Johannesburg – South African model Thando Hopa is starting the year off with a bang as she gets ready to give a talk at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The star, who graced the cover of Vogue Portugal in 2019, will this year start her fellowship with the WEF's New Narrative Lab.
The fellowship was launched in Geneva, Switzerland, and announced Thando as one of three candidates chosen globally for its 2020 programme.
As part of the New Narrative Lab, Thando will be mentored by Grammy award-winning musician Angelique Kidjo for the next year.
In a statement released to the press, Thando said she is "exceptionally excited" about joining the fellowship.
"My objective is to do what is within my capability to contribute to a more inclusive approach to our cultural economy. The fellowship serves as confirmation that our voices are loud enough to be heard across the world," she added.
To kickstart her journey, the model is set to present a Betazone talk at the WEF among global cultural leaders on 22 January. The presentation will be streamed live on the forum's social media platforms.
Compiled by Nikita Coetzee