Making it onto the big screen is no easy task anywhere in the world, but to break in to Holywood one has to be a cut above the rest.
With a ‘never say die’ spirit that many Zimbabweans are know to have, these women have managed to make it in the US film industry in turn putting Zimbabwe on the map.
Well done to all of them!
1. Sibongile Mlambo
Sibo, as she is affectionately known, is an actress, dancer and model, who has been picked to be the lead actress in Universal Pictures third sequel of “Honey.”
Sibongile confirmed this through her Facebook page,
I can finally let the cat out the bag and share that I’m back in Cape Town shooting Honey 3, an absolute dream come true! Those who know me well, know I’m still trying to wrap my head around this and not geek out! This is the second film I’ve booked in Los Angeles this year, I am extremely grateful! To everyone who let me come to their dance classes when I looked like a fool and just couldn’t get it and those who took their chances on me, I thank you!”
Honey is a dance film that initially starred Jessica Alba as the lead actress. The plot of Honey is generally the same old dance story: a choreographer who desperately wants to make it, and goes through thick and thin to dance.
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2. Jackie Muchanyuka-Mgido
Jackie Muchanyuka-Mgido is the founder of Vault Cosmetics , a local manufacturer and distributor of make-up and women facial products and Vault Academy Make-up School. But her flirtation with Hollywood come with having worked with world class actors that include Denzel Washington and rapper-cum-actor-James Todd “LL Cool J” Smith.
She has also had the opportunity to work on the likes of US rapper Snoop Dog, RnB singer John Legend, actor and singer Jamie Foxx and big screen action movie star Sylvester Stallone.
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3. Danai Gurira
Walking Dead star, Michonne as she is known, has been active on the film screens from as far back as 2004, starring in Law and Order. Recently appointed to star as late great hip hop singer Tupac Shakur’s mother, Gurira has made a number of trips back home to encourage the Zimbabwean arts scene, going as far as debuting a play, In The Continuum that went on to win her an Obie award.
It’s really an exciting time,” she said. “I think the African for too long has been underrepresented, misrepresented, distorted in how they’re represented, spoken for instead of being allowed to speak for themselves.”
4. Mary Roscoe
Though having taken up a minor role, Mary Roscoe starred in the 3 Oscar Award winning film, Les Misérables. Les Misérables is a 2012 British epic romantic musical period drama film based on the musical of the same name, which is in turn based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo.
5. Farai Simoyi
Not appearing on the screen (though she has one movie to her credit) Farai has been move visible behind the screen dressing the likes of Beyonce, Anne Klein, Rachel Roy, Robert Rodriguez, and Nicki Minaj.
My mother is my role model. She has taught me to love myself, believe in myself, and understand the value of me. My passion for design really started at a young age. A luxury of living and working in NYC is that your everyday surroundings are full of inspiration. I also love digging into my Zimbabwean culture for rich, bold, and colourful inspiration,” she highlighted.
6. Chipo Chung
Chipo Chung started out with the local theatre group Over The Edge, with the likes of Lucian Msamati and has now come of age. Starring in a number of productions Chung is well known for playing the part of Mary Magdalene in the TV series A.D. The Bible Continues. She has also featured in productions as Fortitude, Sherlock, The Politician’s Husband, Camelot, In The Loop, Doctor Who and others. Read full profile here.
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Main Image Credit: Sass ‘n Curlz (Farai Simoyi surrounded by models she dresses)