“The women who made me”
TV and radio presenter, budding actress and ‘ Mama Panther’, Pearl dishes on the strong women who have shaped who she is today.
Oprah Winfrey TV personality and entrepreneur
Who wouldn’t name Oprah? The US’ first black female billionaire, Oprah has inspired so many young women and I am one of them. I’ve learnt so much from her excellent advice, as well as her personal journey.
My mother passed away in 2004, but I know that she watches over me and I will always love and think about her. She was the hardest worker I’ve ever known and that laid the foundation for my entire life. And now, having a daughter of my own has made me realise how much I was loved, without knowing it.
Basetsana Kumalo Former Miss SA and entrepreneur
Basetsana’s strength and heart are at the centre of her achievements and she is like a wise older sister, always there to help at the same time as she encourages me to make my own decisions and to grow from my mistakes. Her kindness helped me when I was at my lowest.
Beyoncé & rihanna Singers
These singers have helped me through breakups and mild depression (yes, I’m being dramatic), and I depend on them for my workout playlists. Most of all, I love Beyoncé’s work ethic and Rihanna’s attitude.
Michelle Botes Actress
Michelle is my favourite SA actress as well as the reason I wanted to join the Isidingo cast. Playing the villain means being able to do bad things in front of a camera and getting paid for it!
sarit tomlinson Pearl’s manager
Strong and courageous, Sarit encourages me to dream big, and even when we disagree about something, I know that she has my back. She’s there when I fail, she never lies to me, she tells me when my outfits suck, and she praises me when I do well!
Meryl streep Actress
What a great woman, what an artist! Meryl is everything I wish I could be as an actress.
thandolwethu MOKOENA Pearl’s daughter
She may not be a woman just yet, but Thandolwethu is my biggest inspiration as I want her, more than anyone in the world, to feel proud of me. She makes me laugh, she is my peace in this crazy world, and she is also my mirror, because I have to correct the wrong in myself before I can expect certain things from her. Plus she’s an amazing little girl who is smart, intuitive and loving.