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WE LOVE THIS SINGER – FOR HER OUTSTANDING VOICE AND FOR HER ALLURING BEAUTY. HERE SHE REMINISCES ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD, SHARES HER JOURNEY AND TELLS US WHAT’S ON HER BEAUTY SHELF
igrew up in various areas in the former Transkei. I went gradually from a village girl to a city girl. My earliest memories are of staying with my grandparents, along with many cousins. I missed the exclusive attention a child would get from a parent. I remember the first time I tasted cheese – I was too polite to spit it out in front of the nurse who had been kind enough to give it to me, but it tasted like (I imagine) smelly feet would taste. I also remember the feeling of elation as we sailed down the hills of Bambisana on makeshift cardboard sliders.I dreamt of being free; free to achieve what I could. I wanted to sing, I wanted to dance. I wanted to be loved and adored.
I don’t know if people considered me beautiful when I was growing up. I didn’t think I was beautiful – but I badly wanted to be. I thought my sister Wanda was beautiful. I think she’s the only dark-skinned girl I thought was pretty back then. Mostly it was lightskinned girls who I thought were pretty. Today, I find numerous women beautiful: Kuli Roberts, Noxolo Grootboom, Nkhensani Nkosi, Pearl Thusi, Bonang Matheba, Lupita Nyong’o and Terry Pheto are among them.
It is important to me to keep my skin healthy. It is also important to look my best, so I invest in both skin-care and make-up products. I also jog and do a bit of strength training. Currently, I’m using Dermalogica. I cleanse, and use its Daily Resurfacer, Solar Defense Booster and an intensive moisture lotion. I’m thinking of moving to more cosmeceutical products, with formulas that go below the surface of the skin. For make-up, I love anything MAC. I could be persuaded to buy more Bobbi Brown as well. For skin care, I dabble. I find that after a while you have to change brands to keep skin at its best. For my hair, I’m enjoying Saphira, Carol’s Daughter and KeraCare products. Chanel N°5 is my go-to perfume. My foolproof make-up look is a good foundation, powder, eyeliner, maroon eye shadow, blush and red lipstick.
In my bathroom you’ll find Dove soap, Carol’s Daughter Monoi Hair Conditioner, Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo, Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel and Aquafresh toothpaste.
I would never put in a weave that does not resemble the texture of my hair, because identity counts for something. Hair shouldn’t be political. It definitely isn’t a political issue for other races. It is only political with Africans because of approximately 400 years of dehumanisation that continues to make them ashamed of who they naturally are. I’m busy reading Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa. I’m a big fan of Buika and Fado. I also love jazz. Lately I’ve been revisiting my teen years with Toni Braxton, Tevin Campbell and listening to a lot of Sankomota.
One thing I would like to teach my daughter about beauty is that people who are beautiful on the inside will always look beautiful on the outside.
CHANEL N°5 EAU PREMIÈRE, 100ML, R1 875.
DERMALOGICA DAILY RESURFACER, R850.
MAC VIVA GLAM LIPSTICK IN SHADE V, R185.
DERMALOGICA SOLAR DEFENSE BOOSTER SPF 50, 50ML, R650.
BOBBI BROWN SMOKEY EYE MASCARA IN BLACK, R350.
Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa.