Boitumelo ThuloVoted the sexiest woman in South Africa for 2 years in
a role by The Sowetan newspaper

I first got to learn about Boitumelo ‘Boity’ Thulo while watching Big Brother Africa and I was completely blown away by her beauty and intellect. Boity as she is fondly called is an ambitious South African born TV presenter, actress and brand ambassador. She brings clarity of thought and purpose to her work and is an amazing young orator. She has been mentioned on the Forbes website for her progressively growing brand and even with her busy schedule, she still performs her duties as a goodwill ambassador for THUSA A GIRL CHILD – an NGO dedicated to helping young girls move out of extreme poverty. We had a nice little chat with Boity to talk about how she got started in TV and she tells us, why all you need in life is “God, determination and good friends”.

Zen: What inspired you to get into the TV industry?
Boity: I’m not too certain where the actual inspiration came from but from a very young age, I would daydream about being on TV for hours and I knew this weird obsession and passion of mine had something to do with my destiny though it wasn’t clear to me at the time. As time went by, the passion and the longing became stronger and right now, I feel so blessed to have been able to hold on to this dream for this long and have it happen faster than my wildest, most faithful thoughts could have ever imagined.

Zen: How would you describe the life of a TV Presenter?
Boity: It is a very busy life and not as glamorous as everyone sees on television. It’s demanding, but it has the most incredible benefits. You meet the most amazing people and you are blessed enough to always be around some great minded individuals with life changing opportunities. It gets stressful but it is always worth it.

Zen: What would you say has been your most memorable moment so far?
Boity: I think I have 2 grand moments. The 1st would have to be the Wimpy ad which I will always mention because it was my “breakthrough” job. That is when it all started for me so I will forever be grateful for the Cheesanator advert. The other is getting my first acting role on the drama series “Rockville“. That has got to be one of my best moments in life. I was given the incredible opportunity to do what I love and not only that, but to do it alongside some of my role models. It was truly an amazing feeling!

Zen: Describe your fashion style to us.
Boity: Uhm. Sheesh. I never know how to answer this question (Laughs)! I genuinely wear what I feel and look good in. I don’t religiously follow the latest trends. Yes I will try my hand at 1 or 2 of the latest trends but only when I feel it is necessary. If it looks and feels amazing on me, whether it is from 2 seasons ago or not, I have NO reason not to wear it. So I’d say my style is comfortable, a touch of sexy and fun. Oh, and colour! I love colour!

Zen: If you had to choose 5 African designers that rock this 2013, who would make your list?
Boity: I think all African designers are simply amazing but if I had to choose just 5, they would be David Tlale ‘who forever stays winning’, Gert Johan Coetzee, Taibo Bacar, Thula Sindi and Christie Brown

Boitumelo Thulo

Zen: On the Big Brother Africa eviction finale, you said “Melvin I absolutely adore you”. Would you say you have a crush on Melvin?
Boity: Y.E.S I do!!!

Zen: How was the whole BBA experience for you working inside the Big brother Africa team?
Boity: It was one of the coolest things I have ever done. At some point, I started to feel like 1 of the housemates because of the incredible interaction and “inside man” vibe I had with the actual and evicted housemates. I loved every minute of it. 🙂

Zen: Any plans to get into acting full time?
Boity: Acting is my life and I plan to make it a full time career. I want nothing more.

Zen: When it comes to modelling, which brands or labels have you worked with?
Boity: I can’t really answer this question from a models point of view because I’m not really a model. I am labelled a “model” because of what I do. I am not an actual model by nature. A good example is Kim Kardashian. She gets called for modelling gigs because of who she is, not because she is an actual model. So in terms of naming brands and amazing model experiences…there’s not much I can say there. Well, FHM was amazing! (Laughs).

Boitumelo ThuloI genuinely wear what I feel and look good in. I don’t
religiously follow the latest trends.” says Boity

Zen: Any inspirational words for aspiring models?
Boity: Well, this is the advice I give to everyone for whatever it is they wish to achieve: do not allow anyone to convince you that your dream is not worth chasing. Only you, God and your heart know and understand the worth & importance of that dream. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dream and are willing to do whatever it takes to assist you in turning that dream into a reality. Do not confuse the universe – don’t pray for something and then act as though you don’t believe that its going to happen. Assist God and the universe and take the necessary steps to making it happen. Don’t underestimate the power of your thoughts and words. Speak your hopes and dreams into the world. And lastly – recognize, understand, appreciate your worth.

Zen: Who are some of your TV and fashion icons?
Boity: For starters my mom, Jo-ann Strauss, Bonang Matheba, Connie Ferguson, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba, and Beyonce

Zen: Are there any charities you presently support?
Boity: I am currently busy assisting a non-profit organisation called “Thusa a Girl Child“. The NGO was set up to provide disadvantaged girls in rural areas the finance and resources to buy sanitary towels to use. We go to schools in rural areas and give them a year’s supply of sanitary pads for the girls because most of these girls don’t have the money to buy pads and because of this, they end up missing school, using unhygienic materials or even going as far as having sex and exposing themselves to sexually transmitted diseases for money to buy pads. We also talk to the girls about important issues that every young girl deserves to know & understand. I’m honoured to be a part of this and I’m very excited with the growth of this project.

Zen: What’s next for Boity?
Boity: ACTING! ACTING! ACTING! I want to do more acting and I am confident that my best is yet to come.

For more information on Boity or to connect with her on social media, please visit her pages below on
Facebook: Boitumelo Boity Thulo
Twitter: @boity

Interviewed by Arinze