FREE TO BE
I’m inspired by female superheroes, especially those within the rising Nigerian animation industry and how they act on their freedom to create. Nnedi Okorafor’s central character in her series, Binti, is a Himba woman. Finally, other voices, cultures and beliefs take centre stage in the science fiction literary canon.
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I’m a big fan of designer Miuccia Prada. Her creative expression and how vocal she is about the duality of women makes her one of the most influential designers in the world. Prada bag, R44 600 ‘ What inspires you?’ This is one of the most asked questions during a new season. I speak for the Glamour team, and evidently, a few fashion brands this season, in saying, “Freedom.” The cry for it, the experience of it, the thrill of it. You need only scroll through social media alone to see how much more liberated women are today – especially in the way we express ourselves. We’re much more vocal about what we want – from our relationships to equal pay and in refusing for our style, hair and bodies to be policed. We are now, more than ever, uncompromising about what and who we choose without fear of judgement. We are driving our own narratives and shattering the glass ceiling, as is evidenced in the diverse South African women who form part of this year’s Glamour’s Most Glamourous Awards. These are women who not only embody the magical quality of glamour, but are committed to being themselves unapologetically.
On the topic of being, needing and deserving to be liberated, we profile individuals with diverse experiences and stories. From women who choose not to shave their body hair, to FAKA, a performance duo that’s making its way to global dominance.
So here’s to a fantastic new month filled with joyful, uplifting and liberating experiences from team Glamour. May this new issue be your tool for your own freedom of expression.