Ma­jor Min­nie

TV pre­sen­ter, ac­tress, me­dia icon, brand am­bas­sadress and SA’S most fol­lowed In­sta­gram star, Min­nie Dlamini is a pow­er­house – and she’s not done yet.

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It’s no se­cret that Min­nie Dlamini adores hand­bags and shoes (for more on that, keep read­ing). But those de­signer totes and heels may need to move over to make space for the tro­phies and awards that keep rolling in for the 26 year old.

In the past three years alone, Min­nie’s awards have in­cluded: GLAM­OUR Women of the Year 2013 Read­ers’ Choice, Sun­day Times Gen­er­a­tion Next Coolest Fe­male 2013-2015, YOU Spec­tac­u­lar’s Sex­i­est Woman 2016 and hon­orary recog­ni­tion at the KZN Young Achiev­ers Awards. To crown it all, she hit so­cial me­dia gold as In­sta­gram’s most fol­lowed SA celeb (@min­nied­lamini) with 1.1 mil­lion fol­low­ers.

The for­mer pageant queen turned ac­tress, model and MC was study­ing drama, film and me­dia at the Univer­sity of Cape Town when she got her first break: win­ning the 2010 pre­sen­ter search for the SABC 1 mu­sic show LIVE .

“My par­ents were ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated when I au­di­tioned for the show. They thought I would ruin my life,” she smiles. “My mother even phoned to scold me when she saw me on TV. But after giv­ing me a long speech, she voted for me any­way!”

A pre­sen­ter gig on the life­style show Mzansi In­sider was next, fol­lowed by act­ing roles in hit shows like The Wild and Rockville, as well as a guest ap­pear­ance on the SA TV clas­sic Gen­er­a­tions. And just in case that wasn’t enough, she de­cided to add her love of sport to the mix, join­ing the charis­matic Thomas Mlambo on Soc­cer­zone in 2013.

So, what’s next for this sparkling me­dia icon?

“I’m host­ing Tro­prika Island of Trea­sure: Sey­chelles, so I’ll be spend­ing a month on the island for the shoot.” (Look out for the show, which airs in April next year.) She has also been made an am­bas­sadress for BMW, a role that in­volves driv­ing her very own new elec­tric BMW i8. “I’m look­ing for­ward GLAM­OUR Your job looks glam­orous and ex­cit­ing – what do you love the most about it? MIN­NIE The fact that it’s not a reg­u­lar ‘9-5’ job; no two days are the same, so it al­ways stays fun and fresh.

“I’ve even turned my sec­ond bed­room into a closet to store all my hand­bags.”

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