She went to Robert Tredgold Primary and did her secondary education at Bulawayo Adventist High School. But while going to school, Gumbo was passionate about modelling, which she had started doing aged three. Yolanda Gumbo enrolled for Marketing Management at Midlands State University (MSU).
Yolanda Gumbo's first modelling competition was Miss Highlanders in 2002 where she was crowned Queen. After winning, she took modelling as a career and enrolled for a course in modelling with Strides Modelling Agency owned by Sipho Mazibuko in 2003. Gumbo did a course in grooming and etiquette which she passed with a distinction. She quit modelling in 2005 saying that it had become boring.
- Danisa Masuku, Move over NewsBae……Make way for Queen of News, The Chronicle, Published: April 19, 2016, Retrieved: May 4, 2022