Born in 1949 in Lamontville, Durban, Cynthia Shange started modelling in 1970 and went on to win several titles. Winning the Miss Natal title qualified her to enter the Miss Africa South competition for black beauty queens. She was the first black beauty queen to represent South Africa in the Miss World competition in 1972. Going on to pursue a career in films she is remembered for her leading role in the film uDeliwe, and for her role in the much acclaimed film Shaka Zulu. She is currently starring in the SABC2 TV series called Muvhango.