Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi has finally spoken up after the backlash recently received by Miss South Africa hopefuls.
Last week, social media users dug up a series of eyebrow-raising posts by two women hoping to compete for the crown. ZiMetro News reported about Bianca Schoombee’s old Twitter posts.
Many called her a racist and although she apologized, the model ended up withdrawing from the pageant. Her modeling agency SYNC has also pulled the plug on their working relationship.
In the very same week, another hopeful was placed under scrutiny. Oneida Cooper’s posts caused concern as they seemed to perpetuate colorism and racism.
Zozi said that the backlash made her go back to her own old social media posts to see if she had ever said anything negative.
The beauty queen took to Instagram to apologize for her own offensive posts. She opened up about how the masses expected her to be perfect with no “skeletons in her closet”.
The reigning Miss Universe said she was only human and has made mistakes in her life. “I can’t really be as perfect as I’m made out to be. I took it upon myself to actually go to my Facebook… back to when I first created the account in 2012 to see what I posted during that time.”
She said she found some posts that she was proud of and others that filled her with shame. “So I want to to take the time to apologise for those posts that I shared, to apologize to anyone that is or was affected by those posts.
Just to say that those posts are in direct contrast to who I am and everything that I stand for.” She encouraged social media users to be careful of the content they share online as there can be dire consequences.
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