By Tumiso Setladi
Beauty therapist Portia Bonokeane (23) from Bloemfontein, chose jewellery design and manufacturing after completing grade 12. However, after a few months of doing it, she decided to stop as she felt that the course restricted her from doing what she was most passionate about; interacting with the customers she had to design for.
“I chose jewellery design and manufacturing, but I did not complete the course because I felt like the person that I am who is inspired by people and mostly women, that is how we are, us as creatures, our complexity and how we carry ourselves, couldn’t express the true me very well,” said Portia.
She wanted a setting where she could sit down with her clients, have a consultation with them and understand what they need her to do; she then decided to do an International Diploma in Cosmetology at the Tshwane North College. Portia says studying cosmetology has taught her the science and the philosophies of being a beauty therapist.
“Often people ask me what I do for a living and I say that I wake up to make people feel and look good, that is basically what I do,” she said.
When she is not at school, she does make-up for a women who want to look and feel good. She also does massages, nails and eye lash extensions, make-up for brides-to-be, fashion shows, matric dances and son on.
Portia says that she is inspired by her mother, “she has been there for me, pushing me and motivating me to work hard. She has turned me into something I never thought I would be,” she explained.
She has a lot planned for the future, but would rather not get into it right now. She is just completely in love with what she does and it is clear with the rate she is pushing that greater things are yet to come from her.
To take a look at some of her work, you can find her on the following social media platforms:
Facebook: Tshidi Bonokwane