South Africa has had a long history spanning both good and bad times. It is out of these two corresponding seasons that several women have risen and left a footprint through their contribution to different causes of national and sometimes regional concerns. Others, through their talent, have worked hard and become famous through the passion and pursuit for personal achievement. Of course, the country boasts numerous heroines, but this piece has only isolated the 20 famous women in South Africa in their different fields of participation
Below is a list of 20 famous women who are not just beautiful but also talented, resourceful, and influential in their respective areas of participation.
1. Bonang Matheba
Bonang is a radio host, TV presenter, and style icon. She stands out because of her electric personality, magnetic smile, and a husky voice. She is also the global ambassador for Revlon cosmetics.
2. Jo-Ann Cindy Strauss
She is a model, businesswoman, and public speaker. Jo-Ann represented South Africa at the Miss Universe and Miss World beauty pageants respectively.
3. Lee-Ann Liebenberg
Lee was born on December 9th, 1982, and she is famed as the world's sexiest woman from South Africa in 2005. She has been featured in the Women's health, Cosmopolitan, and Sports Illustrated magazines. She also appeared on the inaugural cover of the South African edition of the Maxim in 2013.
4. Pearl Thusi
Pearl burst into the limelight through her role on Zone 14, and since then, she has never looked back. Her overall beauty aside, she has grown a fantastic crop of long, dark natural hair. Her tall and beautiful body is an excellent fit for modeling gigs, which is what she does more than anything else.
5. Amanda Du Pont
She is a Swazi actress, model, and TV personality. Amanda became prominent for portraying Thabisile Dlamini on the SABC2 popular soap opera Muvhango. She is also known for co-hosting SABC1 celebrity show The Real Goboza, with Phat Joe and Sinazo.
6. Nandi Mngoma
Nandi was born and raised in KwaZulu Natal. Apart from her screaming beauty, the petit girl is an artist with a thriving music career.
7. Boity Thulo
She is a South African Television presenter and model who is best known for co-hosting SABC1s educational series, The Media Career Guide show in 2011. In 2015, Boity hosted the e.tvs “Club 808 alongside Cyprian Ndlovu.
8. Minnie Dlamini
Minnie was born and raised in Durban Kwa Zulu Natal. She is a gifted Television presenter who came to fame after entering a presenter search competition for SABC1 live. She won the competition and made her TV debut.
9. Babes Wodumo
Born Bongekile Simelane, Wadumo is a famous Gqom artist. She appeared in The Black Panther movie and was also nominated for a 2017 BET award.
10. Dj Zinhle
Originally called Ntombezinhle Jiyane, Zinhle is an ace DJ who has presented on SABC1 music the show Jika Majika. As an actress, she has appeared on the eKasi and Rhythm City Television series. She hails from Dannhauser KwaZulu Natal and is now 35 years old. DJ Zinhle hosted her own show on radio YFM.
11. Jessica Nkosi
Jessica is an actress better known for her play in Mzanzi Magic isiBaya where she is Qondi. She was born on January 20th, 1990. She was once best friends with the fellow actress Nomzamo Mbatha, but they fell out due to a love triangle.
13. Khabonina Quebeka
She is first a mother, businesswoman, media personality and an actress. Khabonina is curvy and beautiful.
14. Londie London
Londie London is a curvaceous Instagram model, jewelry designer, musician, and businesswoman. She is a notable influencer, and most people only visit her Instagram page to stare at her mind-spinning curves.
15. Bontle Modiselle
She is an actress, presenter, and model. Bontle is better known for co-hosting “ Showville,” the reality series. She dances to keep fit, and this has earned her an excellent waist to hip ratio.
16. Samantha Malinga
Samantha has killer curves that justifiably fit her on the list of South Africa’s sexiest women. She twerked her way to fame while performing with the group ProTwerkers.
17. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was born on June 28th, 1995, in Sedgefield, Western Cape. She is a model and beauty pageant who in 2017 became famous for clinching the Miss Universe title. She is the second South African to hold the title since Margaret Gardiner took it in 1978. With beauty and brains, this girl is one of the most inspirational women in South Africa.
18. Candice Swanepoel
Candice Susan Swanepoel was born on October 20th, 1988, in KwaZulu Natal to an Afrikaner couple. She is the first SA model to work for Victoria Secret (the Lingerie big shot). In 2011, she was voted as one of the sexiest women in the world by the FHM magazine.
19. Basetsana Kumalo
Kumalo is a businesswoman, TV producer, presenter, and former Miss South Africa. Following her noble contributions, she has been recognized and awarded by
- The Reconstruction and Development Programme
- The Operation Hunger
- The Cancer Association of South Africa
Kumalo's kind and humane heart pools her up with the most influential and inspiring women in the country.
20. Nomzamo Mbatha
Though young, she is one of the most influential and inspirational South African. Mbatha is a human right activist, a businesswoman, TV personality, and actress. She uses her influence to empower others.
This is just an introductory list of the 20 most famous women, because owing to South Africa's great potential, their number continues to grow every day. The media has particularly been quite instrumental in producing some very influential women. Theater has also not lagged behind in churning out inspirational women that have helped to shape the social opinion. The list goes beyond the media because the academic and political circles have also delivered some of the most influential women in the country's history. People like the late Winnie Mandela will remain etched as the most popular women in the country's struggle against racism and political liberation.