With having to write a bio about myself, I rummaged through my memory box recently: an actual shoebox, filled with handwritten letters and dog-eared photographs that had somehow survived till this date. There was one piece of paper that was torn from a book in the primary years, judging by my juvenile handwriting, and it was an assignment on what I want to become one day. I would love to tell you that I wrote: Financially successful Artist and Genius Entrepreneur, but what I wrote instead, was: Thin.
I studied Public Relations, and entertained a myriad of jobs in my twenties with those skills, the most enjoyable being a purser for Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi. I met my husband there, a Namibian/South-African/German Maths-lover, and we started our family shortly afterwards.
Once both kids were in school, I yearned to work artistically, and as I have a love for all things beautiful, make-up was a natural choice. I studied under various mentors, honed my craft, fell in love with hairstyling in the process and grew what was a tiny business into a full-time career. I see clients almost 6 days of the week, all ages, for formal functions to weddings to one-on-one lessons. I work with a huge, diverse group of people, and I focus on excellent service and relationship building as my main foundation blocks. I have co-founded another company this year, Die Keiserin, and we sell bespoke clothing items on selected platforms. I feel excited for every single job that I do, I work hard and I marvel at the beauty in every person that surrounds me.
I am 39, living in Paarl, and I love my work. But I still want to be thin when I grow up.