Makho Ndlovu

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Was 2016 The Year of The Most Diverse Victoria Secret Fashion Show?

OK ladies now let's get in formation....

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Jourdana Philips, Maria Borges and Herieth Paul kept it short and sweet

Over the last few years, lingerie brand Victoria's Secret has made headlines across the globe for their glaring lack of diversity. This year, the company switched things up and clearly got with the winning team. This has to be their most diverse show YET!

First up? Let's discuss all the beauties that sashayed down the runway in their natural hair.

Maria revealed on Twitter that her costume was a love letter to the continent of Africa

Angolan beauty Maria Borges dazzled on the runway my friends, I mean she was just oozing sexy confidence. You may remember last year when she made waves across the Internet when she debuted her cropped cut.

This year we saw two more models join her on the natural hair tip - gorgeous gals Herieth Paul and Jourdana Philips also followed suit.

In addition to the natural hair movement on the runway, there were also four Chinese models- Liu Wen,  Xi Mengyao, Sui He, and Ju Xiaowen also in the VC show.
Yessssss! I am so here for all this diversity.

But wait there's more.

Let's take a look at all the other women of color featured in the show. There was model Zuri Tibby who kept it playful and sexy on the runway.
Jasmine Tookes wore the highly coveted multi-million dollar fantasy bra.
Cindy Bruna shimmied down the runway in this number.

And of course we have Queen Joan Smalls,

I hope one day we can even have women of different shapes on the show, now that would be ahhhmazing. I am glad to see a small shift from Victoria's Secret hope it continues to grow each year and that the entire fashion industry catches on.

The show will air on Dec 5th at 10pm on CBS! Will you be watching?

African Queen: Meet the Stunning Miss Tourism Zimbabwe

Isn't she lovely? Meet the stunning Ashley Morgen our new Miss Zimbabwe Tourism.

Miss Tourism flanked by her 1st runner up Nonhlahla Dube and her 2nd runner up Shirley-Anne Lindsay

Held at the Harare International Conference Centre last Friday the pageant only had fifteen contestants in total but it seemed like a well put together show. Based on the pics I saw online, everything was on point - hair, makeup, production  - kudos to the organizers.

Ashley's Facebook page states that she is studying Marketing at the National University of Science and Technology. 

I love LOVE her gown, so stylish and it totally made her stand out. As part of her prize package she wins a trip to New York, $20,000, a car and tons of other goodies. As for the other contestants competing in the pageant? They also won $1,000 plus a year's worth of college tuition.

Miss Tourism Zimbabwe spoke to reporters after the pageant and had this to say about her future plans. "I'm using Miss Tourism Zimbabwe to protect, enhance and put a dream in every girl child." During her year long reign the beauty queen's focus will be on providing the less fortunate female students in Zimbabwe with sanitary pads.

Beauty and brains!

Congrats Ashley, we wish you all the best!

BONUS: Check out video highlights from the pageant!

  **pics sourced from Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Facebook Page

Monday, November 28, 2016

Need Hair Inspiration? Here Are 4 Fresh & Fun Ways To Rock Cornrows

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I am obsessed with cornrows. They are a quick and easy hairstyle that can elevate your whole look in just  few hours. While I was in South Africa, they were my go-to look as evidenced by the picture above.

If you need help re-creating the look or are interested in a different variation of the style I have above don't worry I got you covered. Here are some Pinterest worthy braids for you to try out:

1. Chef Nti Ramaboa slayed this look. So fresh with a modern twist.

The detail with the beads is everything!

2. Fashion editor Asanda Sizani inspired my braids

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Sooooo gorgeous!!

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Effortlessly fly!

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3. Blogger Sheila Ndinda nailed the simple braids. Aren't they bomb?
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4. Queen Beyonce is the definition of #braidgoals

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The 35-year-old star rocked these blonde beauties during her Formation tour

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Dope right? What hairstyles are you loving these days?

Disney partners up with songstress Lira for South African release of 'Moana'

Disney's latest flick “Moana” scored BIG at the box office this weekend.

The animated comedy collected a cool $81.1 million at domestic theaters over the five-day holiday weekend, enough to rank as the second-best Thanksgiving opening on record, behind only “Frozen,” which took in $93.6 million for Disney in 2013 per the New York Times.

Amazing right? Well get ready for more good news because when the film hits South Africa on Dec 2nd it looks like Disney has a nice lil surprise for us. If you listen closely to the ending credits you will hear a very familiar voice.

Stunning songstress LIRA announced today via Instagram that she recorded "How Far I'll Go" for the movie. The song was penned by Lin Manuel Miranda the genuis behind the critically acclaimed Broadway play Hamilton.

Lira explains “How Far I’ll Go beautifully encapsulates the elements of Moana that resonate with me, to break away from conformity, to be bold, go out and discover what makes you uniquely you. It’s a real honour to be involved! Also, the fact that Disney is able to incorporate and feature African voices in projects such as this, is truly exciting.”

