Glamour (South Africa) - - Editor’s Letter -

I was born in Alice, and grew up be­tween Bhisho and King Wil­liam’s Town. Black Twit­ter might call us East­ern Cape kids “Sham­rock Twit­ter”, but I’m very proud of my roots – and our local pas­try favourite. My mother, who sin­gle­hand­edly raised me and my sib­lings through chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances, en­cour­aged hard work, in­di­vid­u­al­ity, free ex­pres­sion and ac­tivism. From her, I learnt the im­por­tance of cham­pi­oning women, new voices and unit­ing peo­ple who come from di­verse back­grounds. When I be­gan my jour­ney into the cre­ative in­dus­try, I vowed to use my plat­form to open doors of op­por­tu­nity for oth­ers. And now, I am at the helm of this pow­er­ful global brand called Glam­our.

I’m proud to in­tro­duce two women who are new to our pages. Thando Hopa, who is in­spir­ing for her fierce ac­tivism, renowned for her mes­mer­iz­ing beauty and re­spected for the con­tent of her char­ac­ter. We cel­e­brate the role of local hip hop – which has al­ways been a mir­ror of mod­ern cul­ture, and we ac­knowl­edge its in­flu­ence in fash­ion. Na­dia Nakai is a head­liner, mak­ing her mark in a male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try.

On the cover, we’re pic­tured wear­ing de­signs by an­other ris­ing tal­ent, Shana Mor­land. The sparkly se­quined stars which are stitched into the fab­ric of our gar­ments, mim­ics the star power of the women I am hon­oured to present. We all come from di­verse back­grounds, yet share not only the same lip­stick shade and choice of de­signer, but the com­mon fac­tor of be­ing women who stand for sis­ters cel­e­brat­ing sis­ters.

We have re­freshed our pages by do­ing away with the tra­di­tional flow of a mag­a­zine. Our mag­a­zine is now com­piled into four sec­tions: #Look, #Feel, #Live and #Think. We invite you to ex­plore the con­tent of these pages, and join in the con­ver­sa­tion of a #BRANDNEWGLAMOUR on our so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

I hope the cast of women in our new chap­ter will sur­prise you. I hope our sto­ries and vi­su­als will en­tice you. As you turn each page, my hope is that you will feel the joy our team felt putting this is­sue to­gether, and be anx­ious to see what’s next.

Wel­come to the new age.

A punchy, spring-ready skirt; H&M Stu­dio R1 199. Dreamy arm candy; Her­mès Price on re­quest. A mod­ern, neo­prene boot; Prada R15 950. A new cit­rusy scent; Le Eaux Chanel Paris Deauville 125ml R2 070. A metic­u­lously-crafted in­vest­ment piece; Gucci R50 800.

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