Rolene Strauss has been the brunt of vicious attacks by jealous trolls. Women who fit society’s description of beautiful often have a hard time and face lots of criticism for their diet, exercise, dress, and other lifestyle choices. But all women need to develop self worth and the strength to survive in a critical society. Rolene shows us how…

Secrets to My Growth is an inspirational album by former Miss South Africa and Miss World, Rolene Strauss, and is one of the first attempts at locally producing an album in the spoken word genre.

Spoken word as a genre is defined as poetry intended for performance and, while popular overseas, a spoken word album is perhaps a little unusual for South African audiences.

But the lessons shared on the album are universal and the perfect choice as a gift for the special women in your life this Christmas. The album is available on all digital platforms and will be in all good music stores from this week.

Buy the album here

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Pretty hurts… but it shouldn’t

Secrets to My Growth is a compilation of life lessons and stories that I would like to share with people; these are the things that I wish I had known when I was younger. The album enabled me to bare my soul in a way that I have never done before, and to share parts of myself that people have never seen,” says Rolene.

The messages are complemented by beautifully shot videos produced by Inhoud Huis Musiek and available for viewing on Rolene’s YouTube channel. She is quick to point out, however, that the images are there to support the words and, while each video is perfectly suited to its accompanying track, it does not portray stories in their entirety.

“While the videos offer some imaginative interpretations for the messages I’m trying to convey, they are there to plant a seed, not tell a particular story, and are therefore minimalistic. I want people to interpret each message as it applies to them in that moment, at that particular stage of their lives”, Rolene continues.

Watch the video for Pretty Hurts Rolene’s YouTube channel below