Pearl Thusi has been receiving a lot of praise from the likes of BBC and the O Magazine for her lead role in Netflix’ Queen Sono, a first of its kind from the continent on the streaming service.
More recently, Pearl got praise from renowned Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union. The megastar took to her social media to post the South African as her woman crush Wednesday, recalling the first time she met the Queen Sono star in Barcelona and how she became an instant fan of her work after watching her film Catching Feeling.
“I met Pearl randomly in a bar in Barcelona right after watching her movie Catching Feeling & I fanned out! She is the kind of woman that’s a superstar for all the right reasons. She is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, mother & more.”
Check out Gabrielle’s full post about Pearl below.
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Today’s #WCW is the talented and captivating Pearl Thusi (@pearlthusi). I met Pearl randomly in a bar in Barcelona while watching the World Cup, right after watching her Netflix movie, Catching Feelings… and I completely fanned out! She is the kind of woman that's a superstar for all the right reasons. She is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, friend, mother and more. She has her own hair care line called Black Pearl Hair… and launched the first ever MAC Collaboration in Africa EVER. Her project Queen Sono is Netflix’s first African original… before her they had never done anything script to screen on the continent! And her movie Catch Feelings was their first African movie ever licensed. Her passion for education, women, kids, and fighting HIV has lead her to some incredible work…. helping Global Citizen, many other organizations, and starting her own, Black halo, to focus on helping rape victims. To continue her philanthropic efforts, she just started working with Nkosi’s Haven – a foundation run in honor of Nkosi Johnson, the longest surviving child born with HIV at his time of passing. There aren’t even enough characters available for me to describe everything this woman has done for the world and accomplished! She’s the kind of woman to pop up at my birthday dinner at my favorite Mexican spot when I thought she was out of the country. I'm so inspired by all the work she does. From her immense talent to her groundbreaking roles to her hairline to raising her 2 daughters. Just, WOW. Let us lift her up in the light of goodness and hold her there.