Zintsikelelo Madikwa, better known as Ntsiki, is a community builder and a plus-size model. She has been part of many public appearances and now she made it to the top 10 finalists of Ms. Curvybody South Africa (SA). Ntsiki is from Wits and but she is currently based in Johannesburg to pursue opportunities afforded to her. She is a gorgeous 40-year-old beauty queen, who developed a love for modelling at the age of 10. Her talent started to shine in Cape Town, where she has been seen in TV productions and international magazines. With a very long list of shows, commercials and movies she has featured in, Madikwa also has a heart for the community. “I played a role in empowering youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in Cape Town where I used their talents as a catalyst to transform their lives. I believe that my child is your child and nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself,” she said.
All these projects were done on a voluntary basis because of her passion for community, especially youth. “I am a proudly single mother of two kids, Clyde and Kuintando. My mom, Liezine Madikwa and my siblings are very supportive of my journey. My father, Stanford Madikwa, passed away in 2007. I was raised from very solid backgrounds, a big family with the fear of God. I guess this is where my talent developed, because after school we would host mini-live performances with my cousins and showcased those talents at church,” she said. In 2013 she was even the first woman to be a match-maker for Boxing South Africa in Cape Town, among other roles in the boxing industry before and after that.
Four years later she relocated to Johannesburg where she was also auditioned for Ms. Curvybody SA, making it to the top 10. “I am so passionate about empowering and transforming people’s lives. Ms. Curvybody is a great platform for me to fix the crowns for those women who are still facing the challenges of body shaming and to change the mentality of Africa as a whole that beauty has no limits,” said Madikwa. On various occasions she has participated in clothing, toiletry and sanitary towel drives, mainly in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Western Cape. On one occasion she was instrumental in donating clothing and toiletries to infants born during lockdown at Wesfleur hospital.