Grade 10 Thapelo Makhanya a born Special Effects Make-Up Artist


A grade 10 learner @ KwaDukathole Comprehensive School in Katlegong is ready to work for your favorite local soapie. Help him get there with this HashTag: #thapzthemakeupartis

by Monica Kethwa

Thapelo is a just a simple guy who loves fashion and has even created a fashion book with sketches of his latest fashion art concepts. His exposed to the to the art industry and also follows latest fashion trends!

This Grade 10 learner in Kwadukathole Comprehensive School, Kahlegong developed a skill in special effects make-up artistry in 2018. After attending beauty therapies with his big sister Bokang Makhanya; “I was intrigued at how they used make-up to transform my sister’s face. It was inspiring” Thapelo explained.

Practice makes perfect

Away from school duties Thapelo usually practices his make-up skills by transforming his own face and take pictures.

You may think his face is burned and suffered serious injuries; this is what they use in movies and soapies such as Generations.

His friends describe him as just a guy who loves helping people. His obsessed with promoting art as means to creating job opportunities.

When you think art normally people think poetry, performing art and drawings but not everyone thinks of Special Effects especially Make-Up.

The dream at Grade 10….

Grade 10

Hence Thapelo has a dream of owning an art school so that township youth can invade the space. “Unfortunately my school doesn’t have a make-up subject. Instead I’m studying Science, Religion, Engineering Graphic Design and Maths. I would really love to study Special Effects Make-up Artistry as a career. I also have a passion for fashion” Thapelo concludes.

His most outrageous work is the Halloween make-up. He hopes that one day South African production houses can scout him and give him an opportunity to work on set during school holidays so that he can gain more experience.

Grade 10

Grade 10