Nonzwakazi Cekete
Journalist
2 minute read
30 Mar 2021
4:45 pm

Zozi’s reign comes to an end

Nonzwakazi Cekete

Covid-19 changed the rules and as a result the Miss Universe did not take place last year, but organisers are confident it will go ahead in 2021.

Zozibini Tunzi will bid her title as Miss Universe farewell come 16 May when her reign ends

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi has rewritten history as the longest serving person to hold the title. The beauty queen will finally relinquish her title in less than two months. The prestigious pageant couldn’t take place last year due to the
pandemic, meaning that our own Zozi stayed at the helm until it was safe to hold the pageant again.
Now the organisers have set a date for the pageant on 16 May 2021 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood under strict Covid-19 guidelines which include mask usage, social distancing, quarantining upon arrival and rigorous testing.
Zozi was crowned Miss Universe in 2019. She has always been destined for greatness. Although beauty pageants and beauty queens often attract negative comments, Zozi changed perceptions to become one of the most loved beauty
queens. She was crowned Miss South Africa before clinching the much-coveted title of Miss Universe.
“I always knew that my reign as Miss Universe would be unlike any other,” says the Tsolo born Tunzi. “While it was nothing like what I had imagined my year to be, it has opened doors for me I could never have imagined. I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect virtually with people all over the world and elevate the causes I care
most about,” she says.
The Miss Universe Organisation website says the three-hour event will feature women representing dozens of countries competing in multiple categories, including personal statement, swimsuit, evening gown and interview, ending with Zozi crowning her successor.
“We have spent months planning and preparing safety precautions to develop this edition of Miss Universe — one that will be memorable, special and totally innovative,” says Paula M Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organisation. “I look forward to seeing this work come to fruition and crowning a new Miss
Universe in May.”

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