Congratulations! to actress Pearl Thusi and model Nicole Breyentenbach who have been cast in an international heist film called Blue Mauritius.
Pearl Thusi is set to play the part of Makeda, a sexy, gun toting, motorcycle riding femme fatale, who works for a German art dealer who is also out to steal the precious stamps, which collectively holds the secret to a treasure on Mauritius. The film will be produced by New York based D Street Pictures and Cape Town’s Kaapland Films (Klein Karoo, Mooirivier). Executive produced by Dexter Davis and the American actor, rapper and presenter Nick Cannon (Chi-Raq, America’s Got Talent).
Davis had this to say about the casting. “We’re thrill to have Pearl Thusi join our incredible cast of international movie stars. Ms. Thusi is in a league of her own and a force in the South African television and film industry. The producers and I agreed that no one was better suited to play Makeda, a character that was written specifically to show the strength of a beautiful, powerful and determined woman.”
The film will be shot primarily on location in Cape Town and will feature some of the hottest spots around the Mother City. Production begins in August, with additional cities such as London, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo thrown into the mix as they’re also part of the story where other Blue Mauritius stamps are housed, but the main and most important stamp is on exhibition in a highly secured museum in the city of Cape Town.
Laduma’s knitwear started in 2010 with Laduma Ngxokolo’s desire to explore knitwear design solutions that would be suitable for amakrwala (Xhosa initiates). His vision was to create a modern Xhosa-inspired knitwear collection that would be suitable for amakrwala, who are prescribed by tradition to dress up in new dignified formal clothing for six months after their manhood initiation.
Sales at MaXhosa by Laduma are about to skyrocket because the queen of everything fabulous Beyonce just gave the fashion designer behind the South African label a huge shout-out.
Late last week the Carters – Jay Z, Beyonce and Blue Ivy – paid a visit to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The museum is noted for paying homage to historical and contemporary design.
While exploring the museum’s latest signature contemporary design exhibition series, Beyonce took a snapshot of the work of Port Elizabeth-born fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo and shared it on her website as part of her popular ‘My Life’ diary post. Ngxokolo is renowned for his textile and knitwear creations as well as his menswear knit range inspired by traditional Xhosa beadwork – MaXhosa by Laduma.
Laduma Ngxokolo is one of Africa’s finest knitwear designer and innovator of the Xhosa (one of theSouth African dominant ethnic group) inspired knitwear brand MAXHOSA BY LADUMA.
Ngxokolo established the brand 2011 with a desire to explore knitwear design solutions that would be suitable for the amakrwala (Xhosa initiates) traditional dress. As a person who has undergone the ritual, he felt that he needed to develop a premium knitwear range that celebrates traditional Xhosa beadwork easthetics, using South African mohair and wool.
Since then, Ngxokolo has received numerous achievements and captures the hearts of many fashion lovers and media from South Africa, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin and New York. Ngxokolo recently won the 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize to showcase his collections at the Palazzo Morando Show in Milan, Italy. Furthermore, Ngxokolo was awarded the 2014 WeTransfer Scholarship to study masters in Material Futures at the Central St. Martins until 2016.
How did you get into the industry? I was 18 when I was scouted by an agent from IMG Paris (in Cape Town) and that’s when I started to take it seriously. Before that I always liked the idea but was still focused on finishing school. What were some of the highlights of your modelling career? My career was a journey, with many stops along the way. It is hard to single out one specific stop, since it is the journey that gave me the greatest gift. But if I have to choose one specific thing, I would have to say that it is the fact that you are your own boss! Secondly is the fact that I got to see the world! I absolutely love travelling. I must also add that it was really good monetary wise! What was life like in the fast lane married to an extremely wealthy man? Life was back then as life is today. It’s always had its ups and downs. The only difference is that the ups and downs might be higher and lower when exposed to anything in extreme. Like the old
Gina Athans: Beauty isn’t Everything
Joburg born Gina Athans is of Greek origin. Spotted by the same representatives of Giselle Bundchen at the time, Gina was urged to go to Paris to pursue her modelling career She became a top model, appeared in a movie alongside Daniel Craig, has been voted by FHM as one of the world’s sexiest woman and was married to a Jordanian billionaire. We met up with her to find out what life was like in the fast lane and her tips for success.
