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Siphesihle Vazi “I am who I am; what you see is what you get”. This is how it started.

“I approached them because I believed in myself and what I had to offer” – Siphesihle Vazi, dressed by SIMONI Exclusive Menswear Collection. Photographed by Khieran Trent. Styled by Oliva Harlow. Venue: Social Kitchen & bar. Article & Interview by Lwazi Hadebe

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Siphisihle Vazi, 2-Piece Suit by SIMONI Exclusive Menswear Collection (Sandton). Photo by Khieran Trent.

Boy-next-door Siphesihle Vazi was introduced on the weekly lifestyle show, Selimathunzi. Since then, the hot-throb former waiter has hit uKhoziFM by a storm and is on a journey to fully realise his place in the industry. He turned up in simple yet stylish casual wear, showed off his looks for a few optics and still had time for a quick chat, at the ever-so chic Social Kitchen & Bar in Hyde park inside exclusive books, before going about his life as per normal.

You hold a marketing communications qualification from UJ, now you’re in entertainment; why the transition?

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Siphisihle Vazi, 2-Piece Suit by SIMONI Exclusive Menswear Collection (Sandton). Photo by Khieran Trent.

Marketing communication has always been something I’m passionate about, while at that I had a part-time job as a waiter I had the opportunity to get into entertainment and be a part of Selimathunzi; that redirected my route. I felt it would be more effective to sell who I am as a personality than in business.

Like most Hollywood stars you were a waiter, Where?

At Liberation, Melville. In no less than two years ago I was a waiter there.

How did you get the Selimathunzi gig?

Simple! They sent out word that they are looking for a guest presenter, like they always do. I got into that stat. I remember my first guest presenting gig on the show was in Venda. Damn right I nailed it.
After that it turned out to be a phone call here and there, so much so that they started talking contracts. I waited for them to lay all the terms on the table and later learned that not only was production team impressed, but the channel as well. That’s when I signed on the dotted line and here I am.

 Is that how uKhoziFM made its way to you to present the gig guide on Fridays?

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Siphisihle Vazi, dressed by SIMONI Exclusive Menswear Collection (Sandton). Photo by Kieran Trent

“I approached them because I believed in myself and what I had to offer. The advantage I have is that on Selimathunzi we travel a lot, it’s cinch to make note of the relevant spots wherever we travel to, that made it not burdensome for the gig guide because we go everywhere.”

“I’m not trying to sell a story or a narrative, I am who I am; what you see is what you get”

This is you being your authentic self?

“Yes. That’s why you will (hopefully) never hear anything out of the ordinary and my name in the same sentence. I’m more of a guy next door – I could do a lot of things to set myself apart like have a funky hairdo or over the to fashion sense, but it’s just not me.”

As much as we’ve never heard anything out of character when it comes to you, you were a victim of a scam a while ago. How did that change you?

“What I took from that is the fact that not all attention is good attention for a person who is on, somewhat the lime light. Who I am now is not who I was a few years ago; it’s important to always be safe, at all times.”

#PrevidarCareers: Siphisihle Vazi, 2 Piece Suit by SIMONI Exclusive Menswear Collection (Sandton). Photo by Kieran Trent

Siphisihle Vazi, dressed by SIMONI Exclusive Menswear Collection (Sandton). Photo by Kieran Trent

Do you give back?

“In whatever way I can, I do. A while ago I was part of a campaign where I was going around schools and getting students excited about going back to school. If there’s one thing I noticed during that time is that self-belief is something that’s missing, the sense of determination they had before they become tweens miraculously disappears. So to be among people who still listen, eager to learn and on the process of growing makes me feel like I’m part of a huge investment in someones life. Plus, the young ones are the future.”

Siphisihle Vazi, dressed by SIMONI Exclusive Menswear Collection (Sandton). Photo by Kieran Trent

Siphisihle Vazi, dressed by SIMONI Exclusive Menswear Collection (Sandton). Photo by Kieran Trent

Feather awards sexiest male nominee 2016. How would describe sexy?

That nomination along with any other “sexiest male” nominations I’ve received, weren’t part of my five year plan, but I’m forever grateful for that. Sexy for me is an attitude, its personality. She may have a great body; but with a bad attitude it all goes down the drain.

With only less than five years in the industry and “sexy” not being part of his five year plan, it goes to show that being true to yourself earns you a place in the race to be a star.

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