Shudufhadzo Musida has made history as the first Miss South Africa with a chiskop.
Her hair became a powerful statement of African fashion that does not imitate Western looks.
The response on social media was overwhelming.
“A lesson to black ladies with long hair: Chiskop is cheap and Chiskop can make you Miss South Africa,” said one tweet.
Shudu’s hair contrasted to last year’s Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, with her chic tailored cuts. Zozi went on to become Miss Universe.
Both did away with hair extensions.
Shudu’s head might be beautiful but it is far from empty.
The brainy 24-year-old is studying for a BA Honours in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand.
Being from Venda, she has condemned the chauvinism that marginalises her people’s minority culture.
Her home village is Ha-Masia, 142 km from Polokwane in the Vhembe District Municipality in rural Limpopo.
Shudu is gearing up to campaign for the rights of all South Africans to have access to mental health services and for women’s empowerment.
Picture source: @abigailmusida