Vogue shoot: SA actress Thuso Mbedu going places in Giorgio Armani

Mbedu, who has been flying the South African flag high in Hollywood, will be striking a modelling pose in outfits from legendary fashion designer Giorgio Armani’s latest collection for Vogue Magazine’s May edition.


The South African actress, who earned her second Emmy nomination in 2020 for her role in Is’Thunzi, is living the golden dream in California after she bagged a lead role in the Hollywood series The Underground Railroad.

In her announcement post to her 1.3 million Instagram followers, the actress is wearing a dark blue Giorgio Armani gown for her Vogue shoot.

“Things to look forward to: The May 2021 issue of Vogue Magazine celebrating Mr Giorgio Armani,” wrote Mbedu in the caption.

The Tweeps filled the comments section of Thuso Mbedu’s announcement post with heartfelt praise for the actress.

You are such an inspiration to us the hopeless ❤

— Miss Methu (@Pulane_Methu) April 1, 2021
Born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, Thuso Mdeba started with a small role in IsiBaya and is most famous for her role on the telenovela Is’Thunzi.

The Vogue feature is the latest in the actress’s rise to international fame. In January, she made Essence Magazine’s 20 Young Black Hollywood Stars To Watch in 2021 alongside fellow South African actress and Coming 2 America star Nomzamo Mbatha.

Last year, she announced that she was cast as Cora in the American series, titled The Underground Railroad. The series is an Amazon Original and categorised as a ‘limited series’ with 10 episodes. The Underground Railroad is based on Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel with the same title. The series is directed by Barry Jenkins.

The series follows Thuso Mbedu as Cora who boards a train to embark on a harrowing trip after she escapes a Georgia plantation to seek freedom while being hunted by a slave catcher.

“History is made by those who dare to try!” she wrote in the caption.

Giorgio Armani’s Armani Privé Spring Summer 2021 Haute Couture has been described as a representation of a desire to evolve on an aesthetic level with the eruption of colours being a declaration of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“My work has one single goal: Giving women the inner strength that comes with being at ease, with who they are and what they are wearing,” said the 86-year-old designer to Vogue.