Celeste Voges meets David Tlale


David Tlale & Celeste Voges modelCeleste Voges is an upcoming model from Durban living in Johannesburg. This photo popped up on her Twitter feed in November 2012. David Tlale who shares a birthday with my ex-girlfriend on 29 January was hired to designed accessories for Legit, a retail outlet under the Edcon Group. Something that’s not clear is whether she modelled on the ramp for any of Tlale’s fashion shows. She certainly has the height for it at 1.75m tall.

Even though it’s “old news” in the fashion industry, it came back to me recently when I saw the poster in a store in Uitenhage of all places. I met Celeste about a year ago at Nino’s Rosebank. She was interested in working as a part-time photographer for this blog. We never got around to formalising the agreement and remained in touch.

You must have a look at her portfolio on the Ice Models website. Celeste Voges calls herself a photographer, model, poet, romantic, purist, alien on her Twitter bio. She lives up to this by posting sometimes cryptic and never boring updates. I often wonder whether they come from her own creative imagination or whether she samples from the greats in history like Lord Byron, Alfred Lord Tennyson or perhaps Alexander Pope.


Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model


Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16-years-old. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.) This is an important video for many reasons because she’s ultimately talking about self esteem. As a TED Fellow I’m very passionate about the variety of people they have featured on their stage. Please take a moment to look at more of the over 1,000 free TED Talks on their website.


Bonang Matheba makes Forbes list


Bonang Matheba Forbes 2012 ListPopular radio and television personality Bonang Matheba is excited at having made it into the list of Forbes Magazine’s 13 most influential artists in Africa and has promised to work harder to make her star shine brighter.
Of the 13, DJ Sbu, Trevor Noah and Matheba are the only South Africans who made the list. Other celebrities to make the list are Serge Ibaka, a Congolese basketball player who plays in the American National Basketball Association, Julius Onah, a Nigerian filmmaker, and Ajak Deng, a model from Sudan.

“I’m so honoured to have made the Forbes list. It was amazing,” Matheba said. “I never thought I’d ever make it to a Forbes list and being the only South African female to have made the list and to be among greats like Trevor Noah and DJ Sbu is an honour.

“Making the list contributes to a great start to the new year. Who knows what else is in store for the rest of the year?”

Matheba said she thought her work ethic and consistency had helped her earn a coveted spot on the list.

“There is also the fact that I am able to bounce back from hardships and tend to kick butt, so no one can tell me anything about attitude,” she said.

Noah made waves in the Unites States last year when he made appearances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the first South African comedian to do so.

DJ Sbu, real name Sibusiso Leope, has helped launch the music careers of artists such as Zahara and the late Brown Dash through the TS Records label.

Source: Nomaswazi Nkosi / Sowetan via I-Net Bridge


My World: Being me-genuine


Zwelakhe Shangase, life style reporterby Zwelakhe Shangase

It feels so good to be back in this space after a few weeks of silence and I have to say that I have missed the Joburg social scene.

Last weekend was by far the busiest for me and I found myself wishing I could just hide away in a dark place and let it all pass.

The one event that got me excited was South African Fashion Week (SAFW) with the autumn/winter collections for 2013. As usual, fashionistas and wannabes come out to play with their fake smiles and air kisses aplenty, not leaving out the gossip and the plotting behind people’s backs.

I still believe that I am not qualified enough to stand on a pedestal and rubbish or praise someone’s range, although my work requires me to. But it always amazes me when you come across a random person who shouts halfway across the room with a pseudo accent praising everyone, but afterwards gossips in small circles.

Anyway, SAFW was worth it this time around, the collections that I saw – which came out yesterday in Woza Life – were absolutely on point. Although I had an issue with Brenda Madumise of the Lyric Clothing range who said that she was inspired by the fashion sense of the late icon Miriam Makeba. I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to chat to her, but I really tried to visualise the fallen icon in the range and I didn’t see it.

Kudos has to go to my fellow Durbanite Andre Martin and his über-cool autumn/winter Life range that sent many crazy. Maybe “crazy” is a slight exaggeration but the dude was under pressure to perform, to stamp his authority and signify his official return to the game after years of silence.

I remember during my varsity days where I’d go to the Musgrave Centre where he had a store and I’d wish for a shirt, top or a pair of jeans from Life. I honestly think that the burgeoning fashion industry in Durban can learn a lot from Martin.

The Jameson opening party was also something to talk about this year even though I didn’t really like the venue. It’s amazing how the organisers manage to pull together almost all South African celebrities under one roof and the groupies get a chance to do what they do best.

The venue in Marlboro was filled with a lot of air kisses, fake smiles and a whole lot of Irish whiskey being gulped down.

Personalities like Bonang Matheba, Nicole Flint, Shashi Naidoo, Kgomotso Christopher, Ty Keogh and even Francois Hougaard were jamming the night away. Other familiar faces included Dineo Moeketsi, Lalla Hiramaya, Babalwa Mneno, Marissa Drummond, Donald Moatshe and others who are always at these events.

Moving to rather unsavoury moments on Wednesday, I spent half of my day at Avastar nightclub because of improper planning.

We were told to be there because American rapper, Eve, 33, was doing media interviews but when we got there, she was leaving. I kept my cool but I didn’t appreciate the run around that we were given.

Anyway, I am going to take out all my frustrations tonight on the dance floor at Avastar when she performs before heading to Durban for her concert. We’ll be painting the town pink but if you’re not going to be at the pride, then catch The New Age on Monday for all the details, otherwise follow me on Twitter @zwelakhes

source: The New Age Online


Candice Swanepoel unfazed by banned advert


Candice Swanepoel banned New York advert SUPERMODEL Candice Swanepoel yesterday called her latest ultra-hot shoe advertisement – which got banned in New York – “just another day in the office”.

