Denise Zimba back with a bang
After a mini sabbatical, Denise Zimba is bringing her whimsical, effervescent and witty fervour back to the small screen.
Following her departure from Vuzu and Generations: The Legacy, the 28-year-old vixen spent the last year travelling around the world and refocusing her energy on her family.
With two new explosive presenting gigs lined-up, Zimba is ready to once again heat up TV screens from this winter onwards. But Zimba strongly holds that this should not be billed as her comeback.
"I didn't fizzle out from the industry because I wasn't booking any jobs or people were not liking me or my brand wasn't reaching anyone," Zimba states.
"I decided to take a break. It's like taking leave and coming back to work. I just left for a while to focus on myself and family.
"I travelled a lot and got to spend time with my family. My sister had a beautiful baby girl and I just wanted to be part of their lives."
From 8 June, Zimba takes over from Boity Thulo as host when the second season of Ridiculousness Africa returns on MTV. She will be joined by two male co-hosts Thomas Gumede and Nigeria's Ehizojie 'Ehiz' Okoeguale.
Filmed entirely in Madrid, the internet video clip show was a joyride for Zimba as it combined two of her favourite things – laughter and travel.
"We got to travel to Spain which is one of my bucket-list destinations. Being able to comment on certain things that I wouldn't otherwise be allowed to comment on in another show was very refreshing. I didn't have to work very hard, I just had to be myself," Zimba explains.
The Wedding Bashers
Then from 13 August, Zimba will serve as one of the judges on M-Net's upscale version of Mzansi Magic's hit reality show Our Perfect Wedding. Titled The Wedding Bashers, Zimba will be joined by food connoisseur Siba Mtongana, former Miss South Africa Cindy Nell-Roberts and revered wedding planner Zavion Kotze.
Participants can win big on the new show by having their weddings judged by the foursome, who will weigh in on different aspects that make a wedding perfect. While Zimba will judge the entertainment, Nell-Roberts will spotlight fashion with Mtongana focusing on food and Kotze on decor.
Zimba has done it all in entertainment; from being a burlesque dancer at Montecasino to featuring on realty TV show Fly Chix. However, her first taste of fame dates back to when she was a six-year-old catalogue model.
So what has she learned throughout her career?
"Patience is a virtue and when it's your time, it's your time. Don't be caught up with being the most popular person of the moment. Create your work for a higher purpose and you will be blessed in many ways," Zimba advices.
She adds that she would like to not be judged for her appearance, but rather her sense of humour, talent and inner beauty.
"The biggest misconception about me is that people can't take me serious because I'm a funny girl. I do crazy things because I stand for female empowerment," Zimba points out.
"For me when I get goofy I'm saying as a young girl you are not defined by how great your hair, booty, stomach or skin is. It's about your character, personality and inner beauty. Let's be judged as women for being creative, funny or talented."
Zimba has also been hard at work during her hiatus recording new music and she hopes to drop her album – a fusion of R&B, hip hop and pop – by the end of winter.