Former KZN beauty queen is a jill of all trades

2012-06-09 00:00

PEARL Thusi wears many hats on her pretty head. The former Miss KwaZulu-Natal, who has stolen many people’s hearts with her bubbly personality, juggles her role as a mother, television presenter, model, actress and businesswoman.

And she said she could not have predicted her life would turn out this way.

As a child, the beauty queen from kwaNdengezi wanted to become a vet.

“I loved animals. I had dogs, chickens and, at some point I had a duck.”

Her dream of becoming a vet was soon overtaken by her love of modelling and her ambitions included becoming Miss South Africa.

When she was 13, Thusi was recruited by a modelling agency and went on to win the title of Miss KZN in 2005.

After completing matric, she moved to Johannesburg, where more opportunities opened up.

She did a few commercials while she was modelling.

“I started to understand the business more,” she said.

Thusi then joined an agency and soon got her first TV job as a presenter. But before the presenting job, she had a fair share of rejection from auditions. She said she has learnt to deal with rejection and move on.

“What keeps me going is knowing that God will not give your blessings to someone else, and he will not give you someone else’s blessings.”

Among other acting roles, she has appeared on Soul City and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

She has just started shooting the latest season of DStv drama Jacob’s Cross.

But the workaholic’s first big acting role came after she was cast as Samkelisiwe in the SABC1 drama Zone 14.

Thusi described the experience, which lasted for a year, as a “stepping stone to the future”.

“It’s my favourite show and being a part of it made me realise that dreams come true. I got to learn a lot and also grew as an artist. Having a legend like Joe Mafela play my father on the show was a great experience.”

Thusi has now taken on another big TV role as a co-host on SABC1’s gossip show Real Goboza with Phat Joe.

The opportunity, which sees her travelling around the country and bringing viewers the latest entertainment news, came after one of the show’s producers suggested her to the executive producer.

She went to auditions and got the job.

“I was nervous and excited to be working with Joe.”

Her job has put her in the spotlight and every week she has people criticising — and others praising her for a job well done.

The comments don’t bother her as she feels it’s important to know what people are saying. “I acknowledge and thank them for the feedback.”

The beauty queen has secured her name in the entertainment industry and believes hard work is what has taken her this far.

“Treat everyone equally and with respect,” she advised.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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