Not too long ago, Khanya Mkangisa, Hulisani Ravele and Selae Thobakgale were on our TV screens as teenagers on YoTV.
Remember when Enhle Mbali was a young actress on SABC1’s Tshisa? How about when we were introduced to Rihanna with her smash single Pon de Replay? Oh, those were the good ‘ol days. All these stars turned the big 3-0 in 2018 and we just cannot believe it! Check out how they celebrated this huge milestone.
Life seems to get better once you turn 30. Just look at Khanya Mkhangisa who is out there living her best life! The actress turned 30 this year and she still looks as beautiful as ever.
On her birthday, she shared an image of herself on the ‘gram with the caption: “God has been generous and blessed me with a life that He curated specifically for me. Even the lows were all part of His great plan and I look forward to all the abundant blessings He still has in store for me, it's only the beginning.”
She also received a message from her bestie, Boity, who posted some throwback images on Twitter with the caption: “I love you so much! May you continue to be the loving light that you are in our lives! Have the best 21st birthday and may #30 be the beginning of your journey of ultimate fulfilment, self-love and enlightenment!”
The TV and radio presenter celebrated 30 in a big way. To make this milestone extra special, Hulisani shared a series of images on her Instagram page.
Meet the special project I've been working on to share with you: 30 Portraits & Poetry. . Starting tomorrow, I will be releasing a series of 30 portraits reflecting emotions of what 30 years of life experience has brought with it and built in me. Each portrait will be narrated with poetry written by talented writer Sizakele Phohleli, @her_mentality, in a collection she has coined ‘Blues for Hulisani’. . 30 is a big milestone and I wanted to celebrate it in a unique way. Bringing #30PortraitsAndPoetry to life was both exciting & nerve-wracking. I started off by writing a list of 30 emotions I felt my life journey has brought with it so far. That meant stripping myself bare and being vulnerable and comfortable with listing the bad or negative emotions alongside the good, happy ones. The images that will be released are untouched and unedited. A decision I intentionally made because being famous does not mean that I am perfect nor do I have to be. I accept and love myself; freckles, flaws, scars, stretch marks, and all; and I hope that those seeing the images are inspired to feel the same about themselves too. I had a terrible break-out on my face leading up to and on the day of the shoot, and that’s exactly how I am going to release the images, as they are. 2018 is a big year for me. Not only do I turn 30 but this year also marks my 21st year in the industry. I am looking forward to sharing this special project with those who have followed and supported my career for the past 21 years. I truly hope that this honest introspection and the portrayal of it inspires others to not only do the same but to also be accepting of the results of that introspection. We are all just doing the best we can at this life thing. It will come with its ups and downs, its mistakes, its trials and triumphs, but for as long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other, it will be YOUR story to tell. And it will be beautiful. . A special thank you to the talented creatives who helped me bring my story and journey to life: @lee_sebolao @afrigarde @royal.mogul @tsholo_photography @her_mentality . #30PortraitsAndPoetry #HulisaniRaveleAt30 #PurposePowerImpact #InAllThings
In the project titled ’30 Portraits & Poetry’, the former child star shared 30 images reflecting emotions of what 30 years of life experience has brought her. “Each portrait will be narrated with poetry written by talented writer Sizakele Phohleli, @her_mentality, in a collection she coined ‘Blues for Hulisani’, she wrote on Instagram.
Some of the emotions she reflected on include rejection, wisdom, peace, fear, disappointment, heartbreak and joy.
#30PortraitsAndPoetry What a journey! I can't believe it's all done. Thank you so much to each and everyone of you who took the time to follow the journey, to understand it and to grasp its true intention. Thank you to those who related and saw their own struggles and triumphs, and to those who penned a comment of recognition, love, and support. I read ALL your comments from the first portrait to the last. Thank you so much. It was a deliberate choice to not respond to the comments (except for those one or two), and that was not because I did not appreciate the praise and encouragement, I just wanted my first and last word to be the poetry and portraits, for them to speak for themselves and in turn speak to you. Thank you for letting me know that I achieved that. A big big thank you to the team who helped me bring this idea to life: To Sizakele, @her_mentality, for allowing your talent to stand in the gap and say and describe the many journeys so many of us have taken but couldn't put into words. Thank you for #BluesForHulisani. To Tsholo, @tsholo_photography, to say 'thank you' will never feel like enough. Thank you for literally bringing my emotions to life. To Maria @afrigarde, thank you for the beautiful art (jewellery pieces) which accompanied the looks. It was SO effortless to work with you. Lastly, to @lee_sebolao and @royal.mogul who looked after wardrobe & styling and make-up respectively, but also doubled up as Creative Directors alongside me, thank you! You are loved and I appreciate you so much. I'll repeat what I said when I launched the project: "I truly hope that this honest introspection and the portrayal of it inspires others to not only do the same but to also be accepting of the results of that introspection. We are all just doing the best we can at this life thing. It will come with its ups and downs, its mistakes, its trials and triumphs, but for as long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other, it will be YOUR story to tell. And it will be beautiful.” . Thank you all again for receiving #30PortraitsAndPoetry as you have, for making this a safe space to share, to learn, and to grow. Love and light Huli
The birthday celebrations continued as Hulisani also went on a trip to Mauritius with her mother.She shared a snap with her mother on Twitter with the caption: “A mother. A daughter. One turned 60. The other 30. One said she didn't want a party, she wanted to go on her 1st international trip. She wanted to go to Mauritius. The other obliged. And so the adventure begin.”
In an interview with Arye Kellman on CliffCentral earlier this year, the seasoned TV presenter said her mindset for 2018 is “do it”. “I’m a very confident person and I’m confident in my dreams and the things I want to do. But sometimes I lack that push in myself of ‘just go’. Because I’m a perfectionist I like everything to be in place before I start… But I have slowly learnt that sometimes you have to start small and start where you are, and then it will grow into what you want it to be.”
Another YoTV alumni is on the list. How is it that time has flown by so quickly? Selae, who is no longer in the limelight, celebrated the big 3-0 with her close friends and family.
She shared some snaps on Instagram with the caption: the night that was! Celebrating my birthday “month” with amazing friends and family! 30! Let’s go.”
Enhle Mbali Maphumulo
For her 30th birthday in March, Enhle Mbali Maphumulo had a 90's themed ‘dirty 30s’ party which was attended by her loved ones.
When asked what she’s looking forward to as she enters her 30s, Enhle told Cosmopolitan magazine: “Living life in the ‘I don’t care lane’ and rather caring about the things that actually matter.” When it comes to what she hopes to learn in her 30s, the businesswoman told the publication: “I have no expectations as I’ve learned that disappointments are born that way, so I’m taking it as it comes.”
She signed off with her popular hashtags. “I’m going to #SimplyLive, #SimplyLove the #SimplyEnhle way.”
Main Image Credit: Instagram/@HulisaniRavele