 Nice! Congrats to our FAVE! Take a listen to the track below:

Monday, November 21, 2016

Meet the African contestants competing in the Miss World pageant

Did you know that Miss World pageant organizers are expecting over 2 billion people across the globe to tune in to the pageant when it airs on Sunday Dec 18th? WOW! That's a lot of people and I for one cannot wait to see the extravagance, glitz and glama from all the beauty queens.

Before the show airs in a few weeks, allow me to get you up to speed on all the beautiful women from Africa competing in the contest. Let's start things off with 21-year-old Thata Kenosi from Botswana.

Miss Cameroon is the personification of beauty and brains. An interesting fact about the 24-year-old? She says "I manage my own startup company, based on sales of goods and services."

Miss Cameroon

How stunning is Miss Cote D'Ivoire Esther Memel? Her personal motto is "always strive for excellence!"
Miss Cote D'Ivoire

Miss DR Congo Andrea Moloto

Miss DR Congo

Miss Equatorial Guinea Esono Nfono is from the less is more school of thought

Miss Equatorial Guinea

Ladies and gents meet Miss World Ethiopia 2016 - Soliyana Assefa

Miss Ethiopia

The proudest moment of Miss Ghana's life thus far? "My proudest moment was when a mother called me to thank me for saving her daughter’s life through my blood donation." Love a beauty queen with a heart of gold
Miss Ghana

Oh Hello Miss Guinea-Bissau. She is such a natural beauty!

Miss Guinea - Bissau

Ahhhh check out the timeless beauty that is Miss Kenya

Miss Kenya

Miss Lesotho Rethabile Tsosane is currently in her 2nd year of nursing studies and after school she would like to pursue medicine with a pediatric specialization. Nice!!

Miss Lesotho

Miss Mauritius Veronique Allas

Miss Mauritius

She tried her luck at Miss Universe and didn't quite nab the crown. But I have high hope for Miss Nigeria Debbie Collins hope she represents!
Miss Nigeria

The statuesque Miss Rwanda Jolly Mutesi

Miss Rwanda

Sultry Miss Sierra Leone Aminata Bangura

Miss Sierra Leone

Miss South Africa better push through with this windswept hair. We're rooting for you Ntandoyenkosi Kunene!
Miss South Africa

Must be that African butter. Miss South Sudan has the most gorgeous complexion and smile.
Miss South Sudan

Miss Tanzania is only 18! So young, I bet she must be enjoying this entire experience!
Miss Tanzania

21-year-old lady in red Miss Uganda
Miss Uganda

BONUS: I really like Miss St. Lucia LaToya Moffat

Miss St. Lucia 

and Miss Haiti is slaying these pageant streets with this beautiful short haircut
Miss Haiti
Do you have a favorite yet?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Bonang Matheba Wore 3 Stunning Dresses At the All Africa Music Awards —See Them All Here

This past weekend, Bonang Matheba hosted the 3rd annual All African Music Awards in Lagos, Nigeria and boy did she BRING it!

The Revlon spokesperson pushed through in a bevy of dazzling looks and each one was just beyond beautiful. First up? The 29 year old host kicked things off wearing a gorgeous orange dress from Iconic Vanity and a black turban.

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She looks sensational!

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Next up? B* brought the heat in a fitted red gown paired with a matching red lip and hair pulled back in a tight bun.

As for her final look, she who reigns supreme was pretty in pink in this peach skirt and top combo

Slay B*, which look was your favorite?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

E! Africa Announces New Show: Who Will Be The First Ever - E! Host South Africa?

E! Africa just announced another local TV show slated for February 2017 and from what I can tell - this is MAJOR!

Here's what we know so far about the exciting new show. Per the press release:

"The six-part competition series, set to launch in 2017, will follow eight local contestants as they compete for the honour of being named the first-ever host for E! in South Africa.

 “E! Entertainment Television continues to invest into original programming and, with The Search: E! Host South Africa about to begin production, we are delighted to be showcasing local talent,”, says Colin McLeod, Managing Director, UK and Emerging Markets, NBCUniversal International Networks.

“It’s a once-in- a-lifetime chance for up-and- coming talent from across the country to pursue this unique opportunity to become a pop culture ambassador on E! in Africa.”

The reality show is currently in production as we speak but word on the street is participants will live together in a glamorous mansion where they will get a chance to showcase their talents via weekly challenges. Oooooh the drama! The judges will eventually narrow the field down to one winner who will have the coveted title of becoming the first-ever E! Host South Africa covering future events on behalf of the channel. 

Nice! Wonder who will host the actual show!? Good luck to all the contestants, may the best man or woman win!

Update: Here's a word about casting process from E!

The Search: E! Host South Africa will follow eight up and coming presenters from South Africa as they compete to become the first-ever local E! host. The contestants were pre-selected through a casting process and there will not be any public auditions.
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