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About

She is a model, TV presenter, actress, MC, radio personality and businesswoman. She's also a mother to two little girls.

Personal life

Pearl Thusi whose full name is Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi was born on 13 May 1988, in Durban KwaZulu Natal, Hammarsdale. Pearl, the eldest child in her family, has two younger sisters, Prunella and Pamela Thusi. 

She is a stand out in her family as she is much lighter than everyone else, something she said she was teased for. 

“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, who go five generations back, were mixed race, and so that is where it came from,

Pearl Thusi says she owes it to her parents for helping shape her into the person she is today. Unfortunately, her mother died in 2004 when Pearl was still a teen. Whenever she speaks about her, the star often talks about how hard-working she was.  

Pearl Thusi's Family | Source: InstagramAs a result, Pearl had to shoulder the responsibilities at home but it became overbearing for her and thus 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.

While Pearl looked up to her mom, her relationship with her father, Bhekizizwe Thusi, was a bit complicated. 

Pearl admits he was the first man to break her heart for abusing her mother. Their relationship became strained after she died.

Pearl mended her relationship with her father and was on good terms until he passed away. She shared the news on Instagram in a heartfelt post. 2020 was the first time Pearl Thusi celebrated her birthday without her father.

Pearl Thusi's Schooling

Pearl Thusi went to Pinetown Girls High School and then moved to WITS Business School in Johannesburg but dropped out in her second year. 

She was expectant at the time with her first baby and thus had difficulties in keeping up with her academics. 

In 2020, she applied to the University of South Africa, commonly referred to as UniSA, but her education was again put on hold after her father passed away. Then, the global health crisis, coronavirus, struck.

Pearl Thusi's Career

How Did Pearl Thusi’s Career Begin? 

Pearl Thusi | Source: InstagramPearl Thusi began her career as a model, participating in pageants during her school days while still in her hometown of KwaZulu Natal. 

By the time she was in high school, she was actively modelling and won First Runner Up in Miss SA Teen in 2003, followed by Miss KZN in 2005. 

This was just the beginning of her success. She featured on premium magazine covers such as Bona Magazine, Blaque, True Love, Dossier, Elle, and Cosmopolitan, to name a few. At this point, she slowly transitioned into acting. 

Since then, Pearl Thusi has starred in several local and international films. Some memorable movies Pearl has featured include Kalushi, Tremors Five: Bloodlines, and Rosa.

Pearl Thusi's Scorpion Kings | Source: InstagramShe has also made appearances on TV shows such as Rhythm City, Zone 14, Soul City, and Isidingo. She also played warrior princess Tala in Scorpion King: Book of Souls. 

Since then, Pearl has been good friends with co-star Zach McGowan. She also acted in Catching Feelings with Kagiso Lediga, a romantic comedy that streamed on Netflix.

In 2016, Pearl hit newer heights when she bagged one of the biggest TV roles. She was part of the American TV series Quantico

In season two of the show, Pearl played Dayana Mampasi, a Harvard Law School graduate from Zimbabwe. The show also starred Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. Quantico aired its final episode in 2018.

Pearl Thusi's Career | Source: InstagramDespite her numerous appearances on shows, Pearl is best known for her latest project, 'Queen Sono', which was well-received by fans. 

Pearl plays Queen Sono, a 'spy working for an undercover South African agency devoted to protecting the people of Africa.'

Despite the big reception, Queen Sono didn’t make it past season one. Netflix cancelled the show because of the production challenges occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

Pearl Thusi’s Businesses

Pearl Thusi's Hair Care Range | Source: Instagram

Famous for her trademark afro, Pearl Thusi decided to ride the wave. In 2015, she launched her haircare range, Black Pearl. She partnered with Afro-Botanics on the project.

Pearl Thusi's Gin Brand Black Rose | Source: InstagramPearl is also in the alcohol industry. In 2021, she bought equity in the gin brand named Black Rose. 

Pearl Thusi's Relationships

Who Is Pearl Thusi’s Boyfriend?

It was revealed in 2021 that Pearl Thusi is dating an Aussie man named Shaun Keith Alfred Bonnet whom she planned to marry. Keith Alfred is a CEO of a retail company and the founder of eGift App Card. The two are yet to tie the knot.

Pearl Thusi's Previous Relationships

Pearl Thusi dated her baby daddy Walter Mokoena in the early days of her career. Despite Pearl and Walter having never been married, speculation went around that Walter married Pearl. The two have a daughter names Thando and are co-parenting. 

