Media personality and actress Minenhle "Minnie" Dlamini is one of South Africa's biggest celebrities and sweethearts.
The self-styled "South Africa's Diamond" boasts over 2.5 million Instagram followers. Her Becoming Mrs Jones reality TV show was also one of the most watched in Mzansi.
Her astounding fame makes it hard to believe that there was once a Minnie Dlamini before all the glamour. So, what was her life like before fame? Briefly.co.za has a look.
1. Born in Durban on 7 July, 1990
Minnie's parents are Jabulani and Queen Dlamini. She recently took to Instagram to share an adorable photo of herself as a three-year-old kid on Christmas Day.
2. She sang and acted in her early years
According to peoplemagazine.co.za, Minnie has been acting since she was just three years old. She also sang, danced, and acted in musical theatre in her childhood years.
The talented girl attended Northlands Girls' High School. In 2015, she shared a throwback snap of herself back in high school.
3. Little Miss South Africa
In 2002 when she was 12 years old, Minnie was crowned Little Miss South Africa. Modelling became yet another pursuit of the multitalented star.
Earlier this year, she looked back to when she met the late Nelson Mandela soon after winning the title.
4. She studied at the University of Cape Town
The young Minnie started off with economics and politics at UCT. However, she couldn't suppress her talents.
She therefore changed her subjects to film, media, drama and economics. From here, there was no looking back.
5. Minnie Dlamini's big break
Minnie entered a Talent Search for new presenters for LIVE and famously won the role. Her first public appearance for LIVE was on Youth Day in 2010. It was also a FIFA 2010 World Cup event.
The superstar's profile rose rapidly. She won acting roles in such TV soapies as Generations, The Wild, and Rockville.
"South Africa's Diamond" soon included MC and award show host in her repertoire. She has won numerous accolades and awards in the process.
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