Lalla Hirayama (born February 10, 1988) is a Japanese—South African television host, actress, dancer and model. Best known for her current work as one of 5 hosts of the live celebrity news show V Entertainment on DSTV channel Vuzu as their longest serving host, a judge on South African's got talent and host of her show lalla land on M-net Movies channel.
Lalla Hirayama was born in Hiratsuka, kanagawa Prefectures, Japan. She is the only child born to a Japanese mother and a White south African father of Jewish descent. In one interview she said she was brought up in the old school typical Japanese way “think Samurais and Zen”. Her father, although a white Jewish man, is a sangoma (shaman).
Hirayama has previously stated that she comes from a diverse background; Buddhism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity and other belief systems and cultures. She spent her early years in Japan, then moved to Australia and finally at the age of about six to South Africa.
Hirayama started her primary schooling at Fairways Primary School in Sandton, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa. While in primary school, she took part in horse riding and athletics and in 1997 became a Junior Horse Riding Champion.
In 2001, she returned to Japan where she taught hip-hop, tap and modern dancing in Kagoshima, kagoshima Prefectures. She returned the next year to South Africa where she registered at the British International College (BIC) in Bryanston, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa, for her high school education. While completing her high school education Hirayama was involved in dance training.
In 2005 she began performing professionally, dancing at a number of corporate functions under the Vigor8 Company. A year later, in 2006, Hirayama founded the Clinch City Entertainment (ACC), a hip hop marketing & events company.
In that year, she became part of the official dancers for renowned artists of that time, among others; the late Lebo Mathosa of Boom Shaka fame, and Tshwarelo ‘Relo’ Nhlapo; performed with Skwatta Kamp; and was featured in music videos of Unathi Msengana and Loyiso Bala.
She first appeared on South African screens at the age of 15; as a presenter for the daily kids time channel Craze-e on E-TV. After four years, Hirayama was head-hunted to SABC1 as a live continuity presenter and brand ambassador.
A year later she played the role of 'Felicia' on E-TV's prime time soapie Rhythm city and as a dark angel on the E-TV show Axe Dark Angels. During this time she also began presenting the show 'Scar Tissue' for the new DSTV channel Vuzu, soon after which she joined the prime time, live celeb gossip show V Entertainment as well as becoming a live continuity presenter for the channel.
While on Vuzu, Hirayama played the role of 'Bianca' on the bio-weekly soapie 'Zone 14' on SABC1 and a few months later she joined the 'Tropica Island of Treasure' team and co-hosted the 3rd season, which aired on E-TV alongside DJ Fresh in Phuket, Thailand. She co-hosted the reality hip-hop dance show 'Masters of Rhythm' on Vuzu from mid 2011.
In 2009 Hirayama was featured in the FHM calendar and voted #15 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women In The World and #14 in 2010. She also featured in the yearly FHM Lingerie supplement in 2010 and is regularly featured in the magazine. She has won Glamour magazines ‘Most Glamorous’ award, ‘Best Innovative Style’ at the South African Style Awards and ‘Most Stylish’ at the G4 Sports awards.
Hirayama has an extremely strong professional dance background. She trained classically from the age of 4 in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Spanish and Jazz. She began teaching in Japan at the age of 14. Whilst in Japan she was exposed to the Hip-Hop scene and after returning to South Africa Hirayama co-founded South Africa's first mix style hip-hop dance crew "Clinch".
Thando Thabethe (born 18 June 1990) is a South African actress, radio DJ,television host and the first ever African brand ambassador for Nivea.
She also is a presenter on her television show on channel TLC Thandi bears all. She played the role of Nolwazi Buzo on the South African opera soapie , from 2014-2017 on Generation:the legacy.
She is also a radio DJ on 5FM,having started her radio career in 2008 at UJFM before moving to popular youth radio station YFM in 2011. At the same time she landed the lead role of Thando Nkosi in the hit sitcom My Perfect family which went on to air for 3 seasons.
She later joined 5FM in 2013 on The Roger Goode Show before landing her own show weekdays on 5FM, The Thando Thabooty Show The Thabooty Drive. Other prominent work include, Club 808, Intersexions, Ngempela, Kowethu, 1s and 2s, and Single Guys. Thando's father died when she was in grade 8.
In the same year she starred in her first ever feature film Mrs Right Guy alongside Dineo Moeketsi, Thapelo mokoena and Lehasa Moloi.
In 2016, she hosted theSouth African music Awards, alongside Somizi mhlongo and in 2017 she hosted the south African film and television Awards.
In 2018, she starred in Housekeepers as Linda Ndlovu. In 2019 she starred in the lead role of Zinhle Malinga in the box office hit Love Lives Here
In 2019, she was nominated for Best TV host& Best Talk Show for Thando Bares All, which aired on TLC, she walked away with the award for Best Talk Show.
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