When it comes to being an influencer, there is no doubt the first name South African’s will call out is Bonang Matheba. Despite denouncing the title on the breakfast club, making it clear she is not an influencer, but she is influential, she can not stray away from the fact that it is her biggest attribute and that almost any and everything she touches becomes an extreme desire.
Her influence on the south African culture and young ladies is beyond belief and that is why when she took on this pencil dress made by Sai Sankoh it was an eye opener and a mark for African women leadership. Sai Sankoh is another influential Sierra Leoneon who has changed the game for style girls, and in less than a year she made her way to owning one of the biggest fashion brands in the world by creating her own label Sai Sankoh.
Her brand has been warn by Gabrial Union, Beyonce and many more international celebrities. Taking two African female giants and merging both their talents, their beauty and their relevance is more than just a style sessions, it’s an impact, both accomplishing in their own fields what many could never have dreamed off, and you can witness the beauty thats beyond visuals below.
BEAUTY REVOLUTION FESTIVAL/ MC Extraordinaire, Nandipha Mqoco, To Host Africa’s Biggest Beauty Event
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Saturday March 7, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – With only just a few weeks to go until one of the biggest beauty events of the year, the anticipation continues to mount for the 2020 Beauty Revolution Festival. In the previous year the festival wowed the Sandton crowds with it hosting all of South Africa’s huge beauty community under one roof.
The Beauty Revolution Festival is a two day beauty event taking place on 13 and 14 March 2020 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. So you better come prepared to meet and greet your favorite makeup artists, beauty startups, bloggers, hair stylists and beauty brands.
The all exclusive masterclass lounge is set to be one of the many key features on offer to experience at the festival this March. In association with Foschini, Nedbank, All 4 Women and YFM, Beauty Revolution Festival 2020 has just recently announced their star-clad lineup of Mzansi’s top makeup artist influencers.
The masterclasses will be taking place between 10:00am and 17:00pm and will be hosted by the the beautiful MC extraordinaire that is Nandipha Mqoco. The lineup is set to kick off each day with Cape Town’s mega beauty babe, Rushana Isaacs followed by certified artist to the stars, Marco Louis. After him we have the major glam girl who needs no introduction, Mihlali Ndamse.
The final makeup artist will be creative and daring darling Kandy Kane. lastly, for all your hair tips and tricks, Candi & Co will complete the selection of top artists in the lounge along with a special guest appearance by rapper and queen of “Ragga”, Nadia Nakai.
With such a hot lineup and more, Beauty Revolution Festival is sure to be a major highlight on your calendar this year. So to purchase your tickets to the festival make sure to get them here.
(Image Source: Jordan Milton)
COTTON FEST’20/ Fashion And Style Rundown
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Monday February 10, 2020/wwwgbafrica.net/ – This year’s Cotton Fest was nothing short of insane as crowds showed up in numbers to experience the iconic music festival in Jozi. The fashion, like the music, was also taken to the next level with many embracing vibrant colours and interesting silhouettes.
We saw everything from multicoloured hair to shimmery and glittery makeup. It is safe to say that people definitely didn’t disappoint on the fashion and beauty aspect. Amongst many trends spotted at the festival was the colour neon green which keeps popping up as a prominent shade for this fashion season. In the beauty department, braids appear to be gaining more and more popularity as well with many opting to accessories them with the addition of colorful beards and florals. In terms of silhouettes, most seemed to be rocking that baggy and boxy look opting for more of that comfort feeling. But that didn’t translate into a comprise on the fashionably as people explored this through interesting texture combinations such as leather, snake skin and ribbed corduroy.
On the whole the festival was a great success as people danced and jammed the night away. Congratulations to Riky Rick and his team for putting on one of the best Cotton Festivals SA has ever seen.
CAX WKND FASHION SHOW/ Top Five African Fashion Designers You Should Know
Kenyan designer Peggy Onyango takes a fashionable bow after her runway show.
Day one of the Creative Africa Exchange WKND ended with a VIP gala and runway show. The CAX WKND Fashion Show and dinner took place in the Kilimanjaro Ballroom. Located within the 5-Star Kigali Marriott Hotel located in Avenue, Nyarugenge District. Guests enjoyed an impeccable a-la-carte dinner and catwalk show curated by Malawian designer Lilly Alfonso. VIP guests at the dinner party included Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, Dr, Ransome Owan, Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo, Rita Dominic and Enyinna Nwigwe. Not to mention the presence of Harvard Business School alumnus Chris Oshiafi Group CEO of PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited.
The head of communications at Afreximbank welcomed the over 200 dinners, including sponsors, actors, producers, bloggers, media houses.
In 2019, Ayman El Zoghby, said at a press conference, that the CAX programme would involve a series of cultural events including a fashion show.
The CAX WKND FASHION SHOW & VIP DINNER PARTY
After her success at the IFA Award in Cairo, Egypt, Miss Alfonso teamed with the CAX team. Chiefly, to bring together five contemporary African Designers from across the continent on the runway. In line with the CAX WKND Fashion show, the event aims to transform the African creative economy. For the purpose of setting up a vendor showcase. Whereby buyers and sellers of goods can showcase and sell their products.
The designer presentations were the highlight of the dinner party. Not to mention electric performances by the African Cabaret arts and dance club as they entertained guest between runway episodes.
TOP AFRICAN FASHION DESIGNERS AT CAX WKND DINNER PARTY
In essence, five of the best creatives from across the continent came together. Individually, they showcased their Haute, contemporary pieces and the diverse and growing fashion industry in Africa. Designers Peggy’O, from Kenya, Chizo Designs representing Zambia, Rwandese designer Karen Uwera brought in her (Karssh Collections). Maryland based Nigerian designer Uche Ibezue presented her O’Mak Designs likewise, Malawian designer Lilly Alfonso with her eponymous label.
Significantly, the designers presented their distinctive haute couture collection during the gala. From effortless evening dresses, playful details, sheer elegance, each designer showcased uniqueness and individuality. Their dresses were fun and eccentric with trademark silhouettes, plenty of drapes, capes, texturised fabrics and ball gowns.
Rwandese models from WeBest Models Management took over the runway. Sarah, talent manager, headed runway queens with top model Sissi Ngamije leading the catwalk.
Not only do we agree that the African fashion scene is thriving. But Also, Africa fashion is bold, vibrant and rich with culture. In effect, here are designs from the top five inspiring African fashion designers who have truly changed the course of the aesthetic world. Not to mention, these are the African designers who are the proud flag bearers of African Fashion.
Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh Crowned The 69th Miss World Pageant.
Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh was crowned Miss World on Saturday. Singh, 23, was born in Morant, St. Thomas, Jamaica. She is a psychology and women studies graduate of the Florida State University.
Prior to the winning the pageant, Singh was taking a year off from school before attending medical school. On Saturday, she earned an ovation from the audience after singing Whitney Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing” during the beauty pageant and after a round of questions from British journalist Piers Morgan.
“I think I represent something special, a generation of women that are pushing forward to change the world,” she told Morgan.
The two runners-up for the crown were Miss France and Miss India. Singh was crowned by last year’s winner, Vanessa Ponce de Leon of Mexico. This is the fourth time that a representative from Jamaica is crowned as Miss World since 1959. Jamaica has previously won Miss World titles in 1963, 1976 and 1993.
It’s also the first time that all top beauty pageants — Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and now, Miss World — have crowned black women as their winners. Last weekend, Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa was named Miss Universe after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts and answering questions about social issues.
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