Media personality and entrepreneur, Vimbai Mutinhiri is the cover star for the latest issue of Blanck Lite.
The former BBA contest and host of the now-defunct Star Gist opens up to the magazine on a variety of issues including losing her fiancé, quitting Star Gist and what lies ahead for her.
See her gorgeous photos for the issue and excerpts from her revealing interview below.
On ending Star Gist: “I will miss the StarGist show; it was such a major part of my life but I’m at peace that it’s ending, I think it’s had a great run. I came on board as a presenter, and grabbed the reigns when it we decided to relocate the show to Nigeria. After four years, I felt like the show was getting stale and I was actually getting bored with it; I needed a new challenge; I needed reinvention”.
On her forthcoming reality show: “I have just finished producing my own reality travel series called Miss Vimbai Travels and it is a dream come true! I travel the world with my favourite celebs and try new things! My favourite cities currently are definitely Dar Es Salaam and Cape Town! They have the best food and fantastic beaches.”With Vimbai work ethic and the dedicated all-in with gusto we can all be rest assured that this new travel show will be a hit.
On her modelling days: “I had a bittersweet time as a model. I was based in Cape Town for the majority of my career and it was tough being a dark skinned black girl. Agencies would only allow 2 black girls on to their books, and even then I was always told I was too commercial to be successful. It was tough! One day you are too dark, the next day you are too commercial, then you are told to take off your weave so you can be edgy then the next moment you need the weave back in. It was tough! My top 5 rules anyone trying to go the route of modelling I will say 1. Do your research about your look and stick to it!2. Grow a thick skin – you will attend 20 castings a month and probably only get 5 jobs out of it. 3. Develop other talents – a model’s shelf life is very short and the more versatile you are the more clients will love you. 4. Practice in front of the mirror and know your angles. 5. Just be yourself and have fun!! There is no point going through all these things if you don’t love what you do!”
On avoiding controversies: “I have made a choice to lead a very private life. I come from a very high profile family, and so I am aware that what I put out in the public will not only affect me – but it will affect their public images directly too. I’m human, I make mistakes and I get into trouble – but I have built a very tight knit circle around me and we manage things internally. I want to be known for my work, and my cricket gets that and respects it”.
On how she stays winning in the very competitive entertainment industry: “For starters I am passionate about being true to myself – so being unique separates me from the crowd instantly. Secondly, I understand the business of entertainment and so this makes it easy for me to position myself and reinvent myself as the seasons change in the industry. That is my winning formula, and of course – I always have fun with my work!”
On how much of a feminist she is on a scale of 1 to 10: “I’d say a 7. I think that women have the same capabilities as men and don’t need to be treated specially or differently. We just need to know our position as women and claim it. Women’s Rights are wonderful, but I feel like we offend fuel our inferiority. We need to talk less about claiming out rights and do more to foster the attitude that will get more women to go out and pursue what is rightfully theirs”
On who she’s currently dating: “My man is in the public eye, and I adore him. He is my biggest fan and just wants me to be amazing! He is supportive and prayerful, and I am sure with time you will see us together publicly. That’s all I can say for now!”
She also got to do the 100 questions challenge. See a few of the questions and her answers below!
If you were a car what type would you be?
Mercedes Brabus G Wagon
Beyoncé or Rihanna?
Water or soda?
Water all day every day, I hate fizzy drinks
What’s your favourite travel destination?
Which country do you wish to visit?
What two items must we find on your bag?
Business cards and lipstick
Who is your favourite designer at the moment?
Men or Clothes?
Man – in the singular
Worst date ever
I went on a date with this guy who burped through dinner. Horrible.
Best movie till date
Waiting to Exhale
What celebrity do you want to meet?
What age did you first have sex
Really? I was old enough o
What super powers do you wish you had?
The power to read minds
Have you ever had a crush on your best friend’s boyfriend?
Totally!! It was so uncomfortable because he liked me too.
Have you ever left the house pant-less
All the time. The breeze is necessary
Have you ever been heartbroken?
Do you miss your first love?
I do actually!!!! I would totally go back there
Do you believe in one true love?
Nah, my heart has enough room for a few of them
Can you manage a snoring partner?
Oh my goodness, I could never
What’s the worst line a guy can ever use for a girl?
I think there is something wrong with my phone, it doesn’t have your number in it
What celebrity do you wish you were?
I wouldn’t mind being Naomi Campbell for a day.
At what age did you get your first kiss?
What’s your favourite slang at the moment?
Who you epp?
Have you ever been slapped?
Yes. I slapped them back well, well lol!
Who is the one person you would buy a pie and pint for right now?
Probably my ex-boyfriend, he’s also one of my best friends
The happiest time you will forever remember
My first time scuba diving– what a special experience
The saddest event that shocked your world
I have so many of these, but probably when my fiancé died.
What was the best thing before sliced bread?
Bread is not a good thing. Say no to carbs!
What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve done so many of these – but probably every time I have chosen a guy/relationship over my career and it didn’t turn out to be worth it.