“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.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour Star Track - By Pearl Thusi

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

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.

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