The Quickie

With 23-year-old award-win­ning singer and song­writer Shekhi­nah

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My cur­rent #MCM: John Leg­end. He’s an amaz­ing mu­si­cian, hus­band and fa­ther. I opened for him dur­ing his South African tour and it was a beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. And my #WCW is: Right now, K Naomi. She shares a lot of in­spi­ra­tional con­tent on so­cial me­dia – es­pe­cially about self-love – and I re­ally love that about her. My happy place: My couch, at home in Jo­han­nes­burg. My life mantra: ‘Life is what you make of it.’ Fave In­sta ac­count: @the­shade­room – I don’t con­done it, but I’m ob­sessed with gos­sip. My guilty plea­sure: Fried chicken! My style in three words: Grunge, boho, lazy. The item of cloth­ing I can’t live with­out: Black stock­ings. I wear them with ev­ery­thing.

My go-to makeup look: High­lighted brows and stand­out lashes. Fave drinks spot: Hud­sons in Parkhurst. It’s where we al­ways go to de­brief af­ter a show, or to have a bit of fun if we’ve been work­ing hard. What I’m most look­ing for­ward to in spring/sum­mer: I’ve been work­ing hard at the gym, so I’m ex­cited to ex­per­i­ment more with sea­sonal fash­ion. My favourite type of train­ing: Car­dio. I ‹ind weight train­ing re­ally, re­ally hor­ri­ble. I es­pe­cially en­joy car­dio out­side of the gym, so my trainer and I will usu­ally take a power walk out­side. She makes me walk and talk, which helps to syn­chro­nise my breath­ing and voice. It re­ally helps with my work. The best ad­vice

I’ve ever got: ‘You can’t change some­one, you can only change your­self.’ The artist I ad­mire: SZA. She’s moulded her craft and grown as an artist. Per­form­ing feels like: Real life. It’s all I want to do – it al­lows me to ex­press my­self.

What I look for in a part­ner: Hu­mil­ity and at­trac­tion. They must also be funny and be able to crack a joke.

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