Ayanda Thabethe is a tv personality who popped out of nowhere and owned 2016, with her sweet personality and style captivating fans from the outset.
Ayanda Thabethe, who hails from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, had a regular nine-to-five job as a brand manager at cosmetics company L’Oréal, but these days, she can be seen lighting up the screens on a number of shows, including BET-A List on DSTV.
Ayanda Thabethe is one of five girls who were raised by a single mother. She once remarked in an interview that being a middle child is part of what made her want to stand out and shine; she’s certainly doing so now, and was recently shortlisted on SowetanLive’s Mzansi’s Sexiest Top 24.
An Entrepreneur with a BCOM Communication Management, and an Honours Marketing degree, she used her educational accomplishments as a base for a stellar career at some of the world’s leading organisations.
She stands her own as a formidable business woman, she’s the Managing Director and Founder of Buzzworthy Productions that services companies who aim to create “a buzz” for their brands.The agency has been in operation since 2011 with a growing client list that includes Nestle, Loreal, Tsogo Sun, Denel Aviation, to name a few.
She is one of the founders of a non-profit organisation called the African Emancipation Foundation which has worked with the likes of Standard Bank and Wits Business School to bring to life their yearly activities namely entrepreneur related talks and year end functions for entrepreneurs.
A Captivating Actress, with 2016 as her breakout year, Ayanda Thabethe became a household name and finally commanded deserved attention.
She was cast as the lead actress on popular South African drama series Rockville Season 4, where she played a versatile and highly talked about character Aaliyah, “A woman with a mission. ” Her performance on the series made Ayanda a social media trend and one of the most spoken about media personalities.
She had previously enjoyed various small roles on South Africa’s small screen. Productions that stand out are: Generations Legacy, playing a character named Gugu, Zion –a movie where she acted as a detective alongside seasoned actress Gail Mabalane and a 5-part drama series called Tooth and Nails where she was cast as a run-down pregnant teenager.
Ayanda is a versatile actress fluent in both Zulu and English, with an unwavering drive and passion for the art of acting.
Ayanda landed her first entertainment role as co-host alongside musician and rapper Kiernan Forbes also known as AKA on the entertainment show “Top Entertainment” on Top TV.
She later joined the E! Entertainment Africa family as one of the first faces to cover their red carpet shows across South Africa.
In 2016 Ayanda landed her biggest TV host role as an anchor host on BET Africa’s first magazine and lifestyle show, BET A-list. The weekly entertainment show is a pan-African show that broadcasts in 49 different countries within the African continent.
Catch Ayanda on BET A-list Thursdays at 18:35 pm CAT on BET Africa channel 129.
Model & Influencer
Ayanda Thabethe is the latest face of Legit Fashion.
This is what Legit had to say about their collaboration with Ayanda for their Limited Summer range:
“ As a brand, we are excited to collaborate with Ayanda Thabethe. Ayanda is recognised for her personal style and talents alike and she freely moves between her roles as an actress, TV host, model and business owner.
She encompasses the go-getter attitude that is an inspiration to many South African women. All
that she does and is, speaks directly to who the Legit customer is. “
Ayanda continues to captivate brands and can be seen gracing various magazine covers and fashion spreads, as well as being the lead actress in some of TV’s popular adverts.
Here are some pictures showing off her beautiful, petite, toned frame, but also her style from casuals, to sports, to red carpet looks.