Easily describable as multi-talented and an all-round goal-getter, South Africa’s Pearl Thusi wears her many hats graciously. The Zulu star is known for her various skillsets as an actor, model, television host and a radio personality; her portfolio boasts of her roles on a healthy list of international projects which include Lip Sync Battle Africa, Quantico, BBC/HBO comedy-drama, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and now, Netflix’s first African original series.
In the 8th issue themed – “The New Decade Issue” – we get an exclusive in-depth chat with Pearl on being the upcoming lead character in Africa’s first Netflix Original Series, Queen Sono, the growth within her 16-year long career, life as a mother to two young daughters and self-worth.
Here is a sneak peek of the cover story, styled by Tosin Ogundadegbe and photographed by Emmanuel Oyeleke.
On being a Mother:
“I think to allow your girl child to leave the house without a sense of self-worth is setting them up for failure.”
On Queen Sono:
“I felt the story reflects many of us women in society today. Although Queen has exaggerated physical strength, she also has internal issues she’s trying to deal with, and regardless of these, she goes out to fight for the world and what’s right. Women must know that we are strong and that whatever the circumstances are, we can surpass them, because we already are heroes which is reflected [in the series]”
On being an African Woman:
“I don’t know if there’s anyone that works harder than an African woman but they still come through for their homes, families, communities and countries. Women must know that we are strong and that whatever the circumstances are, we can surpass them, because we already are heroes.”
Creative Direction: Titi Adesanya|Photographer: Emmanuel Oyeleke|Make-Up: Bimpe Onakoya | Styling: Tosin Ogundadegbe|Hair: Femi Ogunbadejo
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