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Life in the fast lane

Life in the fast lane

What a wonderful inspiration Lisinda Thomas, a Mrs Africa finalist, is. We chatted to her about her business and her family, and what inspires her to make a difference in other young women’s lives.

Forty-one-year-old Lisinda is married to Kewin, they have two boys, Keanu (15) and Limano (11) and live in Meyersdal, Alberton.

Lisinda and Kewin have been married for 18 years. They met in their last senior year at Fred Norman Secondary School, Ennerdale. “We were study buddies and then fell in love,” Lisinda said.

Lisinda worked in many different industries in her younger years, including Standard Bank, Sanlam and AIG, as well as others. In 2012 she began her image consulting company, Style Elevation, part-time and, at the beginning of this year, she threw herself into the business on a full-time basis.

Her business presently revolves around female clients and Lisinda says she loves what she does.

“Who wouldn’t? I get to go along to a client’s home and advise them on what to wear to suit their body shape and colouring, and, quite honestly, as well as helping women to look and feel great, it’s lots of fun, too,” she explains.

Apart from looking at what her client already has in the way of clothing and accessories in her wardrobe, she will offer to go with her on a shopping spree to help choose the correct clothing and colour which will suit her.

“What looks good on one woman may look dreadful on another. This is where my advice comes in. I’m very honest when my client asks if I like what she tries on and I always say ‘no’ if I think she doesn’t look her best.  There’s a perfect style, colour and outfit for every woman and it’s just finding it that takes the time, but I’m prepared to always go the extra mile to make my client

feel fabulous!”

Lisinda’s hectic life with her family and career certainly hasn’t stood in her way with entering and becoming a finalist in Mrs Africa 2016.

“There are 40 of us who have made the finals from across the African Continent and our focus is on humanitarian work, firstly by giving dignity back to young girls via Dignity Dreams who manufacture and distribute washable, feminine and re-useable sanitary wear, to young ladies who cannot afford it monthly. Secondly, a certain amount per Dignity Dreams Sanitary Pack will be distributed to The Nzuri Project where they operate on women, who live with endemic goiter and fistula conditions in war-ridden Eastern DRC,” she added .

“The Mrs Africa Foundation, together with Dignity Dreams, will keep girls in school, period, and will provide much needed surgery to restore, heal

and beautify.”

Lisinda is very excited about being a finalist and appreciates her personal sponsors, FaFa Creations, Kombz & Klipz and Indwang Couture.

“I’m positive about the final and I’m looking forward to meeting all the other Mrs Africa finalists,” she says.

When you aren’t working what do you enjoy? “Family time is very important to me and our whole family is extremely close.  We celebrate everything, from a birthday to a successful achievement. In fact, we’ll find a way to celebrate almost anything at all.  We’re a happy bunch!

“I’m an absolute adrenaline junky and I’ve already bungee jumped. Next on my bucket list I want to skydive! I enjoy all things fast”.

Lisinda is a born again Christian and attends Royal Kingdom Ministries in Robertsham, south of Joburg, with

her family.

“Loving God is natural for me and we’ve brought up Keanu and Limano with good Christian values. God is my first love. We can’t do anything without Him in our lives.”

Touching on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lisinda spoke a little about her mom, who was diagnosed with cancer in August 2015.

“She’s been undergoing chemo and the doctor is still continuing with tests, but she is coming on beautifully and her faith is keeping her going. The women in our family are strong and she is someone the whole family look up to.”

With her passion for life, her enthusiasm for everything she does and her love for her family, Lisinda promises to go far, both in her career and her personal life.

 

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