Thando Hopa is a fashion model and an advocate of diversity who has made her mark globally. Her varied portfolio includes her background as a sexual offence prosecutor in the regional court at the National Prosecuting Authority, an international fashion model, an actress and a cultural leader. Her work as an activist resulted in her contribution to United Nations policy discussions around albinism in the SADC region during its consultation phase. She was later nominated as a delegate to participate in the round-table contributions of the Department of Social Development on the implementation phase of the United Nations action plan on human rights issues pertaining to the safety, development and inclusion of persons with albinism in South Africa.
Moreover, she is one of the founding delegates of the Global Albinism Alliance which was created and constituted in France. Her tenure in the media and promotion of inclusion, diversity and representation has led to Thando being recognised as one of BBC’s Top 100 Inspirational and Influential women across the globe as well as her appointment as a Fellow and a Cultural Leader in the The Narratives Lab of the World Economic Forum.
Her cultural portfolio includes being the face of the award winning Audi Q2 Untaggable Campaign and conducting several fashion campaigns with The Foschini Group for the empowerment and inclusion of women from diverse walks of life. She was also featured as a trailblazing artist in Foxlife Africa’s reality television series entitled, Game Changers.