The il­lus­trated women

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For the past two years, de­signer, il­lus­tra­tor and en­tre­pre­neur David Tsha­bal­ala has used Au­gust to pay trib­ute to the strong, tal­ented and bound­ary-push­ing women of South Africa.

This year sees a whole new group of women be­ing hon­oured, in­clud­ing sen­sual chanteuse Moonchild Sanelly, ac­tivist and writer Panashe Chigumadzi, and graphic de­signer/singer-song­writer Nonku Phiri.

Tsha­bal­ala says of his il­lus­tra­tions: “With so much neg­a­tive stuff that’s go­ing on in our coun­try ... I wanted to do some­thing pos­i­tive that peo­ple can walk away from feel­ing good.”

He fol­lows (and they fol­low him) most of the women he il­lus­trates on so­cial media. They usu­ally feel hon­oured when he tells them he is go­ing to il­lus­trate them.

Tsha­bal­ala plans on con­tin­u­ing the se­ries ev­ery year from now on.

His bold, brightly coloured draw­ings hon­our women with­out stereo­typ­ing or triv­i­al­is­ing them the way so many Women’s Month cam­paigns do, and for that #Trend­ing has to give him a big-up.

Check out more of Tsha­bal­ala’s work on In­sta­gram @slay­ing.go­liath




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