These days, young people do not have to struggle to get a role in a movie or signed into a popular record label to become famous. Social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok have provided an opportunity for anyone willing to create interesting content and build a solid audience to become famous. Nadia Jaftha happens to be one of them.
The beautiful, fun-loving Nadia Jaftha is one of those celebrities that leveraged the power of social media to become famous in South Africa. We wouldn’t have known Nadia Jaftha if not for the risky decision she took after college. You may want to know what this decision is, how she leveraged social media, and how successful she has become. All these questions and more will be answered as you read on.
Nadia Jaftha Took A Gap Year That Changed Her Life After College
Nadia Jaftha is a South African YouTuber, fashion blogger, and social media influencer from Cape Town. She was born on 14th November 1992. Although very little information about her father and siblings is known, she strongly connects with her mother. She refers to their relationship as ‘organic’ and regularly uploads pictures and videos of her mum on Instagram.
After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a degree in filming, art, and media studies, she was opportune to get a scholarship to study at New York Film Academy for her Masters’. However, Nadia Jaftha turned down the offer and decided to take a gap year. If the story had ended here, you would say she made a very wrong choice, even without knowing what she turned out to be. You may also be wondering what she wanted to do with a gap year that would make her reject such an opportunity.
During Her Gap Year, She Started A Clothing Line And Decided To Explore Social Media
The major thing Nadia Jaftha really intended to do with her gap year was to start a clothing line, which she succeeded in doing. Along the way, she decided to start creating content on social media to ease off. She actually started her own clothing line called ‘Dusti Swimwears’ and a clothing retail store called ‘For Everyone Asking.’ Since she came from a family where pranks and humor were the norms, she started creating prank videos, which she uploaded on YouTube and Instagram.
Fans loved her kind of content due to how relatable it was, and that was it; her journey into social media influencing kicked off. Although she wanted to become an actress and finally started her career as a fashion blogger, creating videos on YouTube and Instagram gave her the fame she needed to succeed in any other venture.
Bringing her mother into her videos has vicariously made her a celebrity as well. According to Nadia, pranks are common practice in her home, but she tries not to prank her mom always to avoid giving her a heart attack.
She Makes Money On YouTube And Instagram
Nadia Jaftha’s fun-filled Instagram account currently has over 400k followers, making her one of South Africa’s biggest social media influencers. This also makes her a hotcake for top brands who want to advertise and drive traffic to their products. She started uploading fun videos on her YouTube channel in 2016, and in the space of four years, it has grown to over 50k subscribers, with each video getting over 10k views.
On YouTube, she creates videos with her mum and siblings. Contents on her channel range from lifestyle, fashion, makeup, and challenge videos. She currently has over 50 videos. So, while making money on Instagram from brands, she also earns from Goggle monthly, although her last video on the channel was uploaded 7 months ago.
Nadia Jaftha Is Also A Singer And Blogger
The South African influencer started her career as a fashion blogger. She owned a blog dubbed ‘Bird Line’ blog, which she seems to have forgotten about for a while now, as the domain is currently inactive. She also runs a Facebook page where she shares blog posts and advertises for big brands like Lux.
Nadia Jaftha is a lady of diverse talents, and she seems to be unfolding them for us to see, one at a time. When we thought it was just fashion, she came up with awesome content on YouTube, and in 2018, she proved that she is more than meets the eye when she unveiled her singing skills.
She released her debut single titled ‘Paradise’ in 2018. According to her, ‘Paradise’ is not a place we should envisage to be in; rather, it is a state of mind. She says when we surround ourselves with the right kind of energy, we create our own paradise.
Currently, the official video of her song is the most-watched video on her channel, with over 200k views. Scrolling through the comments section on the video, you can easily tell that fans absolutely loved the song.
In September 2018, during an interview, she hinted that she was already working on something else. Although it’s been more than two years since she said that, we could keep our eyes on her, as we never can tell when it will be and what it will be.
Nadia Jaftha Has A Dream To Become An Actress
When watching Nadia Jaftha’s videos, you can easily think that she is a very confident and bold young lady, but in reality, she is not. According to her, she is a shy lady, but whenever she wants to create her videos, she puts out another side of herself.
Just like most people, Jaftha has battled low self-esteem and sabotage. It may even surprise you to know that she rejected the scholarship to do her Master’s abroad on account of low self-esteem. She revealed on Instagram that she felt she was not good enough for it.
With the low self-esteem issues she suffered, it is still surprising that she had always known that she would want to be on stage, which is why she studied filming, art, and media studies. She still nurses the dream of becoming an actress. In April this year, she shared a picture of herself holding a certificate in Acting for Camera from the Act Capetown Film Academy.
With all the professional qualifications, you can easily tell that she would take the industry by storm when she finally makes her debut appearance in the movie industry.