“It’s cool that people have different takes on how they present themselves. My mom always taught me that diversity is beautiful. I’ve always been a fan of the natural, fresh look; that looking-like-yourself look, so the most I put on on a daily basis is lip gloss and mascara. For nights out, I’ll put on make-up, but it’s very simple, natural make-up: some base, some mascara and very light eyeshadow. If it’s a work event I’ll get a make-up artist. I’m still learning how to put on make-up. I’m so not there. I was 13 years old when I decided to have natural hair. At that stage, it was not popular. I was embracing being black in my own way. Until then I had struggled with complexities about my complexion, my features and my hair texture. At that time it wasn’t what you were seeing in mainstream media. I had to do the inner work – I had to find it within myself to accept my natural kind of beauty. It then became a philosophical way of embracing myself. My skincare regime is very important to me. So I put on natural products, like aloe and home-made masks (honey with turmeric). And definitely sunscreen every day. The glowing skin is a lifestyle thing, I think: I drink lots of water, have green smoothies and I exercise three times a week.” - Langa Mngoma, 27, doctor and model
I had to do the inner work – I had to find it within myself to accept my natural kind of beauty.