The Bay Magazine is a Business-to-Consumer independent and locally owned publication which was initiated in 2006 after recognizing a gap in the market for an upmarket, glossy community based magazine. It is dedicated to highlighting and improving business connections and relationships, people and lifestyle. It’s about creativity business and the synergy between them.
Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has been crowned as Miss South Africa 2016
Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, a 23-year-old education honours student from Mpumalanga, said she was determined to make a difference during her reign.
She said, “As a little girl growing up in the township – modelling around the house and practicing my speech in front of the mirror – I had always hoped, prayed and believed that one day my name would be called as the new Miss South Africa.”
The 2016 Miss South Africa pagaent took place at Carnival City on the East Rand tonight.
The event saw 12 finalists from across the country compete for the crown along with R2 million worth of prizes.
Tayla Skye was named as second princess and Elizabeth Molapo as the first princess.
Miss South Africa judge Basetsana Kumalo is undergoing surgery after breaking her ankle at her son’s school .
Basetsana Kumalo was attending her son’s school concert when she slipped in the rain.
Miss South Africa is scheduled to take place on Saturday at Carnival City but organisers have made the decision not to replace Kumalo on the judging panel at this late stage and her scores to date still stand.
“We wish Basetsana a speedy recovery and thank her for her invaluable input as both a former Miss South Africa herself and a respected businesswomen. She has already made an enormous contribution to this year’s pageant and we feel that she is irreplaceable at this late stage. We will miss her on the evening,” said Sun International PR Manager Claudia Henkel
The remaining judges are Kojo Baffoe, Sophie Ndaba, Casper Bosman and Pnina Fenster
The Business of Fashion is more than a slogan at SA Fashion Week
SA Fashion Week facilitates the development of commercially viable local designer brands by providing a large range of strategic marketing services and platforms as well as learning forums, that designers may utilize throughout the year to optimize their revenue generation.
Motivated by the Business of Fashion, SA Fashion Week’s business model is based on offering designers a comprehensive suite of marketing services to support them at various stages of their brand cycle. These services range from a variety of draw card events such as its flagship seasonal SAFW Collections designer runway shows and installations, competitions, preview events and sponsorship management to ongoing on and off-line communication including developing robust social media communities.
A high-profile, bi-annual showcase of runway shows, installations, launches and celebrity-studded social events to launch the seasonal collections of participating designers to the media, the retail trade, customers and VIP guests. Sourced: safashionweek
In a statement released today, the new Mrs World said, “What an honor to be able to bring the Mrs World crown home to South Africa. It has always been a dream of mine to win Mrs South Africa and to represent my country on the international stage; to be bringing home the title is just the cherry on top of my achievements over the last year.”
Mrs SA went up against 45 other married women from different countries and ended up on the top two with Mrs Poland just before she scooped the crown.
Bonang is the ambassador for top international cosmetics brand, Revlon; the presenter of Lifestyle shows, Top Billing and Afternoon Express on SABC 3 and a radio talk show host.
“At only 28 years old it seems ‘Your girl B’ has done it all.”
Along with numerous awards and accolades under her belt, it has not only been roses and champagne for IT girl Bonang Matheba. She has had a hectic 2 years of relationship dramas and scandals. She has been fired then re hired from the SABC. She has been publicly dumped by her Naija lover and musician D’banj; she’s been labeled all sorts of things by fans and foes after she allegedly wrecked the home of Dj Zinhle and Keenan Forbes and she still tried keep her composure when evidence was brought up after she disappeared into the Mozambican sunset with the rapper.
Dawn Matthews has done Shakira for 10 years at etv’s Scandal, and now she is bowing out! Not only is she leaving the soapie, she is also leaving South Africa, reports Drum magazine.
Dawn, who is married to American Charlie Sapadin have decided to leave SA for America, which is her husband is from.
Well, at least Dawn will still be part of Scandal . . . kind of.
“Her character, Shakira will always be a part of the Scandal! family. Also, Dawn will be documenting her happenings on her Instagram account,” said Michael Pocock from etv.
We have to say, Shakira caused a lot of trouble for a lot of people at Scandal . . . her deviousness made her one of the soapie’s favorite villain. She will be greatly missed!
A Little background on Dawn Matthews, She is a South African born actress best known for her role as Shakira on e.tv’s drama series Scandal! from 2007-2015. Born in the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, she studied drama at Stellenbosch University and appeared in numerous television and film productions in South Africa, including Racing Stripes, Red Dust, and Snake Island. She was one of the featured celebrities on the first season of the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? in 2009.