After her split from Walter, Pearl had a string of short-lived relationships. Some of them involved Rapper Da Les, Quinton Jones, and Robert Marawa.

Although it was never confirmed, Quinton Jones and Pearl Thusi allegedly dated. The relationship fizzled out when fans speculated that Minnie Dlamini stole him from under Pearl’s nose.

In 2016, Pearl Thusi met Robert Marawa and was quickly engaged with the celebrated sports journalist. Both made their relationship official on Instagram that year. 

However, they never walked down the aisle as they went their separate ways. 

Next in the picture was the Spanish & Congolese NBA star Serge Ibaka although this was heavily pegged on speculation more than anything. 

Who Are Pearl Thusi’s Kids?

Pearl Thusi's Children | Source: InstagramPearl Thusi has two daughters, Thandolwethu ‘Thando’ Mokoena whose father is her ex-boyfriend Walter Mokoena. 

Pearl adopted her second daughter Okuhle Thusi, in 2018 but only confirmed the news in May 2019 through an Instagram post.

Pearl Thusi's Children | Source: Instagram“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 Thusi's Controversy

Pearl Thusi found herself on the receiving end on Twitter after she made a distasteful remark about the Grammy Awards in April.

DJ Black Coffee won his first Grammy but she ranted about Nigerian superstar Wizkid not winning the award to which she remarked that the award is not given to the deserving.

Twitter users called her out for complaining unnecessarily and took a jibe at her for getting too many roles on Netflix, not for her ability but because of the colour of her skin.   

Is Pearl Thusi and DJ Zinhle Beefing?

Pearl Thusi & DJ Zinhle | Source: InstagramDJ Zinhle and Pearl Thusi were reunited by their dislike of Bonang Matheba. They have shared friendship goals on their social media and have gotten Mzansi support for being genuine in an industry where friendships are mostly cosmetic.

Lately, Mzansi are wondering whether the two have had a fallout. They aren't as public with their feelings for one another as they once were. Is it because there is a problem or we are overreacting?

Cars, House & Net Worth

Pearl Thusi’s Cars

Pearl Thusi's Car | Source: Instagram

Pearl Thusi standing beside a Rolls Royce | Source: InstagramThe question is not whether she drives. The question is which brand Pearl Thusi moves around in. Well, we got you. In 2017, the actress got herself a Lexus L570 SUV. Over the years, we’ve seen her photographed with other models like Rolls Royce, Bentley and Volkswagen.

Pearl Thusi’s House

Pearl Thusi's House | Source: InstagramPearl Thusi recently bought herself a gorgeous new mansion with a massive backyard. Her bestie DJ Zinhle got carried away and blessed Mzansi’s Twitter feeds with a video tour of the house. However, the location remains unknown.

Pearl Thusi’s Net Worth?

Arguably one of the richest actors in Africa, Pearl Thusi’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million or R31.1 million. 

She has several sources of income including her business ventures, endorsements, and movies.

Awards & Recognition

First Runner Up in 2003 Miss South Africa Teen Pageant

Pearl Thusi won the Miss KZN title in 2005

She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for TV Drama Zone 14 at the 2013 SAFTA Awards.

Social Media

Pearl Thusi's Instagram: @PearlThusi 

Pearl Thusi's Twitter: @PearlThusi  

Pearl Thusi's Facebook: Pearl Thusi  

Q&A

What does Pearl Thusi do for a living?

Pearl Thusi is a TV and radio personality, a movie star, a model and a businesswoman.

Who did Pearl Thusi marry?

In 2021, word had it that Pearl Thusi was to walk down the aisle with her Aussie boyfriend Shaun Keith Alfred Bonnet. However, to date, the two haven't tied the knot.  

What Is Pearl Thusi's net worth?

Pearl Thusi’s exact net worth is unknown but is estimated to be around $2 million. She’s one of South Africa’s richest celebrities.

Is Pearl Thusi's hair real?

Pearl Thusi’s signature afro is 100% real, and she’s dead proud of it!

