Jes­sica Nkosi talks fash­ion, icons and women em­pow­er­ment

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For a small town girl from KZN, Jes­sica Nkosi has made a big name for her­self across SA: she’s had lead roles in Mzanzi Magic’s hit dra­mas isi­baya and Ay­eye, ex­tended her tal­ents to pre­sent­ing Our Per­fect Wed­ding and host­ing high pro­file events, and ap­pears in global beauty cam­paigns for Clin­ique.

We couldn’t re­sist the chance to find out her style and life rules.

Who are your style icons? Jen­nifer Lopez We have the same body type, and she is un­pre­dictable but al­ways lady­like and classy, even when she shows a lot of skin. Victoria Beck­ham I love her bold­ness, and how she found her iden­tity through clothes and de­sign­ing. Ke­filwe Mabote She’s just su­per stylish and chic.

Who are your favourite fash­ion de­sign­ers? Tuelo Nguyuza, of TN Col­lec­tiv, is al­ways fun to be around. He al­ways ac­com­mo­dates my crazy fash­ion ideas. But it’s his pas­sion for fash­ion that I adore most. Nh­lanhla Nciza and her team at NN Vin­tage go the ex­tra mile, pay at­ten­tion to de­tail, and are in­cred­i­bly rel­e­vant and pro­fes­sional. Zarth De­signs speaks to my fem­i­nine side with el­e­gant cre­ations. And the owner and head de­signer, Zama Mathe, and her team trans­form me into Princess Jes­sica, which is al­ways fun.

What’s one fash­ion tip every stylish woman should know? Go with what makes you com­fort­able, as it’s all about con­fi­dence.

What are your favourite items in your closet? A white floor-length skirt, light­wash jeans and all my shoes!

What’s your big­gest style fail? I’d love to be­lieve I haven’t had one. I loved what­ever it was when I wore it.

The most frus­trat­ing part about red-car­pet out­fits? I hate when some­thing doesn’t fit over my chest. It means I’ll have to fid­dle with the dress all night just to keep ev­ery­thing in place – very an­noy­ing!

Which fash­ion trend should go away for­ever? Those tiny, lit­tle shades every­one is wear­ing on the red car­pet. Even Bey­oncé can throw hers away!

Which fash­ion trend should stay for­ever? High-waist ev­ery­thing! Noth­ing beats a woman with a cinched waist.

What’s your take on the stance women are tak­ing in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try? It’s about time we stood up for our­selves and made our voices heard. Women are widely over­looked in the en­ter­tain­ment world, but now, with move­ments like #Metoo, we’re en­cour­aged to be bold and fight for what we know we de­serve.

Then comes the im­por­tant is­sue of equal pay. Women have a lot to of­fer and should be paid ac­cord­ingly, and not have to com­pro­mise morals and val­ues in or­der to get work.

And your thoughts on the body-pos­i­tiv­ity move­ment? Peo­ple of­ten share their neg­a­tive opin­ions about my weight gain or My five most mem­o­rable fash­ion mo­ments weight loss on so­cial me­dia and, as a re­sult, there have been many times when I’ve felt re­ally in­se­cure about my­self. But I’ve had to de­velop a pos­i­tive mind­set, one that al­lows for me to block out the bad, so I can be happy about the body I’m in. Peo­ple will al­ways have neg­a­tive things to say, but I know that it has ab­so­lutely noth­ing to do with me and more to do with their own in­se­cu­ri­ties.

And I love how the fash­ion in­dus­try is open­ing doors and em­brac­ing every type of woman – it took long enough! Mostly, I love how women are now stand­ing up for them­selves in the fash­ion and beauty world. We are a force to be reck­oned with, and we are beau­ti­ful in every type, shape and form.

1 This NN Vin­tage num­ber for the 2016 YOU Spec­tac­u­lar Awards was very spe­cial. It was the year when I was given an award for ‘Favourite Ac­tress’ – and the two­piece look, with a skirt that shone like di­a­monds, was per­fect for the evening. 2 This TN...

The 2017 Sun Met was the rst time I wore a de­sign by Jac­ques Lagrange. I love how it at­ters the fe­male form. 3

The 3D ower em­bel­lish­ments and de­sign of this Cin­nel dress for the 2017 Dur­ban July made me feel like a Queen. Even bet­ter, it was the most com­fort­able dress I’ve ever worn! 5

4 I wore a House of Fabrosanz suit for the 2017 launch of Tropika Is­land of Trea­sure: Sey­chelles. It was some­thing new for me, as I hardly ever wear shorts.

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