Munzhedzi Mabirimisa from Tshirolwe Village in Nzhelele, Limpopo is a talented special-effects make-up artist. She has been trying to break into the film industry for years with no luck.

Mabirimisa graduated with a diploma in make-up artistry from The Face to Face Beauty and Make-up Design School in Potchefstroom in 2015. Academic achievements meant she is now a qualified Somatologist and beauty specialist, specialising in fashion make-up, special-effects make-up, massages, nails, and reflexology.

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Her passion for somatology resulted in her opening practice in her home village. Part of the reason was that no one was willing to offer her an opportunity to do what she loves.

“Initially, it was not my dream to become a beauty specialist,” she explained.

“When I completed my matric, I didn’t want to just sit at home. So I decided to enrol at the school. Now I have fallen deeply in love with this career, especially the special effects,” said Mabirimisa.

Talented Limpopo special-effects make-up artist  Munzhedzi Mabirimisa wants a big break
Munzhedzi Mabirimisa


The 27-year-old is making a plea to established TV and film companies to afford her an opportunity to work with them.

“The biggest challenge I am facing is referenced. I have the qualification, but I haven’t worked with any high-profile or recognized TV or Film companies, and I am struggling to break into the industry.

“I want to showcase my work and talent for creating wounds and other special effects and bringing them to life with makeup and have learned so many different techniques. If I can only get into the film industry, it will also inspire and put our Venda people on the map again,” she said.