FREE TO BE

Glamour (South Africa) - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Asanda

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.

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