Finalist: Ayanda Thabethe

Influential Media Personality: Actress, MC, TV Host, Business Woman.

Ayanda Thabethe was born in KZN in a loving Matriarchal home where a purposeful and powerful feminine energy molded and shaped Ayanda’s early conditioning. She took note of this self-sufficiency, no excuses approach to life which inspired her to empower and educate herself. She graduated with two degrees and spent the first phase of her career learning the fundamentals to marketing and business in an extensive corporate career. The entertainment industry came calling and the second chapter of her career was spent representing platforms and brands which enabled her to link her passions for style, travel and the power of culture... all while making sure she became an example that other young girls could look up to.

She has graced the covers of prominent magazines such as Cosmopolitan, True Love , Women’s Health and has an array of awards; including South Africa’s most stylish media personality at the SA Style awards, You Spectacular ‘s Rising Star award, best styled celebrity at the Feather awards and Glamour’s most glamorous Award amongst others. This continued recognition of Ayanda’s talents, brand presence and influence has led to brand endorsements with several internationally recognized brands.

Ayanda is a seasoned MC that has worked for some of the most recognized blue chip companies such as Standard Bank Wealth,Unilever, Discovery and Nestle to name a few. She has mastered the art of adapting to each organisations needs ensuring that every event she partakes in is a memorable experience.

She is one of South Africa’s most followed media personalities on social media which has led her to share her voice to powerful influencer and ambassadorship campaigns which vary from social impact to lifestyle. Her pillars include but are not limited to beauty, fashion, wellness and fitness, women empowerment, travel and lifestyle.

On screen Ayanda has shared the spotlight on the biggest productions in South African entertainment including Rockville, BET A-List, South Africa’s longest running magazine show-Top Billing and is currently the newest faces of Internationally acclaimed E! Entertainment as an anchor for E! Africa.

Off screen Ayanda has a strong passion for education especially that of young girls which has given rise to her initiative , ‘A Beautiful Mind’ which enables students from all over the continent to make the right career choice through gathering minds and expertise from various industries to speak about their journeys in their respective careers in order to help students to make the right career choices the first time around.


Endorsements : Woolworths Christmas,Puma, Mizani, Ponds, Legit,

Influencer Campaigns: Clover Krush, Smart Water, Daniel Wellington, Havianas

Awards: You Spectacular: Rising Star, SA style awards most stylish media personality, Feather awards : Hottest Chic of the year, Feather Awards : Beat styled Celebrity

MC/ Speaker: Nestle, Absa, H&M, Unilever, Discovery, Nelson Mandela foundation, Standard Bank Wealth, Cosmopolitan, SABC 3, Ciroc, Born to succeed,Dream Girls Academy, Clover.

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