All Posts By Simbongile Ndlangisa

A Chat with Radio Host & Beauty Non-Conformist, Sherlin Barends

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Towards the end of 2012, KFM Breakfast presenter and feminist Sherlin Barends refused to keep up with beauty standards or the obsession with female beauty being equivalent to a hairstyle, its length or colour any longer…so she shaved off her shoulder length hair and never looked back. Her goal was to directly challenge traditional beauty standards and become, as she puts it: “…completely and unapologetically Sherlin Barends. She answers some in-depth questions with us revealing her refreshingly frank take on beauty and how she approaches her radio career as a millennial.   On Hair  MELENIAL: Growing up as a coloured girl in Cape Town, did you find that there’s subtle politics of hair in your community similar to perhaps colourism?  SHERLIN: I grew up in a community where straight, sleek and long hair was seen more desirable. ‘Poor’, ‘unattractive’ and ‘untidy’ were some of the words associated with ‘kroes’ hair. Bald head shaves were put ...

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Moyin Oloruntoba is our Social Star

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Cape Town-based, Nigerian born Moyin Oloruntoba is one of three finalists in the Social Star competition that gets to jet off to Mauritius on Samsung's dime. The 26 year old was selected from 377 entries to spend time with the best in the business including businesswomen and ex-Miss South Africa, Jo-Ann Strauss. The competition which is  tailor made for young digital content makers is really Moyin's for the taking, here's why: As the founder of The A1 TV channel on Youtube which has over 1,5 million views, Moyin has taken on the roles of entrepreneur, content creator, influencer, presenter and model. Her channel produces some of the best content pieces in youth culture and entertainment focusing specifically on African pop culture and celebrity news. The quality of production is part of a handful of the best in the country and sits comfortably within the  best of the Youtube community. Moyin also flexes her ...

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This Woman is Painting the Fashion World RED

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Tshego 'Red' Mosiane is a 21 year-old freelance fashion writer, curator, director, producer and Founder of REconnecteD. She has dedicated her life to creating the kind of fashion content that she believes is directly needed in South Africa. Many may know Red from her trending fashion critique threads on Twitter but her fashion knowledge goes far beyond that with her website and REconnecteD channel on Youtube. Earlier this year, two of REConnecteD's productions have garnered global critical acclaim, episode 1 of 'SUBS,' a series, was selected to show at Fashion Film Festival Milano during the 23-25 September event. The episode explores Braamfontein in Johannesburg, an area that has been dubbed the "creative hub" of the city.  "Braamfontein is pedaled by mainstream media as a place of the latest trends as seen on influencers but a majority of the buildings are student accommodations for nearby universities. So, what is the truth? Is ...

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5 Things to Know about Vuyi Zondi and her Skincare Business

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You may have heard of the Corium Naturals skincare range already but did you know that the founder is a young black woman? Vuyi Zondi, a management consultant, spoke to Tim Modise on Touch HD Online about how she runs and sustains her skincare brand. This is what we found out about the entrepreneur and her business.    The brand's name is taken from an old romantic language, Corium means 'truest skin'  in Latin.    Vuyi started the skincare range from her own pocket and has sustained it thus far, she says so far it has "payed for itself but the brand's traction garnered will mean that they will need to look for funding soon." When asked about how she and her team have marketed the brand, Vuyi states that the marketing strategy was and is rooted in consumer education. This made customers and potential customers confident enough to speak about it to the next ...

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Turn 2 of Your Regular Routines into Self-Care Musts

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Putting your smart-phone on flight mode, going on that 20 minute run, finishing a chapter in your current read or running a bubble bath and sitting in it until your fingers and toes prune - all of these are forms of self-care. The 2017 woman knows that she can switch off from a world that demands the most from her regularly for self-preservation and to show some self-appreciation. Below I have gathered some of my favourite cosmetics and linked them to some self-care activities where I turn the world off even for just a few minutes, and turn the pampering on. Face-Masking We really all should be face-masking at least once a week but the way that beauty advice columns have framed this activity as a chore, I often get lazy to do it. This all changed when I shifted my thinking from a weekly must do process, to a relaxing activity that ...

