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Glamour (South Africa) - - Must Read - Sixth cir­cle Women who can­cel at the last minute

/ Gen­der

I was on the stage, re­mind­ing my­self to re­ally en­joy this mo­ment that I had wanted so much as a lit­tle girl. When my name was an­nounced in the fi­nal top five, I felt the glim­mer of hope, and I couldn’t help be­ing dis­ap­pointed when I didn’t win the crown. But I quickly re­mem­bered what an achieve­ment it had been to have set my mind on some­thing and to have fol­lowed it through to the end.

“Be­ing in the pageant also en­cour­aged me to raise aware­ness about what it is to be an in­ter­sex fe­male. There is very lim­ited un­der­stand­ing of the con­di­tion, even among my own friends, so I started the blog, Un­rav­el­ling (she­ac­tu­al­ly­writes­blog.word­press. com). My aim with Un­rav­el­ling is to

“Be­ing a per­son of sub­stance has noth­ing to do with be­ing straight, gay, les­bian, trans­gen­der or in­ter­sex. The most im­por­tant is­sue for us hu­man be­ings is what we do with our lives.”

dis­pel myths and to share facts. Af­ter all, be­ing a per­son of sub­stance has noth­ing to do with be­ing straight, gay, les­bian, trans­gen­der or in­ter­sex. The most im­por­tant is­sue for us hu­man be­ings is what we do with our lives.

“De­spite my ini­tial re­ac­tion to my di­ag­no­sis, I don’t want to be any dif­fer­ent to the way I am. Be­ing an in­ter­sex fe­male is chal­leng­ing at times, but con­fi­dence comes with time. I’m in­spired by other black women who are mak­ing strides in their fields, like Thuli Madon­sela. Be­com­ing self-aware and lov­ing your­self is an on­go­ing process.”

What would James Bond be with­out his speedy ride? Thelma and Louise with­out their road­ster? Your car is an ex­pres­sion of your style and per­son­al­ity, so why not make sure you’re driv­ing a sen­sa­tional model with top-of-the range fea­tures?

Sleek and sporty, the Toy­ota RAV4 of­fers the very lat­est mo­tor­ing must-haves, from lane-change as­sist to cross-traf­fic alert func­tions. Plus elec­tronic break­force dis­tri­bu­tion, nine airbags (in­clud­ing a driver’s knee airbag), foot-well light­ing, an anti-lock break­ing sys­tem and emer­gency break as­sist.

So head out in style, with il­lu­mi­nat­ing gauge clus­ters, a sporty in­te­rior and a hand-finished outer body in eye-catch­ing colours and sil­ver ac­cents. With a choice of two-wheel and four-wheel drive mod­els, a 2 and 2.5 petrol en­gine or a 2.2 turbo-diesel en­gine, find­ing your per­fect match is eas­ier than ever.

and no sense of other peo­ple’s van­ity what­so­ever. Even if your friend just went through a breakup and needs all the re­boun­d­at­tract­ing pics she can get, you’d still post a shot of her mid-yawn, with the cap­tion, “I love my beau­ti­ful friend!!!” Your pun­ish­ment is hav­ing large-scale por­traits of your weird el­bow skin posted on­line every hour on the hour.

Fourth cir­cle

for not hav­ing at least R20 on you, espe­cially when you know it’s brunch o’clock. Your sniv­el­ling pleas of “Can I just EFT you?” and “They take cards, right?” have echoed in busi­nesses ev­ery­where, from scoop shops to Moroc­can rug mar­kets. Un­til the end of time, you’ll be forced to split R350 restau­rant checks between eight di•er­ent credit cards. And yes, they’re all travel cards. Burn, wench!

No­table res­i­dents

Joan of Arc

Fifth cir­cle Women who play-slap your shoul­der way too hard

Ugh, we get it, you’re a brassy gal who loves a good laugh. That doesn’t

No­table res­i­dents

There is no girls’ night you won’t skip, no baby shower you won’t ‘for­get’ about and no wing­man duty you won’t weasel your way out of. Ev­ery­thing you type into your phone auto cor­rects to “OMG to­tally for­got, so sorry to back out!!!” Pris­on­ers of this sorry place are doomed to wait at a wine bar alone un­til the uni­verse folds in upon it­self.

No­table res­i­dents

“Tay­lor Swift once said, ‘Katie Couric once said, “Madeleine Al­bright once said, ‘There’s a spe­cial place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”’”

give you li­cense to ruin trivia night by dis­lo­cat­ing the heck out of some­one’s shoul­der. This cir­cle of hell is full of broads like you, who can’t ac­cu­rately ex­press their laugh­ter with­out as­sault­ing some­one. You’ll spend eter­nity try­ing to push a boul­der up a moun­tain while TVS ev­ery­where play your least-favourite episode of Roseanne.

‘ Unsink­able’ Molly Brown and Gertrude Stein

Look, we all do adorable things so that guys will have sex with us. We sing beau­ti­ful songs, vol­un­teer with the el­derly and even bleach our but­t­holes. But it’s too low of a blow to start rhap­so­dis­ing about your “huge lunch”. That stu is in the past. We are at a braai right now, and it is time to dine. No woman can com­pete for D with a girl who’s painfully nib­bling the cor­ner of a water­melon wedge. You’re doomed to be in a long line for plas­tic cut­lery for all time. No­table res­i­dents Marie An­toinette and that girl Becca from camp

Ninth cir­cle

On grad­u­a­tion day with her par­ents. With Miss SA 2015 Liesl Lau­rie and chil­dren from the Thuthuzela Care Cen­tre. Teach­ing a Grade R class on Man­dela Day. At the pre­miere at The Zone @ Rose­bank. In her first ensem­ble dur­ing the Miss SA pageant.

At age two and a half, in Mamelodi, Pre­to­ria. With Miss SA 2014 Ro­lene Strauss at the Cell C CEO Awards.

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