You may have seen her on GlobalGrind.com interviewing some of the hottest celebrities on the red carpet and recently went backstage to interview David Tlale at his first stand alone fashion show, we're talking about the stunning Makho Ndlovu, here's what you might not have known about the Zimbabwean born beauty.
Q. Congratulation on your new job as the new video correspondent for Global Grind, how do you feel about this new journey?
Blessed! That is the one word that I would use to describe this entire journey. Just knowing that I was selected out of 5,000 contestants after three rounds of voting gives me great joy. The icing on the cake is that the final decision was made by the Global Grind team and entertainment mogul Russell Simmons .I literally get goose bumps every time I think of how far I have come. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my friends and family and I owe my success to them as well.
Q. Take us through your career before this new job and what you have planned from here on out.
Prior to working full time as a celeb reporter and blogger, I was a project manager at Sony DADC. I worked there for over 6 years and that position was great in the beginning but towards the end I began to feel unfulfilled. I made a promise to myself that I would never work a day in a job that I didn’t believe in. So making the transition to a celeb reporter felt so right. Winning the Global Grind competition was a validation from God that I was on the right path. I know that it took a village to get me to where I am now, so my goal going forward is to not only create opportunities in entertainment for myself but also for other women from or in Africa.
Q. When you were 10 years old your family relocated to the USA from Zimbabwe, what sparked this move?
My Mom made the life changing decision to move from Zimbabwe to the USA based on a couple of factors. Education, quality of life and creating a better future for the entire family were the main drivers in moving to America.
Q. Tell us about Makho’s Closet.
Makho’s Closet is a store that I co-own in Indianapolis, IN. My business partner is none other than my own mother. We both share a keen interest in fashion and so we jumped at the idea of opening up our very own boutique. My family lives in Indiana while I reside in New York, so we made a business decision to have the physical location of the store closer to my relatives. We carry a lot of affordable and stylish clothing; we believe that looking like a million bucks shouldn’t have to break the bank.
Q. What is your favourite thing to do when you aren’t working?
As a celebrity reporter and blogger, I never stop working because my job crosses over to activities I enjoy on my downtime. I am on every social media site you can think of, twitter, instagram, Facebook...you name it, and I have an account there. My guilty pleasure is watching any kind of trashy reality TV and keeping up with the all craziest celebrity gossip. The truth is I never stop working and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Q. Readers have seen you in an Estée Lauder advertorial, what’s your relationship with the brand?
The funny thing is that I have no relationship at all with Estee Lauder. The truth I did a photo-shoot early on in modelling career and the pictures were used on a stock site. If anyone from Estee Lauder is reading this, please call a sister! I would love to be the face of such a powerhouse brand.
Q. You work in a very cut-throat industry, how do you stay true to yourself & stay motivated?
I am very conscious of the company I keep. I have no time for negativity or naysayers so I tend to stay away from people like that. What keeps me grounded are the goals I have set long term, knowing that I am still a work in progress forces me to stay true to myself.
Q. How often do you visit Africa?
For the past 2 years I have been travelling from the US to South Africa and Zimbabwe for my annual holiday. I usually come around Dec/Jan so it affords me the chance to escape the brittle cold and get a sun kissed complexion while being around friends and family! I have travelled to Barcelona, London and most of the US; I can unequivocally say that there is no place like home.
Q. You are a very beautiful young woman as we’ve seen from all your videos, what are some of your beauty secrets?
Thank you so much for the compliment! One beauty secret that I learned very early from my pageant days was how important it was to learn how to apply my own makeup correctly. As Miss Zimbabwe USA 2006 there were times that I had to do my make-up on the fly. My saving grace came in the form of my friend who is a make-up artist. She taught me how to contour my face, use the correct foundation and all the other tips and tricks for making my face really stand out.
Q. Tell us a bit about your family?
I have a huge family that is splattered all over the world. In my immediate circle, I have my Mom, Step-dad, a younger brother and sister here in the States with me. As a matter of fact my brother started college last year and just even thinking about that makes me feel incredibly old! My Mom has tons of brothers and sisters and I love being around them as well.
Q. Is there a special someone in your life?
I am very lucky to have a very special person in my life. My boyfriend and I have been together for a number of years and he is amazing! So supportive, loving, intelligent and of course handsome. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.
Q. How do you feel about being a young woman from Zimbabwe living out your dreams in America?
To be honest with you, I think about that quite often and it blows my mind! I often think about how my life would have been different had I stayed in Zimbabwe. I am forever indebted to my Mother for bringing me to America and allowing me the opportunity to really pursue an authentic life as I saw fit. I am incredibly grateful for my journey and I am very conscious of the weight of that responsibility. Truthfully, it is exhilarating being an African woman in the entertainment industry.
Q. Who are some of the people you have met that totally astonished you & why?
I recently had the chance to meet Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe at David Tlale’s New York Fashion week show. That was a huge moment for me. She is such an accomplished woman but what struck me the most was how warm and down to earth she was. It was really a treat to be in her presence. The other person who I really enjoyed meeting was the beautiful actress Jada Pinkett Smith. When I interviewed her on the red carpet I was struck by the humble confidence she exuded. She is one of the biggest celebrities in the world and it was a dream come true to have a few minutes to chat with her uninterrupted. And she literally smelled like a million bucks, her perfume scent was intoxicating!
Q. Who would you love to meet and work with?
I would give my right pinky toe to meet and work with Oprah Winfrey. I just admire as her as a business person, human being and a pioneer in entertainment. One of my long terms goals is to have my own talk show, so I would be like a sponge around Mama O and soak up all the knowledge.
Q. Tell us about some of your biggest influences.
My Mom is my biggest influence. The amount of tenacity that this woman has never ceases to amaze me. Plus she has a wicked sense of humour, nothing like a person who appreciates a good laugh. Outside of my Mom, I have a slight obsession with the phenomenal Michelle Obama for obvious reasons. Both of these women represent pillars of strength to me so I look up to them.
Q. What advice do you have for our TRUE LOVE readers who admire what you do & one-day wish to realize their dreams like you have?
There is so much that I would love to say to young women but the one piece of advice I would offer is about the notion of believing in oneself. Thorough out my life, I have struggled with moments where I wasn’t so confident and that lead me to be a passenger in the ride of life. I would love for every young woman to have an unshakeable confidence about living a life full of integrity and passion. I am living proof with hard work, perseverance and little bit of luck anything is possible.