that she was looking forward to eating her mother’s umngqusho, a South African delicacy.
Tunzi travelled in style from Mthatha to her home in Tsolo on a float swathed in ribbons in the colours of the South African flag, as she sat on a throne that was a replica of her Miss Universe crown. The beauty queen was impressed by the customised mode of transport as she said: “It is the most wonderful form of transport ever. And I should know – I’ve ridden on those New York horse drawn carriages that take you around Central Park!”
East London locals won’t be the only ones to experience the breath taking sight of the float, Capetonians will also have have a chance to see Tunzi and the float on Friday morning during a street parade in the Mother City. Tunzi added that the float felt familiar and she was “at home” on it, which is not surprising as it was modelled on her national outfit, The Wave of Love, which she wore at the Miss Universe Pageant. The iconic Wave of Love costume had a literal wave made up of pieces of ribbon in the colours of the South African flag swirled around her body. Each ribbon was printed with letters of support from South Africans eager to take up the cudgels and help Tunzi fight gender-based violence in this country.
The genius behind the expertly manufactured the float is Henk Henderson from Henderson Worx, in Pretoria. Henderson said he was thrilled to do something for a woman he so admires as he extended out of his comfort zone of normally manufacturing Christmas décor and customised props for shops. Henderson said: “It’s quite spacious on the float with steps at the back and room for several people. It took us almost two weeks to make, with four teams working on the unit – which is, in fact, a car trailer. We used chrome glitter for the crown which was shaped and cut so that it is an exact replica of the original.”
If you would also love to witness Miss Universe Zobini Tunzi’s Homecoming Tour make sure to keep an eye out for the next cities she will be visiting on her social media accounts. Cape Town’s turn is up next, this week Friday morning. Welcome home Zozi!
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