- A beautiful young woman was constantly teased over her dark skin
- However, while she was in matric, Malapane Ntebatse Vinolia realised her dark skin is beautiful
- So, she took a leap of faith and pursued modelling, an industry she has thus far thrived in
Malapane Ntebatse Vinolia took back control of her life and managed to make a success of herself - however, her journey has just begun and she might just become the next big thing in South Africa.
Born in a village in Bolobedu, Limpopo, Vinolia suffered constant bullying and criticism over her dark skin.
The bullies pushed her to a point where she hated her skin, Vinolia explained to Briefly.co.za. However, by the time she got to matric, the stunning young model had her confidence back and she no longer allowed haters to define her.
"I decided to take control over my life, that's the day I became free in life without caring what anyone has to say about me," she said.
Vinolia moved to Gauteng to pursue a career in modelling - and she hit it out of the park.
She joined an agency and even enrolled at TUT to pursue a diploma in events management. Vinolia was an instant hit in the fashion industry and she even worked with UK designers, House of Perris.
"I am the next big thing here in south Africa, I am a blessing and a living testimony," the young woman explained.
To add to her impressive resume, Vinolia would be graduating with her diploma in April and she already founded her own events company, which specialises in fashion shows.
She explained she realised there is a vast amount of untapped talent in South Africa, especially in the fashion industry.
The entrepreneur said SA has good designers but they need the right models to put their clothes on, and that's where her company comes in.
Vinolia added she has what it takes to succeed beyond her wildest dreams - so does any other child hailing from rural areas.
"Every child is destined for greatness and they are capable. As long as they think about it, it is possible and success is a diverse thing, it doesn't discriminate. We are all able," she said.
We look forward to seeing the great things Vinolia achieves in the future.
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