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Different Faces for Different Spaces

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In the last two years I have garnered a big interest in make-up products and application, this has much to do with the fact that I started working and actually had the coins to spend on something other than food and toiletries. When I started interning after varsity, I noticed that appearance matters - I would feel a little insecure when I hadn't made an effort on my appearance and a client came into the office or we had a big meeting. So I started slowly buying make-up and watching tutorials on how to apply what, where and why. Disclaimer alert, I am definitely not a beauty blogger but I have a very keen interest in my face and what I put on it when I want to look banging. So these looks are based purely on my routine and how I have maneuvered what looks work for certain occasions. As ...

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Tebatso Molapo

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21 year old founder of Re Basadi Tebatso is the woman behind Re Basadi which is a young empowerment organisation aimed at creating networking platforms and facilitating collaborations for young women in business. She is from a small mining town in Burgersfort, Limpopo.  She did a year of Journalism at Rhodes University and moved to Joburg in 2016 to pursue a degree in Film & TV. Her entrepreneurial journey began at 15 when she started working as her sister’s PA and eventually hosted my first event at 17 and was part of a group called Puro Estilo which aimed to showcase young creatives in my hometown. My greatest achievement has been Re Basadi and how much I’ve managed to grow it in a period of less than 2 years. I strive to push boundaries as I aim to connect young women in business all over the world. Regarding where I will be in a ...

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Owethu Makhathini

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24 year old founder of Makhathini Media Owethu Makhathini is a young black woman passionate about entrepreneurship, black sisterhood and all things online marketing. She's a full time International Relations student at UKZN who is also interested in global politics. She facilitates workshops on digital marketing and has helped train over 70 000 people supported by Google, Barclays and later Facebook. You can find her deep in chakra twitter @owethumack. My greatest achievement is definitely starting my own company. Continuing to push boundaries for me means I'll never compromise my values for a cheque. Being authentic and passionate is what has pushed me to do what I have and I will continue to speak up for ownership, blackness and womanhood. In year, I want to be known as an award winner. My inspirations include Beyoncé, my great grandmother Mary Thipe and all my sister friends. To me at 16; write that shit down! You're going to circle back ...

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Mixo Mathebula

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22 year old Business Analyst & Creator of #ThighsForJeaux I'm a Mutsonga woman whose name means dawn. I just graduated with an Honours in Informatics. I'm a self proclaimed nerd. I just really want to sleep all the time. Intimidator of men. Connoisseur of thighs. Better known as Mijeaux/Jeaux. Creator of #ThighsForJeaux. Others call me Jeaux Slay Mourinho. I believe we're constantly evolving and I'm really just trying to be surrounded by plants and flowers. I'm not asking for a lot. This doesn't say much of anything right? Perfect. On Achievements For me, my Honours degree is one of my greatest achievements. It gave me so much confidence (despite the hardships) and opened my eyes to the myriad of things I can do. It also revealed my purpose. I really never thought an Informatics degree would be that meaningful but hey. #ThighsForJeaux has also been one of my sources of pride. Getting messages and tweets ...

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Thozama Mputa

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26 year old Masters in Landscape Architecture Student Thozama Mputa was born in Cape Town, South Africa, studying a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Cape Town, having completed her undergraduate studies in landscape architecture at the University of Pretoria in 2013. Thozama paints portraits in landscapes in mixed medium, often combining the two with emphasis on colour and on line with hatching techniques learnt in architecture. Thozama practices film photography and enjoys double exposing the film layering landscapes, cityscapes and portraiture while capturing the experiential. On Achievements I have learnt not to be afraid of voicing my thoughts and opinions verbally through my studies and through my artwork, I have learnt to share my work on various public platforms without fear, and having resilience through obstacles that I come across. I would have not been able to achieve in my field without all these aspects. Overcoming all these aspects makes me ...

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