With a killer smile and looks to match, it isn’t a wonder that Boitumelo Thulo is fast rising to stardom in South Africa.
Born in Potchefstroom, Boity – as she is more affectionately known – has already made major inroad in South Africa’s entertainment and modelling scene. Already a seasoned veteran on television, she also has an impressive modelling portfolio to back her up and is set to find new pathways to success in the near future as well.
It all started with being cast in a Wimpy commercial in March 2010, as Boity was introduced to South Africa, who fell in love with her at first sight. More commercials followed for “DSTV Africa” and MiWay before she moved onto a string of appearances in several television shows.
After a cameo role in the popular series 4 Play – Sex tips for Girls, Boity was asked to present Crib Notes – an educational show on DSTV. She worked on SABC1’s The Media Career Guide and made appearances on DSTV’s 10 over 10. Boity currently presents her own show – Zoned – every Thursday at 6.30pm.
But even if you missed her on television, Boity has already carved out a name for herself in the modelling world, and was named at number 72 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2012. The Sowetan newspaper went one further, naming her the Sexiest Woman in SA for 2012 and 2013. All this led to her being named as the brand ambassador for Iman Cosmetics Africa.
Fashion shoots for local clothing label Head Honcho as well as a cover shoot for French Magazine Diouda underlined her demand and it was also capped when 3Talk’s Noleen named her one of South Afirca’s “It girls”.
Describing herself as “Happy, content, grateful, lovable, crazy, brave, faithful, blessed and funny” Boity remains as popular as ever, with a social media following that is the envy of many others, totalling more than 70 000 on Twitter and over 30 000 on Facebook.
As busy as she is, she has no problem giving back to the community and performs her duties as a goodwill ambassador for Thusa A Girl Child – a charity organisation dedicated to helping young girls who were raised in extreme poverty.
She credits her grandparents for shaping her personality and giving her the drive she has to stay at the top.
“I think being raised by my grandparents, who were strict but allowed my creative wisdom to shine through, was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. I was never afraid of my wishes and dreams.
“That’s where I get my faith and that’s how I learned that nothing is impossible. They allowed me my creative freedom and never forced me to be what I knew I was not destined to be. So yeah, my grandparents – who they were to me and they morals & values they instilled in me from a young is the reason I am who I am today,” she explains.
With so much going for her, Boity sees herself working towards leaving a positive legacy that instils love in people.
“I want to leave behind a legacy of compassion and freedom. I want to be to others what I want the world to be to my daughter. I want to leave behind love. I want people to know that it is ok to love without wanting it in return. To give without expecting anything in return.
“The foundation of the world is love. And that’s how everything should be started – with love. I just want to make it seem cool to be positive, motivated, unashamed of your dreams and never allowing people to dictate what you should & should not believe in, what you should and shouldn’t like, love, dream about, aspire towards.
“I want to make being positive the new black. LOL!”
With passion and drive like that, there will be few who will bet against Boity succeeding – and succeeding with a smile…