Zanele Phakathi Lives to Inspire



Not even a near life-threatening car crash earlier on in the year could slow South African model Zanele Phakathi down! She seems more determined than ever before to not only pursue her dreams but also make a difference in the lives of other people all over the world - she is indeed a true inspiration.
After such a devastating accident that left her nursing a lot of scars, physically, emotionally and mentally, most people would have given up but not this particular young lady!
"I was drained, especially because my scars were visible and everyone was remorseful, I hated that, I was so vulnerable after the accident. I had told myself that I would never be able to do what I'm passionate about - which is modeling. I thought I would never be able to inspire anybody else but I realized that it had all happened for a reason. I have recovered fully, mentally that is, and I'm even more eager to do greater things and tell my story. I live to inspire the broken and add hope to the hopeless.
"I am definitely a different person now compared to before the accident, it changed my whole life perspective for the better. I take more risks. I am more motivated. I get things done but most of all, I'm more positive. Most of the times I'm not afraid to try out new things and gain experience. I am more open", said the gorgeous 20 year old while catching up with Urban Craft magazine recently.

While recovering from the misfortune that had befallen her, Zanele has continued to be active in her own community, trying to do everything she can to inspire the next generation.
"Since the accident I've done a few projects. Just founded a NPO 'Zanele Power House' which is aimed at changing the lives of the youth in Soweto, because that's where I was born. I try do this by bringing modeling as a hobby to young girls. I have my own modeling academy basically it helps by keeping young girls out of the streets. I train them and mentor them since modelling is what I do best", said the model.


It is quite evident, just from talking to the young woman that she is just as passionate about bringing change to her own community as she is about her modelling - which she does through a number of charities and foundations, one of those being the Soweto Royalty Foundation.
"I work with a lot of charity organizations but the one closest to my heart is the Glorious Care Center which is in Soweto. I spent my 19th & 20th birthday with them and my family & friends joined me to donate. It is a children's home for orphans and children with HIV.
"Soweto Royalty Foundation is a foundation which was founded in 2015. It focuses mainly on empowering the youth, mostly focusing on the physically and mentally handicapped teenagers residing in Soweto", said Zanele.


SRF has 3 co- founders who all met in school (Rand Girls' School), namely, Naledi, Zama and Zanele herself.
"We saw a gap, we grabbed the opportunity to bring change with both hands. We host events to empower the youth, passionate about education, modelling and the youth making a difference. We have hosted a pageant for handicapped kids in the Eyethu home based in Mfolo", she said.



The Soweto born beauty kicked off her modelling journey by entering the Little Miss Dobsonville peagent back in 2011 at just the age of 12. To date she looks upon her Miss Pre-Teen Queen SA (2013) crown as one of her biggest accomplishments - it opened up plenty of doors for her in the industry.
She is currently signed under BOSS models and Gaenor Artist (acting). Zanele, who is the founder of Soweto Diamonds, a peagentry and grooming school that she has been shaping up since she was 15, has also done a variety of adverts for TV and modelled at the SA Fashion Week at one time.





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