Pearl Thusi Biography: Daughter, Parents, Movies, Hair Products, Net Worth

Pearl Thusi’s biography is filled with trials, tribulations, and triumphs.

By  | Oct 03, 2019, 05:29 PM

Pearl Thusi is a model, TV presenter, actress, MC, radio personality and businesswoman. 

She started her modelling career when she was a teenager and has participated in several pageants.

Pearl won Miss KwaZulu-Natal in 2005 and was crowned first runner-up at Miss SA Teen in 2003. 

The Durban beauty rose to fame as a presenter on SABC 3’s iCrew in 2006. 

She moved to Johannesburg after completing her high school education to pursue her studies at Wits University.

Pearl continued to work on her modelling and acting career while studying. 

The former Pinetown Girls' High School pupil bagged a role opposite American actress Jill Scott in the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency in 2009.

Pearl made history in 2018 when Netflix announced she would star in Queen Sono – the streaming company’s first-ever African original series. 

She has hosted shows such as Lip Sync Battle Africa on MTV, BET Africa’s Behind the Story, SABC 1’s LIVE Amp and the Comedy Central Roast of AKA.

Pearl partnered with WWF South Africa in 2019 to help protect South Africa's wildlife.

Here’s a look at pearl Thusi’s biography.

How old is Pearl Thusi? 

Pearl Thusi turned 31 years old in 2019.
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Pearl Thusi age

Pearl Thusi was born in Durban’s kwaNdengezi township on May 13, 1988.  Her full name is Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi. She is the eldest child in her family and has two younger sisters, Prunella and Pamela Thusi.  Pearl also has four older half-siblings. She says she had a very happy childhood despite children teasing her about the colour of her skin. Pearl is much lighter than the rest of her family.

“My father is dark. My mother was slightly light. I have a recessive gene from five generations back on my dad's side. My ancestors five generations back were mixed race and so that is where it came from. With a gene recession it is normal, that for years nobody would be born light, or have blue eyes, until a few generations later,” she told Glen Lewis on Touch HD in 2017.
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Pearl Thusi parents

Pearl Thusi’s parents helped shaped the person she is today. Her mother died in 2004 when she was still a teenager.  Pearl often speaks about her mom in interviews, describing her as the "hardest worker". After her mother’s death, Pearl said she had to fill the role of mom and wife. She moved to Johannesburg after completing high school.

“I ran away from being a mother to my sisters and being a wife to my father (in a sense) to being a real wife and mother,” she told Anele Mdoda on Real Talk.

Pearl’s relationship with her father, Bhekizizwe Thusi, was a bit complicated. He allegedly abused her mother and Pearl admits he was the first man to break her heart. Their relationship also became strained after her mother’s death. The father and daughter have since worked on their relationship and are doing well.
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Pearl Thusi Quantico

Pearl Thusi bagged one of her biggest TV roles in 2016 when she was cast in American TV series, Quantico. The show starred Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. Pearl played Dayana Mampasi, a Harvard Law School graduate from Zimbabwean in season two. Quantico aired its final episode in 2018.

Pearl described what it was like working on the set in an interview with the Citizen newspaper.

“Some days my call time is as early as 5am and others I only get picked up at 1pm. We have anything between 12 to 14 hours on set, and sometimes I am there throughout, depending on the location of the scene, as well as camera angles. Before we shoot any scene we need to rehearse and the director then sees which camera shot he would like. Bear in mind that these cameras are moved around meaning we sometimes have to repeat the same scene a few times,” she said.

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Pearl Thusi movie

Pearl Thusi has starred in several local and international films.  She played warrior princess Tala in Scorpion King: Book of Souls. American actor Zach McGowan played the lead role in the film. The straight to DVD movie, which was shot in Cape Town, was released in October 2018. Pearl and Zach have since become good friends. 

Pearl Thusi also acted in Catching Feelings with Kagiso Lediga. The romantic comedy was streamed on Netflix. 

Some of Pearl’s other movie features include Kalushi and Tremors 5: Bloodlines

She has also appeared on TV shows such as Rhythm City, Zone 14, Soul City and Isidingo.
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Pearl Thusi and Robert Marawa 

After months of speculation, Pearl Thusi and Robert Marawa made their relationship official on Instagram in 2016. They tried to play coy at first, but Pearl eventually confirmed the news on Real Talk.

“He took me to my favourite restaurant - he's very romantic… [a] platter came and there was a box and I thought it was chocolate and then I opened it and in the end I realised what was going on and then there he was, sweating, and then finally it happened. He did kneel but I didn’t see that,” she said.

Pearl and Robert broke up before they could walk down the aisle. He confirmed their split in August 2017. “I confirm the rumour & speculation that our relationship with Miss Pearl Thusi ended a few months ago. We continue 2 be good friends though,” he tweeted.

Despite his claims that they remained good friends, the former lovers would later take jabs at each other on social media.

Quinton Jones and Pearl Thusi

Pearl Thusi reportedly dated TV producer Quinton Jones before he fell madly in love with Minnie Dlamini. Pearl has never confirmed the relationship. Some reports claimed Minnie snatched Quinton from under Pearl’s nose. But the love triangle reports are unlikely to be untrue as Pearl was one of the first to congratulate Minnie and Quinton when they got engaged. “YAAAAASSSS,” she wrote with Minnie announced her engagement on Instagram in 2016.
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Pearl Thusi daughter 

Pearl Thusi has a daughter named Thandolwethu with her ex-boyfriend Walter Mokoena. Her family and friends call her Thando. Pearl fell pregnant with Thando during her first year at university. Pearl also has an adopted daughter named Okuhle. She is believed to have adopted Okuhle in late 2018 but only confirmed the news in May 2019.

“Mothers are like heroes... They're not only born. They can also become. Be made. Not only by blood, but by love. By kindness. Bravery. Compassion,” Pearl wrote on Instagram.
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Pearl Thusi and her husband 

Pearl Thusi does not have a husband and has never been married. Some of the star's fans believe she was married to Walter Mokoena but the pair never got hitched. Pearl’s rumoured famous exes include NBA star Serge Ibaka and rapper Da Les.
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DJ Zinhle and Pearl Thusi

Pearl Thusi and her best friend DJ Zinhle are practically joined at the hip. They became closer in 2015 after Zinhle’s baby daddy AKA left her for Bonang Matheba. Zinhle even moved in with Pearl while her mansion was being built in 2017. The DJ joked that Pearl practically forced her to move into her house.

“I didn't have a home, I was homeless and she was in New York and she literally forced me to move into her house  and I was really uncomfortable but she was like, I'm not hearing it you're moving to my house, so I moved with my nanny, my baby, everything into her house." Zinhle said on Cannel O's Top 5 Drive.
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Pearl Thusi hair products

Pearl Thusi launched her hair care range, Black Pearl, in 2015. Pearl is known for her trademark afro and it made sense for her to start a line of her own hair products. She partnered with Afro-botanics to create the range. Pearl Thusi’s hair products are still flying off the shelves in 2019.
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Pearl Thusi net worth

Pearl Thusi is one of the richest actors in Africa and is reportedly worth millions. Pearl’s exact net worth is unknown, but it is believed to be in the region of $2 million.  Between her business ventures, endorsements and movies, Pearl has several sources of income.
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