Socialite Zim Paloma shines in ‘Queens of Mzansi’

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Tafadzwa ZimoyoActing Entertainment Editor

Earlier this year, Netflix fans were mesmerized by the reality TV series “Young Rich and Famous”, which featured some African celebrities as they worked, played, flirted and argued in Johannesburg.

Zimbabwe was partly represented by businessman, Kudzai Terrence Mushonga, who is dating under one of the cast members of the series.

Although some locals thought we needed full representation, many are wondering what’s in store for us in Season 2.

By the way, it is alleged that the producers of the show said that they are looking for the Zimbabwean rep for season 2.

And social media was abuzz with names like Mai TT, Pokello Nare, Madam Boss, Passion Java and Prophet Ed Branson, among others.

Let’s wait and see who will end up landing the role.

Enough of the young, rich and famous!

There is another brand new trending reality show in South Africa dubbed as “The Queens of Mzansi” on SABC1 which premiered last Monday August 15th.

“Like most South African women, Mzansi queens face challenges related to gender-based violence, divorce, financial hardship and being widowed. This is what makes them queens… they have all experienced a rebirth and regained their voices and their crowns,” reads a press release from the channel.

So where do we come in as Zimbabweans?

Zimbabwean influencer, socialite and entrepreneur, Paloma Mlunjwana, affectionately known as Loloskloset, is featured on the show.

Paloma in Queens of Mzansi

Remember, in March, Paloma landed another major prime-time television role in the new reality show, “Diamond & Dolls” on Showmax.

Checking on her social media pages, she has over 100,000 followers and that needs no introduction, you can already judge and say all those reality shows she stars in, she deserves it.

She is a hardcore fashion icon and Hollywood celebrities like Beyoncé, Nick Minaj or Rihanna if they ever had the chance to follow her, they would definitely be green with envy as she is the next big thing to happen in Africa.

Now, in Queens of Mzansi, many people are what thrill her and determine her lifestyle after being the most searched reality star so far.

Well, The Herald on Saturday Lifestyle caught up with the lanky, curvy, light-skinned socialite who shared her story.

“My real name is Paloma, but everyone knows me as Lolo,” she said. “The name Lolo comes from my first company, Loloskloset, which was one of the first Instagram online stores.

“I am an award-winning fashion blogger who has been featured in local and international magazines. I have an honors degree in strategic brand communications and am working on my MBA.

“I’m a digital content creator and luxury travel blogger. I am passionate about my one business called Organized by Leaux which is an extension of my expertise in brand building.

“I organize tailor-made, unique and memorable events. I run another company called Leaux Consultancy. This is aimed at companies looking for a branding and communication strategy.

When asked how she landed the role of Queens of Mzansi, Paloma said: “I think at this point it’s now clear that I have a vibrant and authentic brand and that most shows of reality shows are serious now and are looking for brave people. honest about their real lives and connecting with their lives on social media.

“I have to say I’m pretty close and have invaded and been on the social media space for a while and creating content for my followers. I’m now perfect for many shows, entertaining and captivating my audience and now it’s easy to transfer and turn into reality TV.

Paloma, who currently sports long blonde hair, said she was kicked out by producers.

“The producers called me and asked if I was available for this,” she said. “At first I didn’t want to be vulnerable again, you know with reality TV, but I thought it was a great opportunity to grow my brand and showcase my talent.

“This show is perfect for me because the woman who plays it looks like me and was chosen not because I have an interesting personality, but because I’m also a businesswoman, educated and nice. to see these profiles of women next to mine.”

Paloma chose to participate in reality shows “because there are not many Zimbabweans on such shows”.

“I would say it was my dream to be on those shows,” she said. “As Zimbabweans we occupy places in the countries we live in and I have noticed many wondering why I am on South African shows.

“I raise my country’s flag high and this is an opportunity to represent women, to give them a voice.

“There is a need to show people that this is who we are, to remove the labels on killer queens, gold diggers and all kinds of names that women go by too. We can do that; we can do that given the space. On the show, I continue to struggle with stigma and xenophobia. This narrative needs to change.

On her acting background and education, Paloma said, “As a child, I was a ballerina and I was on stage at the Reps Theater and I went to music college, but I chose sports over theater.

“I’m playing me because it’s reality TV and there’s been a lot of rumors and misconceptions about my brand and my personal life. I’m going to use the show to bring viewers into my daily life. C It’s an intimate invitation and I feel exposed, but it’s my truth.

“I have not allowed location and instead to restrict my progress and vision, even in foreign countries where I have excelled and achieved great success. My role in this reality show is essential and integral to the popularity and success of the show.

“My controversies have been widely talked about on social platforms, but behind all the social shenanigans is a very business-savvy woman who runs a very successful conservative business.”

Paloma said her mother was her role model.

“Certainly, my mother,” she said.

“She is my hero. My mother is a successful entrepreneur working on her doctorate.

“I would say now is the time for me to dismiss all the crazy rumours, tell my story and help other women who feel like they can’t fulfill their potential or dream.

“I have two degrees in four years and graduated with honors. I had to balance college, my career, and my lifestyle with a full-time study schedule. I wanted to quit so many times.

So why in South Africa?

“I left the UK five years ago because I wanted to continue my education,” she said. “Actually, I applied to a university in China. South Africa was my second choice, but I prayed and South Africa seemed to be calling me. I’m so happy this is my final destination.

“My next project is going to be diverse and interesting on the show. You can see my work with Nail Day Spa, on their brand identity. I want to start my charity project. admire. I have young girls following me on my social media pages. The glitzy life takes precedence over the real life.

Paloma said it’s time women were identified as hard workers, not the other way around.

She is always at the gym and watching her body and her skin.

“I know a lot of people have told different stories about my body structure, my skin and all kinds of things, but let me clear things up,” she said.

“I’ve worked really hard to make sure you see what you’re talking about and admiring. All I did was fill in the lips and whiten my teeth. The rest is me.

Paloma promised to come home and lead a seminar for young women and a workshop on entrepreneurship and advice on self-care, among other things.

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