Malampane Ntebatse Vinolia is a fast-rising model in Gauteng, Pretoria South Africa.
A 25-year-old hailing from Limpopo in Bolobedu village, she was initially rendered introverted owing to her society’s perception of her skin color.
However, with time, she battled that discrimination, soaring to become not only a model but a champion promoting her type of complexion in a meteoric from grass to grace ascension.
The model has an upcoming event on 30th November 2019 at Melrose House (Pretoria, Scheiding Street), an annual occasion in South Africa courting numbers.
Vinolia shares her story with Ducor Pop Culture and below is a verbatim transcription of it.
Ducor Pop Culture: Who is Vinolia and what are you doing currently?
Ntebatse Vinolia: My name is Malapane Ntebatse Vinolia, I am 25 years old. I am originally from Limpopo in Bolobedu, though I now live in Gauteng, Pretoria, South Africa.
I studied events management at Tshwane University of Technology and I graduated in April this year.
Currently, I am a model, CEO and founder of three companies; Modelling agency with Ntebatse Vinolia, Fashion show with Ntebatse Vinolia and Artistes management with Ntebatse Vinolia.
The first two companies are basically for fashion and the others being events management companies.
DPC: What is your journey and how did you reach where you are now?
Ntebatse Vinolia: Well, my journey throughout has been fashion. I started with a passion for modelling days back when I was still young.
At the time, I was in primary school. I was constantly bullied because of my skin tone, and sometimes going to school was very hard for me as I would always ask myself- what will happen today, what will they say about me and how they will laugh at me.
All the jokes about dark and ugly were always about me. In high school, it was the same thing, and my life was hell. There was no way out, I have always been a smart kid who would perform well and was always on top in my class.
Though I loved beauty pageants very much, I wasn't able to participate because of the color of my skin. People would laugh at me, make jokes about me and I would be denied the chances by modelling clubs.
I didn't really have many friends since people didn't want to associate with me.
Well, I passed my matric (high school) with flying colours, then in the year 2013 I moved to Gauteng for further my studies and bit by bit; I started gaining my self-confidence.
I started entering pageants and my first ever modelling agency was with Steele Model Management and interesting enough, all the agencies wanted me to join them.
Finally, the village girl who had always been mocked because of her skin tone started gaining her self-confidence.
I am now a good model who works well with designers and so far, I have dealt with international designers like House of Perris (United Kingdom), Didi Couture (Zimbabwe), Shakti Collection(India) and Black Bitow (Gabon).
DPC: What was the whole idea about you starting to operate into the fashion and modelling business?
Ntebatse Vinolia: Well, the whole issue was or is because I look good in clothes. I have recently opened my own events company that hosts annual fashion shows, I got this concept from assessing the local fashion and realizing that South African designers are good but they just don't have the right models to actually sell and advertise their clothes, that's where my company comes in.
Apart from being a village girl from Bolobedu (yes, I grew up in my home village), I am a hard-working woman, who believes that the sky is the limit.
I believe that I am the next big thing here in South Africa, and the Lord is using me to show girls back in the village that it is possible and there is a way out from there.
On the launching of my company, it was a success and everything went well as I had planned.
I am doing well for myself and the three companies I am operating. I think I should share my story with everyone and motivate other kids in the villages who feel there is no way out. I am here to tell you that I am a living testimony and there’s a way out.
DPC: What has made you so confident today and what's your aim as a model?
Ntebatse Vinolia: I personally believe that the Lord is using me to actually save lives, to show people that it doesn’t matter what people said or say about to you. You just have to believe that it is all possible.
For instance, there are young girls out there suffering from depression because of their dark skin, they want to do certain things but because of their dark skin they are not confident enough.
DPC: How have you motivated young ladies who are still struggling with life out there?
Ntebatse Vinolia: I am here to tell you that there’s a way out. My story can save your life because I am a testament. I am doing well for myself, and also I am a hard-working young woman with big dreams in life. For instance, I have my own modelling agency and many girls always come to me saying that I inspire them very much with my talent.
I also have my other company that manages musicians who are not well acknowledged in South Africa. The entertainment world is an interesting world for me. I love it very much. I have found my purpose in life, and with my hard work, I am going far in life.
My other company Fashion Show With Ntebatse Vinolia is also doing well. I am having my third fashion show this month at Melrose House, and I have recently joined the Jaguar and Land Rover family.
I think this makes me great and motivates every young lady out there.
DPC: How do you feel, sharing your story?
Ntebatse Vinolia: I feel sharing my story with kids who are growing up with a dark skin mainly in South Africa will give them light, show them that there’s indeed a way out from that village. I want to be their voice, I want to show them that dark skin doesn’t mean you will not succeed in life. It is not a barrier to success.
DPC: Your quote to everyone?
Ntebatse Vinolia: Everyone is destined for greatness in life, you just have to work hard for what you want. Success is diverse and it doesn’t discriminate.