Trudy Zulu – Taking On The World One Industry At A Time

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When we first came across Trudy Zulu, we were amazed by how much this powerhouse of a woman took on in her work and personal life. She is an MC, a T.V. presenter, a businesswoman, a mother, and and and so much more!

We just had to jump on the bandwagon and speak to her about the ventures she has invested in, and what the future holds for her businesses. Take a look at all of the tea below. ūüôĆ

Who is Trudy Zulu and what do you do for a living?

Trudy Zulu is a believer, Mum, wife, and businesswoman. She is the co-founder and executive producer at T&T Multimedia, a tv and film production company that also offers advertising opportunities to SMMEs. I also own an online affordable luxury clothing brand named Zapporrah.

I am a trained Speaker through the Speakers University as well as a trained TV presenter through OnCue interface and have experience within tv and radio respectively. I am a firm believer in the empowerment of women and am the founder of the Bloom with Grace conference which aims at encouraging women to take up space and cement themselves in society. I am also the founder of the Miss Beauty with Brains Foundation, which aims at empowering and mentoring young girls in primary and high school.

As a business owner, TV presenter, producer, MC, and much, much more, How do you manage your time and stay focused?

I don’t know if a balance is realistic haha. However, not everything will be important at the same time and so I believe in prioritizing. I also don’t think I could manage all these things without the help I have from my team. We’ve worked out a system to ensure that things get done.

I’ve also accepted that building something that will last takes time so I try to remind myself of that when I feel distracted or under pressure. Very much like the principle of exponential growth, every little effort contributes towards the bigger picture.

Trudy Zulu Working and on the Phone
Trudy Zulu

Zapporrah is your fashion label, with a goal to be inclusive of all shapes and sizes, can you tell us more about the brand and what the future holds for this exciting venture?

Zapporrah is an African affordable luxury brand, inclusively creating fashionable clothing items for modern women. We are inclusive in the sense that we celebrate the diversity of shape, colour, size and ethnicity of women. There is nothing as saddening as seeing an item of clothing
you love and it not accommodating your shape, size or height. I am a tall yet curvaceous woman and that on its own should spell out my struggles with clothing. We try to keep that perspective in mind when creating our items.

Our aspiration is to be an internationally renowned brand and so we have a few plans in the pipeline that will help us expand. We plan on having our items in malls across the country and abroad seeing that we are predominantly an online store yet we desire to give our customers
the option to physically try on our clothing before purchase. You will also see our brand featured as a sponsor in a fashion tv show and print media.

You will also see our brand featured as a sponsor in a fashion tv show and print media.

We have a lot of current and future #bossbabes reading our blogs, what advice would you give to inspire them?

Nothing worth having comes easy so the challenges and pushback you’re experiencing is part and parcel of building anything that’s meant to last. Oftentimes than not when building a vision, for a long time you may be the only one who sees it for what it truly is, don’t let that discourage you. Anyway, it’s important for you to believe in what you’re doing more than anyone else.

Trudy Zulu Posing for a Photograph
Trudy Zulu

Getting to know Trudy Zulu:

Who is Your Shero?
There are many women who inspire me, some of whom I’m privileged to know.
– Dr Mpho Phalatse for her determination and heart to bring about change.
РI’ve always admired Beyoncé for her work ethic since I was a child.
– Emma Grede for her innovation.
– Priscilla Shirer heart and pursuit for God and her unwavering stance on the integrity of the gospel.
– Patience Maduna, Shonda Rhimes, Phumi Morare, I could go on and on.

Pizza or Pasta?
Pizza

What is Your Fave Hobby?
Of late, reading

What Would You Sing at Karaoke Night?
Adele – when we were young.

Quote you live by?
An excerpt from a poem by Marianne Williamson ‚ÄúOur deepest fear‚ÄĚ

“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.‚ÄĚ

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