South Africa is a country known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and vibrant people. Over the years, it has also become a breeding ground for exceptionally talented individuals who have made their mark on the international stage. take a look at some of these global icons remarkable individuals who have been flying the South African flag high and making the nation proud.
GLOBAL ICONS: TREVOR NOAH – THE COMEDY KINGPIN
Trevor Noah taking a selfie on stage and taking a professional photograph with a rose. Image: Instagram via @trevornoah
Trevor Noah‘s rise to stardom is nothing short of inspiring. Hailing from Soweto, this South African global icon comedian has taken the American comedy scene by storm. Hosting ‘The Daily Show’ since 2015 before his exit in 2022, Trevor brings his unique South African perspective to millions of viewers worldwide.
His sharp wit and insightful humour have made him a beloved figure in the entertainment industry. Trevor’s journey from a small town in South Africa to a global comedy sensation is a testament to hard work and talent.
SHO MADJOZI – THE QUEEN OF GQOM
Sho Madjozi posing for a professional photograph and giving an interview on the carpet. Image: Instagram via @shomadjozi
Sho Madjozi, whose real name is Maya Wegerif, is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. With her infectious energy and captivating music, she has put South African music on the map. Her unique blend of Gqom and Tsonga music has earned this global icon her international acclaim.
Songs like ‘John Cena’ became global hits, with even the wrestling superstar himself acknowledging her. Sho Madjozi’s vibrant music and unapologetic South African pride have made her an international sensation.
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PEARL THUSI – THE ACTION HEROINE
Pearl Thusi posing by the water and in full glam and make-up. Image: Instgram via @pearlthusi
Pearl Thusi is a South African actress and model who has been making waves both locally and internationally. She starred in the Netflix series ‘Queen Sono,’ becoming the first African actress to headline a Netflix original series.
Her impressive acting skills and striking beauty have made her a sought-after global icon in Hollywood. Pearl’s success is a testament to the growing influence of South African talent in the global entertainment industry.
DEMI-LEIGH TEBOW – THE BEAUTY QUEEN
Demi-Leigh Tebow posing for photographs. Image: Instagram via @demitebow
Demi-Leigh Tebow, a South African beauty queen, won the prestigious Miss Universe title in 2017. Hailing from Sedgefield in the Western Cape, she has not only represented South Africa with grace and poise but has also become a global advocate for causes like women’s empowerment and self-defence training.
Demi-Leigh’s journey from a small South African town to the Miss Universe stage has inspired countless young women worldwide.
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