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Trans star breaks the soap mould

Chrizelda Kekana | 2017-04-20 06:39:50.0
Deonay Balie plays Genevieve Du Preez on 7de Laan.
Image by: Via Deonay Balie

Deonay Balie has graced 7de Laan as the first transgender actress to join the soapie's cast.

The teacher-turned-actress said people were ready to embrace the LGBTI community on soapies like 7de Laan.

Deonay said it liberated her to be the one to "break the mould".

"It feels awesome. I am an activist for LGBTI rights, so it is a privilege to represent this community," she said.

Deonay plays the 34-year-old Genevieve du Preez, who rolls into town to take part in a beauty pageant.

Deonay said that shooting the scenes on 7de Laan brought back feelings she experienced during her own journey as a transgender woman.

She added that playing Genevieve taught her a lot and that she had learnt to accept herself.

"I really think viewers will fall in love with Genevieve and her journey.

"She is determined to win and did not come for fun or games. She gives me life!" the actress said.

Deonay made her debut on 7de Laan on Tuesday.

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