Braving the recent chaos in downtown Jozi, Minnie Dlamini-Jones arrived at our offices looking cover-ready in skin-tight white jeans, T-shirt and heels. Her make-up complemented her casual look. Her effervescent personality was most infectious. And she exuded confidence with her take-charge demeanour.
Of course, given her years in the industry, it is to be expected.
She joined me in the studio for "Beyond the Spotlight", a biweekly podcast interview, where she spoke about being a millionaire at 20, growing her brand and getting ready for her feature film debut next year.
Taking her back to where it all started, Dlamini Jones recalled: “I broke into the industry at the age of 19. In the year that I was turning 21, I was still 20 when it happened, I got a major endorsement deal with LEGiT and that was where I made my first million. It, literally, changed my life.
"It was then that I understood the importance of being more than just a TV presenter. I won’t lie, I signed a very painful deal. It was a time when I had nothing and again, you learn through experience. So in terms of what I made, I could have definitely made a lot more. A lot of people took away a lot of money from that deal. Nonetheless, I was a millionaire. I think about six months later, I was back to being flat broke.”