Miss Universe and former Miss South Africa apologized in a video after old social media posts resurfaced.
This comes amid controversy over old tweets by Bianca Schoombee, 21, who entered the Miss South Africa competition. Another competitor, Oneida Cooper, 27, also came under heavy criticism over past social media posts.
Tunzi says she is embarrassed by the “insensitive posts she should never have shared”. The posts on her personal Facebook page were made in 2012, 2013, and 2014 when she was 18, 19, and 20 years old. The posts that were still on her profile last Wednesday have since been removed.
In her video on Instagram and Twitter, Tunzi apologizes to anyone who has been or was affected by her comments. “These posts are completely contrary to who I am and what I stand for.”
She says: “We have to take responsibility for what we say and do, even if we think it’s just an insignificant joke. Because some things are just not funny and should not be said. “
She admits in the video that she tracked the posts she made on her social media profile when she created the account. She did so following the drama that erupted around Schoombee’s head.
“I’ve seen a lot of things that I’m proud of. Things I said about myself and others that reflect who I am. But there were other posts that I’m not so proud of. ”