AN­DREA BEY­ERS (18)

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WHAT SHE LEARNT

An­drea, who’s from Mitchells Plain in Cape Town, says Oprah equipped her with all the life lessons she needs to be­come a pow­er­ful wo­man.

HER FAM­ILY

An­drea’s dad was the sole bread­win­ner in their house­hold, which made the like­li­hood of her get­ting into a good school slim. But when her grand­mother found an ap­pli­ca­tion form for Oprah’s school in a re­tail-store news­let­ter, it marked the start of a new be­gin­ning for An­drea.

HER FU­TURE

An­drea has a pas­sion for fash­ion and is study­ing fash­ion de­sign at the North West School of De­sign in Klerks­dorp. She re­ceived a bur­sary from de­signer Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee, who is also her men­tor.

Her ul­ti­mate goal is to de­sign a cou­ture gar­ment for Oprah, who gave her the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time. “I’d love to see her in a beau­ti­ful dress de­signed by me be­cause I may not have the fi­nances to re­pay her for ev­ery­thing she has given me,” An­drea says.

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