We sat down with Gcina Khumalo, a make-up artist and fashion guru/stylist. We wanted to know what makes this impressively inspiring woman tick:
UniqMag: Give a brief description of who you are??
GK: I am unapologetically confident, hard working woman, a go getter, humble but full of life who loves life, is outgoing and a happy soul.
UniqMag: Name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you and how they have impacted you?
GK: I have had a lot of very important people that I have crossed paths with, who have made a great impact in the person that I am today. Be it family or friendship, but one specific person that has done a great deal would be Marcia Mayaba. I have chosen her because she has not only done a great deal but she was a great support system whether it be emotionally or spiritually. Her work ethic and the ability to find solutions under pressure but still manage to excel in a male dominated industry is her most incredible quality to me. That I can proudly say has taught me a lot about hard work and dedication. She in her own entity and has put black South African women on the map for her remarkable contribution in the motor Industry.
UniqMag: To what do you attribute your success?
GK: Hard work, dedication, prayer, my family, God the father.
UniqMag: When did you consider yourself a success?
GK: Wow…This is a very special one. For me it was in 2001, my very first tour abroad as a professional dancer in Europe. I was dancing for a youth club, Thabisong Youth Club. There was a selection process for the best dancers for this tour and guess what!! I made the cut. I have never been so excited. To me this was such great success considering that being an artist those days was never seen as a career, but I made a statement to not only to myself but my family and community that if you love something passionately you can go anywhere with your talent. From then on I focused on perfecting my craft as a dancer traveling the world with many artists, Umoja, Nomsa Manaka, Lopang, and Malaika the afro soul group. Being on tour with them was one of my most memorable tours. I have been around the world working with them for years.
UniqMag: What were your greatest failures and what did they teach you?
GK: I’m that person who believes in everything happening for a greater purpose whether good or bad. I don’t believe in failure. We learn lessons in all aspects of life, which is the attitude we need to walk with every day. All the things that the world throws at us. Strength is not only physically, strength is also mental. So I chose to strengthen myself by always seeing things positively.
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UniqMag: How do you push through your worst times?
GK: I pray and I pray hard! In every situation I just pray. God has never once failed me and if there’s one man I’d love to meet one day when I go to heaven, it would definitely be him because I always believed in him. God was there for me when I lost my mother at the age of 15, when a girl child needs a mother the most. I had so many questions that I would ask God, why He took my mother from me, for years I asked these question because I was in deep pain. Today both my parents have passed but God’s presence, His love has stuck with me through it all. “Psalms 118 v 17: I will not die but live, and I will proclaim what the Lord has done”
UniqMag: What’s non-negotiable for you?
GK: My time, time is everything and it waits for no man, time is money. And of course Champagne Darling this is a must have for any special occasion! No compromise! A party without champagne is like a meeting.
UniqMag: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
GK: My advice to someone who’s starting out would to be passionate and do what you love, you’ll never get tired.
UniqMag: What drives you to keep going when things get really tough?
GK: I always say God has given me my parents years multiplied by a thousand so I have a lot to live for. And always wanting to be remembered as the best at everything I do. I was raised by a very strong woman who was raising 10 kids single-handedly and I’m the last born. She was a shebeen Queen and that is the income she used to manage the house hold with. I used to ask myself, how does she do it, how does she manage to make ends meet and still give us so much love all on her own. Today I’m so proud to be her daughter. What an amazing woman she was, I see so much of her in me. She is and forever will be my biggest drive.
UniqMag: You have the chance to ask your idol (name them) one question. What would it be, and why is that a good question to ask?
GK: Rebecca Malope, Khanyi Mbau, Kelly Khumalo and Somizi Mhlongo without a doubt! And the question would be, how did you make it after everything you’ve been through in life?
By UniqMag Reporter