Modelling was never part of the plan for 22-year-old Lindelwa who is a professional model based in Stanger.
The young beauty took some time before realizing her striking looks and with a few nudges from friends and family, she was able to embrace her stunning features. “It all started when I was doing my Matric at Stanger Secondary School in 2016, I entered Miss Winter Fair but sadly, I did not do well. I didn’t even make the top 5 and that devastated me.” After vowing not to walk on a runway again, the now less shy Lindelwa tried her luck again at her first year at DUT. “People from my residence convinced me to enter a competition called Miss Green and I made it to the top 20 out of 85 contenders. I felt great about myself”
Shortly after that she met photographers Denzel Sibanda and Bheki Mthembu who were both instrumental in helping her gain confidence. “We would take pictures and post them on Facebook and the feedback was amazing. They told me that I was a natural in front of the camera and I was inspired to do more. In my heart, I wanted to do it for the next dark-skinned girl who was also living in a shadow and didn’t think that they were beautiful enough.”
Growing up, Lindelwa was a very quiet girl with a low self esteem because of how beauty was presented. “We were made to believe that only light skinned people are beautiful.” Modeling played a huge role in helping her regain her self esteem and since then, she has been a leading light in the town of KwaDukuza.
Lindelwa has also started her own doughnut zone business. “Growing up, I always wanted to become an entrepreneur so with my small business, it is just a step away from making my dreams come true. My main purpose is to create job opportunities for young people,” she says. Her big break was with Mr Price in Durban, that gig opened many doors for her including working with Author Ford and being in an international billboard.
Lindelwa hopes to be an inspiration and the reason why young black girls believe in themselves and do not conform to society’s beauty standards. She admits that the industry is very tough and advises that if one is not true to themselves then the journey is less likely to be enjoyable. “Most female models always inspire one another, and, in my case, I have met a bunch of lovely ladies.”
This women’s day, our model stresses just how important this day is. “Women’s day is very important as we celebrate the strength and resilience of women and their contribution to society. It keeps me motivated and gives me courage to be able to overcome any obstacle because the women before me were able to do the impossible.”