- Model and TV Host Kim Jayde got her start in the entertainment industry as a presenter on MTV Base South Africa and has gone on to become one of the country’s fastest rising ‘it girls’
- Kim shares that the road to success has not always been easy
- Her early school days were filled with bullies who almost dimmed her light and she later struggled with the rejection of the modeling industry
She's a member of the Forbes Africa “30 under 30” creatives list. The first Zimbabwean to grace the covers of a nationwide Revlon campaign, and most recently the managing director of her own production company, KJ Productions.
Model and TV Host Kim Jayde got her start in the entertainment industry with an unlikely direct message. When MTV Base South Africa’s talent manager saw her on Instagram, the struggling model was recruited by the channel in less than a week. Since then the Zimbabwean bombshell has quickly solidified her position as one of South Africa’s rising ‘it’ girls.
Born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Kim shared the road to success has not always been easy. In an interview with TimesLive, she looks back on how hard primary school was because of bullies:
"Junior school was really hard, because I was bullied very badly. I was a shy, awkward little girl and I didn't have people skills ... So I would literally ask the teachers to give me extra homework so that I didn't have to go out and play at break time.”
When she moved to South Africa, Kim was met with a similar rejection in the modelling industry. A student at the University of Stellenbosch at the time, the model struggled to get booked and earn money because of excluding industry standards:
"All the modelling agencies told me I was 15cm too short, I’d never work, and I had to lose weight”
At some point, things got so bad Kim couldn’t afford food. To get by she’d plan visits to her modelling agency during lunch hours, which meant she at least got a meal for the day.
Kim soon realised modelling alone would not pay her bills and turned to promo work and hostessing before eventually landing her gig at MTV.
The former model is proud to share the struggles that shaped her. But with her days of struggle far behind her, what’s her message to other aspiring entertainers?
“Work hard and never quit - even when things get hard… if you love what you do it truly is worth it.”
We couldn’t agree more, Kim.
Meanwhile, Briefly News reported Thuthuka Mthembu recently let us in on what she had to endure to get her qualification.
Thuthuka faced many challenges, such as a hectic schedule and Covid-19, but she pushed through and got her degree. She had to make many hard decisions and sacrifices.
"This particular one is one that for me has been a test of patience and discipline."
Thuthuka explained how she took time off and had to force herself back into completing her qualification, something the actress is now very grateful that she did.
Having recently graduated, Thuthuka now wants to encourage everyone to complete their studies no matter their circumstances.
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