Beauty with a purpose

She hopes to inspire others.

Durban resident, Zesty Zahra Dada (21) is stepping into the spotlight as an aspiring television presenter, actress and model after graduating as a qualified Branding and Business Management student, recently.

The gym fanatic’s deep-rooted passion for presenting inspired her to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. In an interview with journalists, she said, “Presenting is the one thing that I have always been very passionate about. It also allows you to meet all sorts of incredible people as well as to see incredible places, which I also love doing.”

Having a keen eye for fashion trends and completing various modelling courses in Johannesburg has enabled the young lady to further her passion for modelling as well.


“I have done a few shoots this year. This includes working with online eastern Brand Indya captured by talented photographer Yuvi K as well as other shoots that includes one for hair and make-up artist, Sabeha Arbee. I also have many exciting projects that I will be focusing on for this year,” she added. Dada added that her goal as a model is to work on various projects and collaborate with local and international brands, later this year.

“I want to enjoy every bit of the journey. Life is an adventure and I plan on enjoying the journey,” she said.  The traveller explained that she hopes to take her talents globally as well.

“I have travelled all across Asia and parts of Europe. I love Europe in the summer and there is nothing more special. My favourite destinations would have to be Dubai, Singapore and London. A really charming city is Bruges and Gent in Belgium where every third store is a Belgian chocolate shop and everyone owns a different type of dog.  I definitely hope that my career would be able to take me to these exotic locations,” said the 21-year-old.

Although being relatively new in the entertainment industry. the passionate young woman has embarked on various training courses to enhance her craft. These include the Dale Carnegie course, a television presenting course held at the SABC, an acting on-screen course by Jacques Bessenger and Lelia Etsebeth and Actorwize by Rajesh Gopi.  She is also planning to go abroad later this year to America or Dubai to gain some international experience and also feature in a Bollywood film, which is being filmed in South Africa.

When asked what her advice for aspiring entertainers was, she said, “This is a tough industry, but you have to be even tougher. Every time I do an audition or a gig, it helps to grow my self-confidence a little more. So far it has helped me so much and it has taught me that you truly are the master of your own destiny.  If you put in the effort, you can reap in those rewards. Lastly, believe in yourself and have faith in our creator.”


Bianca Lalbahadur

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