August is Women’s Month in South Africa and we are crushing on a few ladies who have been making quite an impact and owning their spaces. The commemoration of more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women, is something we look forward to every year. It’s a time to unapologetically and loudly celebrate women, their strength and resilience. It’s also a time to reflect on how far women have come. One may wonder if the women who were marching 62 years ago could have imagined half of the unconventional things that women continue to accomplish today. That there would be so many Boss Chicks, Thought Leaders and Creative Leaders when it comes to women.
Here are a few young women who are on our radar as such:
She recently made headlines for being the first to grace the cover of the first-ever Cosmopolitan ‘Activism Issue’ this month and caused quite a stir on social media. With some saying she did not deserve to be hailed an Activist. And many more dispelling those claims and defending her and her work in advocating for refugees as well as mental illness, amongst other acts acts of kindness and activism.
Nomzamo’s journey has been a refreshing and dynamic one to watch as we have gotten to experience her voice on different platforms. She seems to glide seamlessly from being an actress, brand ambassador for brands ranging from beauty, fashion, lifestyle, finance and cars, as well as a spokesperson and advocate for pressing issues like mental illness and refugees. She also just announced her directorial debut for a short film. Wow Nomzamo! What is a box? One may wonder how she manages it all. There is no doubt that she has a good head on her shoulders and is exceptionally grounded in the things that she is passionate and feels strongly about. We are still going to see and hear so much more from this beauty and icon in the making, and we are waiting with baited breath.
Listen to her speak about the black girl's experience and you would be shocked to know that she is still a teenager only just peeking into womanhood. Amonge, co-founder of Blackboard Africa, together with her cousin Zingisa, is determined to change the African narrative from a black girl/black boy perspective, one conversation at a time. Growing up in spaces that wanted them to be Eurocentric, they decided to create a space for open dialogue about the African narrative, and where, as Africans we want it to go.
She has gotten multiple opportunities to speak on Africa’s challenges and way forward, locally and globally and is currently part of this year’s Black Girls Rock Leadership Camp in NYC.
Amonge is also known for her style choices. Whether it’s her crown or statement clothing from African designers, Amonge is always finding a way to express herself boldly. We absolutely adore this young Queen.
Karabo Poppy Moletsane
This world-class Graphic designer, Illustrator and street artist is making major waves in the creative industry and if you don’t already know her, you should. You are probably already familiar with her work and you don’t even know it. Karabo Poppy, as she is affectionately known, is a BA graduate in Visual Communication and has produced energetic and vibrant work which celebrates the diverse and multi-faceted cultures in South Africa. She has collaborated with many brands including Woolworths, Steve Madden, G-Star and many others. Her illustrations have been featured on the Google Doodle for International Women’s Day and you can also currently see her illustrations on a wall mural at the Nike Football Training Centre, the Zoo lake basketball courts and the Orlando Towers in Soweto. This is girl is undoubtedly talented and on fire! We are so inspired by her and expect to see her soar even higher!
There are so many other Queens we are inspired by, and we want to wish all of you a Happy Women’s Day!
Be kind, be true and love you!