Also known as:
Queen Sono, The Real Black Pearl
Real name:
Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi
Occupation:
Model, TV presenter, actress, MC, radio personality and businesswoman
Birthday:
13 May 1988
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Taurus
Birth place:
KwaZulu Natal, Hammersdale
Height:
5’5 or 165cm
Children:
Thandolwethu ‘Thando’ Mokoena, Okuhle Thusi
Net Worth:
$2 million or R31.1 million

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Image of Pearl Thusi's Biography: Personal Life, Schooling, Career, Relationships, Controversy, Car
Also known as:
Queen Sono, The Real Black Pearl
Real name:
Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi
Occupation:
Model, TV presenter, actress, MC, radio personality and businesswoman
Birthday:
13 May 1988
Nationality:
South African
Star sign:
Taurus
Birth place:
KwaZulu Natal, Hammersdale
Height:
5’5 or 165cm
Children:
Thandolwethu ‘Thando’ Mokoena, Okuhle Thusi
Net Worth:
$2 million or R31.1 million

About

She is a model, TV presenter, actress, MC, radio personality and businesswoman. She's also a mother to two little girls.

Personal life

Pearl Thusi whose full name is Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi was born on 13 May 1988, in Durban KwaZulu Natal, Hammarsdale. Pearl, the eldest child in her family, has two younger sisters, Prunella and Pamela Thusi. 

She is a stand out in her family as she is much lighter than everyone else, something she said she was teased for. 

“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, who go five generations back, were mixed race, and so that is where it came from,

Pearl Thusi says she owes it to her parents for helping shape her into the person she is today. Unfortunately, her mother died in 2004 when Pearl was still a teen. Whenever she speaks about her, the star often talks about how hard-working she was.  

Pearl Thusi's Family | Source: InstagramAs a result, Pearl had to shoulder the responsibilities at home but it became overbearing for her and thus 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.

While Pearl looked up to her mom, her relationship with her father, Bhekizizwe Thusi, was a bit complicated. 

Pearl admits he was the first man to break her heart for abusing her mother. Their relationship became strained after she died.

Pearl mended her relationship with her father and was on good terms until he passed away. She shared the news on Instagram in a heartfelt post. 2020 was the first time Pearl Thusi celebrated her birthday without her father.

Pearl Thusi's Schooling

Pearl Thusi went to Pinetown Girls High School and then moved to WITS Business School in Johannesburg but dropped out in her second year. 

She was expectant at the time with her first baby and thus had difficulties in keeping up with her academics. 

In 2020, she applied to the University of South Africa, commonly referred to as UniSA, but her education was again put on hold after her father passed away. Then, the global health crisis, coronavirus, struck.

Pearl Thusi's Career

How Did Pearl Thusi’s Career Begin? 

Pearl Thusi | Source: InstagramPearl Thusi began her career as a model, participating in pageants during her school days while still in her hometown of KwaZulu Natal. 

By the time she was in high school, she was actively modelling and won First Runner Up in Miss SA Teen in 2003, followed by Miss KZN in 2005. 

This was just the beginning of her success. She featured on premium magazine covers such as Bona Magazine, Blaque, True Love, Dossier, Elle, and Cosmopolitan, to name a few. At this point, she slowly transitioned into acting. 

Since then, Pearl Thusi has starred in several local and international films. Some memorable movies Pearl has featured include Kalushi, Tremors Five: Bloodlines, and Rosa.

Pearl Thusi's Scorpion Kings | Source: InstagramShe has also made appearances on TV shows such as Rhythm City, Zone 14, Soul City, and Isidingo. She also played warrior princess Tala in Scorpion King: Book of Souls. 

Since then, Pearl has been good friends with co-star Zach McGowan. She also acted in Catching Feelings with Kagiso Lediga, a romantic comedy that streamed on Netflix.

In 2016, Pearl hit newer heights when she bagged one of the biggest TV roles. She was part of the American TV series Quantico

In season two of the show, Pearl played Dayana Mampasi, a Harvard Law School graduate from Zimbabwe. The show also starred Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra. Quantico aired its final episode in 2018.

Pearl Thusi's Career | Source: InstagramDespite her numerous appearances on shows, Pearl is best known for her latest project, 'Queen Sono', which was well-received by fans. 

Pearl plays Queen Sono, a 'spy working for an undercover South African agency devoted to protecting the people of Africa.'

Despite the big reception, Queen Sono didn’t make it past season one. Netflix cancelled the show because of the production challenges occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

Pearl Thusi’s Businesses

Pearl Thusi's Hair Care Range | Source: Instagram

Famous for her trademark afro, Pearl Thusi decided to ride the wave. In 2015, she launched her haircare range, Black Pearl. She partnered with Afro-Botanics on the project.

Pearl Thusi's Gin Brand Black Rose | Source: InstagramPearl is also in the alcohol industry. In 2021, she bought equity in the gin brand named Black Rose. 

Pearl Thusi's Relationships

Who Is Pearl Thusi’s Boyfriend?

