Melissa Noel, Essence, September 21, 2023
However, the big win for the 21-year-old Zimbabwe native and model has been met with mixed reactions online because she is a white woman representing the African nation.
Critics say the young woman won the competition because she is white and that a Black contestant should have been selected to represent the country, where most of the population is Black.
“All those beautiful melanted women, and you telling me the European woman won a contest for Black people!!??,” said one user on Twitter.
Lmao the shot is still tragic though!! All those beautiful melanted women and you telling me the European woman won a contest for black people!!?? pic.twitter.com/2t3B5iAIRV
— Vibrating on a Higher Frequency than you….. (@Twoperrin) September 21, 2023
“If you understand the world, you’ll understand how the system runs! That’s not MY PICK, that’s not MY MISS ZIMBABWE. Leave me the fawk alone with the stupid s**t. IDGAF,” said another.
“I’m not supporting this at all and I’m not here to argue with any mf black people should learn to love and respect themselves stop sending a white girl to represent Zimbabwe 🇿🇼,” said Natasja Sibanda on Instagram. “[W]e are not white isn’t enough seeing them whites coming from their continent have you ever seen Germany, India Thailand or China sending Black girls to represent them stop being fools…” Sibanda continued.