Pearl was born Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi in the township of KwaNdengezi in Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.
She is also known for her role as orphan Samkelisiwe Nkambule on the SABC1 drama series Zone 14, from 2011-2012. Other television series she has appeared in include Soul City, Rhythm City and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
She has had a successful modelling career, appearing in adverts for Vodacom, Edgars, Jet, Altech Netstar, DStv, Khomanani, SANBS, Toyota, Kellogg’s Special K, Danone and KFC, among others. She was also selected to be a campaign ambassador for Castle Lite’s Feel the Beat of Sub Zero Experience featuring Kanye West, and was the MC on the evening.
Pearl completed a start-up venture course at WITS Business School, whilst completing a BA Communications Science through UNISA. She is also the co-owner of Ayana Africa Modelling Agency and has a daughter with sports presenter Walter Mokoena.
A former Miss KZN, she was also one of four personalities in the running to join the e.tv reality competition series Tropika Island of Treasure in 2012 as a co-host for DJ Fresh, but lost out to Nicole Flint. She appeared as one of the celebrity contestants the following year.
In 2012 she joined the SABC1 gossip show The Real Goboza as a co-host, replacing the departed Brenda Ngxoli. In 2013 she played herself in a crossover episode of RGB with the sitcom My Perfect Family. She left RGB in November 2013.
She also presents on the SABC1 music show LIVE Amp and plays Palesa Motaung on the SABC3 soapie Isidingo. She made her debut on the soapie on Monday, 20 May 2013.
In 2014 she hosted the sixth season of Tropika Island of Treasure, on SABC1. She was also the co-host of the 13th Annual Metro FM Music Awards, alongside Phat Joe.