April 21, 2024

Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi (born May 13, 1988) is a renowned South African actress, model, and television personality recognized professionally as Pearl Thusi.

Beginning as a model, she quickly gained prominence in the modelling world after earning the first position in the Miss SA Teen contest in 2003 and winning the first runner position at the Miss KwaZulu-Natal.

She, however, transitioned to acting, where her talent and charisma quickly propelled her to the limelight, earning her the prestigious position as one of the iconic actresses in South Africa.

Facts & Wiki

  • Full Name: Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi
  • Other name: Pearl Thusi
  • Date Of Birth: May 13, 1988
  • Birthplace/Hometown: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa/Durban
  • Age: 35 years old (As 2023)
  • Birth Sign: Taurus
  • Religion: Christian
  • Ethnicity: mixed
  • Nationality: South African
  • Profession: Actress, Model, Television presenter
  • Award: KZN Entertainment Awards alongside Somizi Mhlongo

Early Life

Pearl Thusi was born and raised within the confines of KwaNdengezi and Hammarsdale outside Durban, South Africa. Raised in a tumultuous environment, she witnessed her father, Bhekizizwe Thusi, subject her mother to abuse until her untimely death when Pearl was only 14 years old.

Growing up alongside her two younger sisters, Silinde and Sanilisiwe Thusi, Pearl took on the role of a mother figure in their household. Despite her challenges, she remained resilient and determined to carve out her path.

She attended Pinetown Girls’ High School for her basic education before pursuing further studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. However, her academic journey was interrupted as she had to drop out to pursue her burgeoning career in the entertainment industry.

In 2020, driven by a desire to fulfil her educational aspirations, Pearl decided to re-enrol at the University of South Africa to continue her studies while balancing her thriving career.


Pearl Thusi’s career journey commenced in the modelling industry at 15, where she began participating in various beauty pageants in her hometown. With a hunger for knowledge and a drive to excel, she actively sought opportunities to enhance her modelling skills, laying the foundation for her future success in the industry.

In 2003, Thusi made a significant breakthrough by competing in Miss Teen South Africa, emerging as the youngest contestant amongst her peers. Her exceptional talent and poise led her to clinch the first runner-up position, earning her the coveted title of Miss Teen South Africa 2003

This achievement catapulted her into the spotlight, opening doors to lucrative advertising deals and coveted appearances on magazine covers.

Building on her momentum, Thusi continued to make waves in the modelling world. In 2005, she showcased her beauty and charisma by vying for the title of Miss KwaZulu-Natal. Despite facing stiff competition, she emerged triumphant as the first runner-up, securing the prestigious crown of Miss KwaZulu-Natal.

Parallel to her flourishing modelling career, Pearl Thusi ventured into acting in 2009. Her debut role as Patricia Kopong in the movie “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” marked the beginning of her ascent in the film industry. Her captivating performance garnered attention and acclaim, paving the way for her to collaborate with esteemed actors and filmmakers in South Africa and internationally.

One of Thusi’s notable achievements in acting came with her portrayal of the lead character in the Netflix original film “Queen Sono.” This milestone production not only marked her debut on the global streaming platform but also showcased her talent on an international stage. Starring alongside renowned actress Priyanka ChopraThusi’s role in “Queen Sono” further solidified her status as a versatile and accomplished actress.

Through her dedication, passion, and relentless pursuit of excellence, Pearl Thusi has carved a remarkable career path in both the modelling and acting industries, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment space in South Africa and beyond.


  • Queen Sono
  • Pearl Thusi (music video by Emtee)
  • Fistful of Vengeance
  • Tremors 5: Blood Lines
  • Feelings
  • Kalushi
  • Scorpion King: Book of Souls
  • Isidingo
  • Quantico


Pearl Thusi’s current relationship status remains unknown, as she has chosen to keep her romantic life private and away from the media spotlight. Previously, she was linked with Walter Mokoena, with whom she shares a daughter, Thandolwethu Mokoena. However, the details of their relationship are now in the past as they have since split up.

Following her relationship with Walter Mokoena, Thusi was briefly involved with Robert Marawa, but their romance ended in 2017. Information about her relationship with Quinton Jones is scarce.

Despite speculation surrounding her close bond with DJ Zinhle, their relationship is often described as friendship. However, rumours persist, with some suggesting a possible romantic connection between them.

Furthermore, Pearl Thusi is a mother of two daughters, with the second child being adopted.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @pearlthusi

Net Worth

Pearl Thusi is celebrated as one of the highest-paying actresses in the South African movie industry and has acquired an estimated net worth of approximately a million.

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