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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

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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