Candice Modiselle joins The Queen

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Candice Modiselle has made her debut on The Queen
Candice Modiselle has made her debut on The Queen
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She broke into the entertainment industry as a young and bubbly YOTV presenter.

Now she's all grown up and has made a name for herself as an actress. 

Candice Modiselle is back. She's joining The Queen, after taking a break in 2019 from the world of soapies. 

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Candice plays Mbali Tau; a young, independent, feisty, and self-assured woman who knows what she wants, and how to get it.

Her fans were excited when she shared the news. 

“Having people welcome me in such a warm, exciting and supportive way is something I did not expect, honestly to get that reception, it’s been so humbling, and incredible,” Candice says. 

"I have not quite realised how big a deal it was until yesterday’s incredible reception." 

“Everyone is so welcoming and warm, and all the cast members are respective, being in an environment with people who love what they do, and they respect what they do and the people around them who they do it with is incredible,” she adds.

She's put in the work in the industry, including spending three years working on Generations: The Legacy.

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Candice has been deliberate about her moves she makes, she tells us. She's enjoying the feedback so far.

“To be as widely respected as I am now is something I did not anticipate but having people that I respected growing up acknowledging me and my work – to have earned the respect and reverence of people who have walked the path and paved the way for me to be where I am are the silent wins that mean the most to me.”

While taking time off screen, Candice has been booked and busy. She's been writing, producing and directing as well as focusing on her TV host duties.

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She has been working on a Netflix drama series called Jiva, an energy-packed drama that follows the life of a street dancer, that is set to air this year. 

“It is a blessing to wake up and do something that I love and do it with people I respect and revere,“ she says.  

Candice says her core purpose is amplifying black voices.

"God has taken the position that I am in to illuminate and shed the light on the truth and authentic African story," she explains. 

"I think we have not done it right. I think the world tends to see us in a very limited and restricted way, there’s an African ideal but what about the true African story? That’s what I want to see, I want to represent the dark-skinned woman, the curvy woman, queer bodies, - through my writing, producing and directing.

"I am going to be deliberate about our key protagonist and our leads being dark woman, people living with disabilities, and the LQBTIQA+ community."

Candice plans to do this globally. "African stories, made by Africans but for the world to consume and to really understand what is true to who we are and not just this romanticized version." 

“Africa is multifaced, she is incredible, and I love being an African woman”

"We can only teach through our work and people learn through our truth and our truth needs to be showcased,” she says.

The actress is big on education and entertainment and is working on creating a platform where young people get to access information about the entertainment industry, rates, terminology and things that are not made commercially accessible, and breaking down the world of entertainment and making it accessible and easy to the world.

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