#TheStyleIcon Khanyi Dhlomo

 

 

 

 

If there is one woman who seems to have her finger on the pulse of change in South Africa – it has to be the astute and eloquent Khanyi Dhlomo. The CEO of Ndalo media first appeared on South Africa’s television at the age of 20 as a young journalism student from the university of Witwatersrand, she broke new ground as the first black newscaster on SABC1. I know it seems awkward to fathom that at some point SABC1 was a predominantly white channel, but such is the history of South Africa.

Khanyi Dhlomo’s rise in the entrepreneurial world from a young newscaster to the CEO of Ndalo media came through persistence and dedication. Khanyi Dhlomo’s many roles took her from newscaster, True Love magazine fashion and beauty assistant, to being the editor of True Love magazine. When she stepped down from her role as  True Love editor having doubled True Love’s circulation Khanyi Dhlomo took a break and explored Paris. While in Europe, she took a job as manager of South Africa’s Tourism Board in Paris.

Khanyi Dhlomo’s love for the media industry prompted her to forge ahead and attain her MBA from Harvard university where she was mentored by Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman of Conde Nast International (publisher of Vogue magazine). She was keen to establish herself within the media industry as an entrepreneur, this time, as the CEO of Ndalo media a joint venture with media 24.

Ndalo media founded DestinyConnect.com a website that serves as the online extension of Destiny’s publication. The website integrates an interactive social media platform with original and exclusive content, video footage, blogs, forums and business and personal profile listings. Just last Wednesday,17 September I partook in the DestinyConnects Live chat with Ndalo media CEO Khanyi Dhlomo. This is a platform created to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs.

Khanyi Dhlomo is a style icon in every sense showing you that beauty and brains can actually coexist and that everything and anything is possible with hard work and persistance. But, if that is not enough Luminance, Khanyi Dhlomo’s upmarket store owned by Ndalo Luxury Ventures, a fashion and lifestyle retail company is sure to convince you just how stylish Khanyisile Dhlomo is. The name “Luminance” is taken from her own name, Khanyisile, which means “light”.

Let’s take a look at some of Khanyi Dhlomo’s stylish moments.

 

Images taken from Google images.

 

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#TheStyleIcon Bonang Matheba

 

 

 

 

 

Bonang is one of South Africa’s most successful female pioneers whose best known for her weekly slot on SABC 1’s Live show. Where she set the Friday night scene on fire playing the latest music videos and armed with her electric personality.

Bonang is a trailblazer with accolades most only day dream of. The young and accomplished Miss Matheba also known as Queen B* is not only the face of Revlon but an astute business woman owning Bonang Matheba Entertainment and having launched Just B with Jet, Baby Star (hand bags) and one of my favourite lingerie lines Bonang for Distraction which retails at Woolworths stores.

Bonang is adored by many and rightfully so, she has become an idol that many young South African woman aspire to be like . Her slot on Metro FM hosting “The Front Row” weekdays 9-12 boasts an astounding 6.7 million listeners.There is just no end to this dynamic beauty. Her future keeps getting brighter and brighter.

It is only fitting that she takes lead on the first #fashionfeature, without further ado let us peepsouth and check out Queen B’s fashion style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images from Google and Miss Mathebas’ instagram

Kelly On Fashion Blogging

I have been meaning to blog more about fashion in the past few weeks but I could not find a fashion viewpoint that defined what fashion blogging is to me . As much as I have read vast amounts of content on fashion I just could not find angle that made me go “wow!, if I blog about fashion this is how I would like to tell my fun fashion fetish”.

If you want great fashion visuals and some fashion inspiration look no further then bloggers. They will give you a good idea of what’s hot and what’s not in the fashion scene. If you want to know about the latest fashion must haves bloggers have first hand accounts of what’s in. I totally love bloggers that will not only tell you about what’s in but provide you with great visuals and how to mix and match garments to get the best look. But even with all that blog reading I just did not find a blog that appealed to the fashion side of me.

To begin with I had no idea what it is I want to focus on when it come to fashion but I know one thing “I do not want to be a blogger that has more images then words”. I always feel like if I do not have anything of value to say then I rather not say anything. Now I realise that when I tried to do my internet or rather Google search of the ‘it fashion blogs’ I went about it the wrong way. I focused my word search too much (searching for items, latest fashion trend, hot fashion news etc.). It was only when I simply searched for the word ‘fashion’ that I finally hit the lotto.

Silly me, what I was looking for was in the one place I should have instinctly began looking, online fashion magazines. The thing is I had looked at print magazines prior to my online search and found the usual and typical fashion fundi trends. But print magazine fashion trends aren’t really what I am aiming for and they will normally tell you about the latest trends and not delve into the world of fashion and the ins and outs of the fashion scene. Where print magazine failed online magazines got right.

After spending sometime browsing online magazines I thought “this is it”. You do not only get to read about what’s trending but you get to know about trends as they are made. You read about things as they happen, you engage with fashion gurus, trendsetters, fashion lovers and of course the fashion editors who make sure every word is where it’s suppose to be.

If you are a fashion fanatic you will agree with me when I say fashion mags and blogs do not paint a holistic picture of the fashion world apart from the trends and trend setters. If you are like me, you will want to know if you were a model what you should do to get a casting call from the leading model agency for the New York Fashion Week. Models are after all a big part of the fashion world. With that said I have found that it is only magazines that are dedicated exclusively to fashion content that have the expertise to write on the topic of fashion in a kaleidoscope way. Although not all fashion magazines poses this skill the few that do make reading about fashion fun and full of hue and texture.

As a blogger I do like blogging about that which appeals to my fancy whether it be the latest trend, celebrity fashion, accessories, cosmetics or even the latest gadget. That is what makes blogging fun. Having done all the research and finally finding a few online magazines that define what the fashion world is all about on and off the catwalk, I now believe I can form my own opinion of what fashion is to me. I can only hope you enjoy my take on fashion and find it fun and informative.