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    Optimistic, warm-hearted and ambitious are just some of the words that describe Ziphozakhe Zokufa; former Miss South Africa. Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape; Ziphozakhe always had the bigger picture in mind.
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    It was in 2013 when the Port Elizabeth beauty was scouted by an international modelling agency. Shortly after she booked her very first job as the face of an international cosmetics brand. Although she has graced magazine covers, editorials as well as commercials, this was never Ziphozakhe’s pinnacle but rather a stepping stone to other ambitions.
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Pageantry

As Teen Miss Port Elizabeth 2009, it had always been Ziphozakhe’s dream to one day follow in the footsteps of Basetsana Khumalo and one day becoming Miss South Africa. That dream certainly came true for her when she was crowned Miss South Africa 2014 and afforded the opportunity of representing her country at Miss Universe in Miami 2015.

Although she only had two weeks to prepare for this, it is without a doubt one of her biggest highlights as she gained lifelong friends and joined a sisterhood that she will forever cherish.

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Pageant Judge

Ziphozakhe has a measure of beauty pageants she has judged locally and recently abroad. She was afforded the opportunity of judging Miss Earth Ethiopia, Miss International Ethiopia and Miss Supermodel Ethiopia held in Addis Ababa.

 

She strongly believes in women empowerment and with her knowledge in the beauty and fashion industry she aims at providing direction to young women that may be helpful not only in the pageant world but in everyday life.

 

Ziphozakhe boasts experience in the beauty pageant industry having won the following titles:

2009

Teen Miss Port Elizabeth 2009

Miss Eastern Cape Teen 2009

Miss Nelson Mandela Bay 2009

New Model Today International Winner 2009

2010

Miss Commonwealth South Africa 2010

Weekend Post J&B Met Fashion Challenge Winner 2010

2012

Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Eastern Cape 2012

2013

Dark and Lovely Search 2013

2014

Miss South Africa 2014

Miss Universe South Africa 2014

Other

Miss Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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Behind the Scenes

After her Miss South Africa reign, Ziphozakhe decided to return to university to complete her studies in motion picture medium.

She is passionate about documentary filmmaking and has written, produced and directed an experimental documentary in the Eastern Cape about the practice of Ukuthwala (forced child marriage).

“I am passionate about telling stories that are authentic about South Africa. I aim at educating, empowering as well as raising awareness in the purpose-driven work that I do.”

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Giving Back

Ziphozakhe has her own non-profit organization “Zakhe Projects” which aims at women empowerment and youth development which is what she is passionate about. She aims at using her past experience at implementing change in her home province, the Eastern Cape.

She strongly believes in Mother Teresa's words:

“Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.”

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