and other celeb cal­en­dars

CityPress - - Front Page - GUGULETHU MH­LUNGU gugulethu.mh­lungu@city­press.co.za The cal­en­dar is avail­able at min­nie-dlamini.com for R120

If you feel like you can’t get enough of TV star Mi­nenhle Dlamini, grab your chance to look at her 365 days of the year.

Dlamini has joined the likes of Bey­oncé and Nicki Mi­naj by re­leas­ing a 2015 cal­en­dar.

Miss Min­nie says she de­cided to cre­ate the cal­en­dar after con­sid­er­ing var­i­ous ways of grow­ing her brand with her US-based PR team.

Dlamini says: “That side [in the US], it’s a common trend. I wanted it to be per­sonal and to be part of a truly Min­nie ini­tia­tive.

“Thus we came up with it as one of the many ways to fund my newly formed Min­nie Dlamini Foun­da­tion for young girls.”

Dlamini says there are “more and more projects in the works – new jobs” in 2015.

“But I am most ex­cited about the foun­da­tion as it’s my baby that I’ve birthed, and I want to nur­ture it the best way I know how to.”

The cal­en­dar was con­cep­tu­alised in May last year. Shoot­ing be­gan in early Au­gust and wrapped up in early Novem­ber. Res­i­dents of KwaZulu-Natal will recog­nise many of the back­drops in the cal­en­dar.

“Be­cause I wanted a truly per­sonal feel to the cal­en­dar, I set­tled on us­ing my home town, Dur­ban, as the back­drop,” she said.

“We used dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in the city – Moses Mab­hida [Sta­dium], the beaches in and around Dur­ban, sugar cane fields, the Mar­ket Taxi rank and the shark tank at uShaka Marine World.

“Even my back gar­den at my house be­came a lo­ca­tion be­cause we had to im­pro­vise due to bad weather on one of the days.

“I worked with an amaz­ing cre­ative team who un­der­stand me, and the process was made that much eas­ier by that ex­ist­ing magic for­mula we’ve al­ways en­joyed ... Even my mother had a hand in my styling as she cre­ated the look of the Zulu maiden scene and con­cep­tu­alised that shot.”

Dlamini can’t choose a favourite shot. “All the images are a favourite as each one has a per­sonal story at­tached to it,” she says.

IN­TOMBI YOM’ZULU Min­nie Dlamini’s mother styled this look for her daugh­ter’s cal­en­dar



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