Zozibini Tunzi on overcoming rejection by learning to be fearless

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Zozibini Tunzi believes always staying positive can help one conquer any challenge.
Zozibini Tunzi believes always staying positive can help one conquer any challenge.
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She's a symbol of strength, courage, and resilience.

Ever since she was crowned as Miss South Africa and Miss Universe 2019; Zozibini Tunzi (27) has become an icon that thousands look up to.

In her latest partnership with female-focused insurance company, 1st for Women and fashion designer Mantsho by Palesa Mokubung; Zozibini wants South African women to be fearless and free of the fear of judgment.

“The fearless written in the t-shirts is to help women overcome any criticism and the fear of not being enough,” she says. 

“Living fearless is liberating. That’s the message I want to impart to the women of South Africa on Women’s Day and beyond,” says Zozi.  

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“Despite the turbulence and chaos that surrounds us, we want to encourage women to resist fear, confront it and fight back against it with the ultimate intention of empowering women to realise their indomitable strength.” 

The Tsolo born beauty queen explains that women have an incredible inner strength. “We persevere and thrive through fears both seen, and unseen. And yet, we are often our own harshest critics - we fight an internal dialogue about our worth. We hold back in case we are wrong. We want women to start asking themselves “what would you do if you were fearless?”"

Although all seems to be perfect in Miss Universe’s world, Zozibini has had to conquer some of her fears. “I have had so many fears in my life. One of the recent ones being that I would be rejected by people as their Miss Universe, that I wasn't enough and would fail because I looked different to any other Miss Universe people were used to,” she says.

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 “But I soon realised that what I thought was my weakness was actually my strength. I tapped into it and I owned who I am completely. Now I am confident, comfortable, and fearless because I turned my fear into a strength.”

Zozi shares some tips to become fearless
  • Learn to understand what your fear is and embrace it. Only then will you be able to push through it.
  • Write down your fears so that you can look at them face to face. When you are done facing them, prove them wrong.
  • It's not as bad you think. These are words I always recite to myself. We always imagine the worst, and most of the time the reality is not as scary as to how we imagine it.
  • Be optimistic! Always try to change fear into a challenge.
  • Give yourself positive affirmations           

 “When women fearless, they become fearless. They can then do what they thought they couldn’t and say what they thought they shouldn’t. It’s a choice with the ultimate reward of true freedom,” says Zozi. 

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