“I want to have an impact greater than I can fathom,” - Peal Thusi

accreditation
Pearl Thusi
Pearl Thusi

Thusi is the embodiment of being comfortable in one’s skin. That she can randomly break into a twerk or dance up a storm outside an international airport, all while slowing down traffic, is classic of her. Once, during a 2013 photo shoot and interview for City PressiMagazine, she nonchalantly slipped out of her shoot ensemble back into her own clothes — completely unbothered that she was a bra and panty away from being naked in front of a journo she had just met. At our November cover shoot — at the Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge in Muldersdrift — I joke about how that 2013 incident scarred me. “Yini, do you have a crush on me?” she asks wittily, before inviting me to watch her change into the first swimsuit ensemble of the day.

READ MORE: Five Instagram accounts that promote mental well-being

When I meet Pearl for our interview the next day, she keeps interrupting her lines of thought with long animated pauses — something she does when wanting to communicate a new brainwave. And then there’s the incessant requests for her manager, Yvette Gayle, to complete her sentences with words that seem to have escaped her mind at that point. I must admit that at the start of our chat, I found myself lost in the profound and self-invented quotes she kept dropping like a rapper would a smashing punchline. “I want to have an impact greater than I can fathom,” she says, unprompted.

WANT TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE? GRAB THE TRUE LOVE NOVEMBER ISSUE, ON SALE NOW!


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24