It was revealed in 2021 that Pearl Thusi is dating an Aussie man named Shaun Keith Alfred Bonnet whom she planned to marry. Keith Alfred is a CEO of a retail company and the founder of eGift App Card. The two are yet to tie the knot.

Pearl Thusi's Previous Relationships

Pearl Thusi dated her baby daddy Walter Mokoena in the early days of her career. Despite Pearl and Walter having never been married, speculation went around that Walter married Pearl. The two have a daughter names Thando and are co-parenting. 

After her split from Walter, Pearl had a string of short-lived relationships. Some of them involved Rapper Da Les, Quinton Jones, and Robert Marawa.

Although it was never confirmed, Quinton Jones and Pearl Thusi allegedly dated. The relationship fizzled out when fans speculated that Minnie Dlamini stole him from under Pearl’s nose.

In 2016, Pearl Thusi met Robert Marawa and was quickly engaged with the celebrated sports journalist. Both made their relationship official on Instagram that year. 

However, they never walked down the aisle as they went their separate ways. 

Next in the picture was the Spanish & Congolese NBA star Serge Ibaka although this was heavily pegged on speculation more than anything. 

Who Are Pearl Thusi’s Kids?

Pearl Thusi's Children | Source: InstagramPearl Thusi has two daughters, Thandolwethu ‘Thando’ Mokoena whose father is her ex-boyfriend Walter Mokoena. 

Pearl adopted her second daughter Okuhle Thusi, in 2018 but only confirmed the news in May 2019 through an Instagram post.

Pearl Thusi's Children | Source: Instagram“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 Thusi's Controversy

Pearl Thusi found herself on the receiving end on Twitter after she made a distasteful remark about the Grammy Awards in April.

DJ Black Coffee won his first Grammy but she ranted about Nigerian superstar Wizkid not winning the award to which she remarked that the award is not given to the deserving.

Twitter users called her out for complaining unnecessarily and took a jibe at her for getting too many roles on Netflix, not for her ability but because of the colour of her skin.   

Is Pearl Thusi and DJ Zinhle Beefing?

Pearl Thusi & DJ Zinhle | Source: InstagramDJ Zinhle and Pearl Thusi were reunited by their dislike of Bonang Matheba. They have shared friendship goals on their social media and have gotten Mzansi support for being genuine in an industry where friendships are mostly cosmetic.

Lately, Mzansi are wondering whether the two have had a fallout. They aren't as public with their feelings for one another as they once were. Is it because there is a problem or we are overreacting?

Cars, House & Net Worth

Pearl Thusi’s Cars

Pearl Thusi's Car | Source: Instagram

Pearl Thusi standing beside a Rolls Royce | Source: InstagramThe question is not whether she drives. The question is which brand Pearl Thusi moves around in. Well, we got you. In 2017, the actress got herself a Lexus L570 SUV. Over the years, we’ve seen her photographed with other models like Rolls Royce, Bentley and Volkswagen.

Pearl Thusi’s House

Pearl Thusi's House | Source: InstagramPearl Thusi recently bought herself a gorgeous new mansion with a massive backyard. Her bestie DJ Zinhle got carried away and blessed Mzansi’s Twitter feeds with a video tour of the house. However, the location remains unknown.

Pearl Thusi’s Net Worth?

Arguably one of the richest actors in Africa, Pearl Thusi’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million or R31.1 million. 

She has several sources of income including her business ventures, endorsements, and movies.

Awards & Recognition

First Runner Up in 2003 Miss South Africa Teen Pageant

Pearl Thusi won the Miss KZN title in 2005

She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for TV Drama Zone 14 at the 2013 SAFTA Awards.

Social Media

Pearl Thusi's Instagram: @PearlThusi 

Pearl Thusi's Twitter: @PearlThusi  

Pearl Thusi's Facebook: Pearl Thusi  

Q&A

What does Pearl Thusi do for a living?

Pearl Thusi is a TV and radio personality, a movie star, a model and a businesswoman.

Who did Pearl Thusi marry?

In 2021, word had it that Pearl Thusi was to walk down the aisle with her Aussie boyfriend Shaun Keith Alfred Bonnet. However, to date, the two haven't tied the knot.  

What Is Pearl Thusi's net worth?

Pearl Thusi’s exact net worth is unknown but is estimated to be around $2 million. She’s one of South Africa’s richest celebrities.

Is Pearl Thusi's hair real?

Pearl Thusi’s signature afro is 100% real, and she’s dead proud of it!