Both the television and print advertisements from the model – who originally comes from Durban, but now living in The Big Apple – got banned for being “too sexy”.

Forget Lady Gaga’s Fame Fragrance campaign (which sees the pop star fully nude with itsy-bitsy men running all over to cover her private parts) – Swanepoel’s blue-lit advert resembles a sex party.

South African supermodel Candice Swanepoel banned New York adWith luminous red lipstick, her hair pulled back and in nothing but black knee-high strap boots, Swanepoel walks into a dark room, sits down and watches people engaging in sex on multi TV screens, before she engages in a fully naked orgy of her own.

If the suggestive music does not raise temperatures, the sight of Swanepoel writhing around in a bed and then on a couch with chiselled men will.

The New York Post reported that aside from the huge banner of the advert, which is also in September magazines, being banned by the Madison Avenue building, even the PG version of the advert was considered to be too smutty for the backseat of a New York taxi as it was “rejected” by “city taxi rear-seat TVs”.

In March street wear brand Zoo York’s advert featuring 20-year-old US model Kate Upton was banned by MTV and Adult Swim Network because of an “erect nipple” and some uses of profane language

source: PE Herald / The Times and photos: 2OceansVibe


Facebook Rapist and the Black Pearl Thusi


Black Pearl Thusi Facebook rapistHer encounter with the Facebook rapist seems to be haunting Real Goboza host Pearl Thusi. After Pearl was apprehended by the police on the red carpet during an SABC1 event for questioning relating to the Facebook rapist, she allegedly promised to show police the house that convicted Facebook rapist Thabo Bester took her to in Carletonville.

A source says instead of arriving to take them to the house, Pearl apparently pitched at Hillbrow police station with a lawyer. “Pearl’s been giving authorities the run-around. This is too suspicious. What is it that she’s hiding?” asks the source.

The police are also apparently looking for a weapon used by the Facebook rapist that is apparently in Pearl’s possession, according to our source.

Ironically, in an interview with a weekly magazine Pearl indicated that she did not return the knife that Thabo Bester threatened her with. When called for comment her phone rang endlessly. We then sent her an SMS to query the allegation but she had not responded by the time of going to print.

source: Drum magazine, 26 July 2012

How smooth was this Thabo Bester character to seduce multiple women over Facebook? I wonder how much flattery he used on them or whether he had some other special skills of seduction. On the other hand you can just imagine what makes a supposed celebrity model like Pearl Thusi fall for a Facebook character like this. Surely she has enough men chasing her to fall for the previously unknown Facebook rapist.


Carmel Fisher debuts in Snare


My friend Carmel Fisher was in Durban recently for her the debut of her first leading role in a feature film, Snare. Here’s what she wrote to me recently,

“Finally, my film has a release date… I play the role of ZARA, the female lead in the highly anticipated rhino-poaching feature film, SNARE, supported by LEADSA’s ‘RAGE’ (Rhino Action Group Effort). We’ve been nominated in the Durban International Film Festival (with a special screening on 25 July) & will be releasing on National Rhino Day, 22 September 2012.”

Please assist her in spreading the word & encouraging support of NOT ONLY the film BUT the rhino debacle in general.

Carmel Fisher is a South African actress, dancer, model and television presenter best known for her role as promiscuous student Roxanne Campbell in the e.tv soapie Backstage, from 2005-2007. In 2009 she played Carmel on the soapie Rhythm City. Carmel is one of three singers in the show’s new all-girl group Sizzle.

She was a celebrity contestant on the M-Net reality competition Survivor South Africa: Maldives, in 2011. Carmel was born in Johannesburg to Desiree, a bank area-manager; and Rodney Fisher, a tradesman in the engineering field. She has an older brother, Sylvester Fisher.

She trained as a ballet dancer from age five following the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) method and completed her training up to the Elementary Grade with Spanish Dance and Modern Contemporary part of the syllabus.

Carmel attended the National School of Arts with Dance as a major and also partook in many of the school productions focussing on both dance and drama, including Dance Umbrella, Annie and Fiddler on the Roof.

However, due to a knee injury she was compelled to take a year off from dancing to recover and this lead to her changing schools.

She joined Sir John Adamson Secondary School and participated in the anti-apartheid drama piece, Makhavane, which competed against many other schools in the annual RAPPS Drama Competition, including the National School of Arts, and won in 1998.

Carmel went to RAU (now called University of Johannesburg) and completed a degree in Corporate Communication while simultaneously featuring in television commercials and theatre productions.

In 2004 she was the female winner of a competition called Backstage Superstar, which landed her a year-long role to play Roxanne Campbell in the e.tv soapie.

She had to portray a feisty, promiscuous student, and her storyline developed to her dealing with the fact that she was molested as a child and later dabbling in the destructive addiction of cocaine that nearly cost the character her life.

The producers of Backstage renewed her annual contract for three successive years, despite the fact that she only won a year-long initial contract.

Carmel also played the role of a young mother in the SABC1 youth drama series Soul Buddyz, in which her daughter died in a car accident. She had a cameo role in a film directed by Michael Raeburn called Triomf, and also starred in the kykNET drama series Kruispad, in 2008.

Carmel also models part time and has worked as a VJ for Channel O’s O-Boma, a music-video show, and presented PSL TV on Supersport. She also does various MC gigs.

source: http://www.tvsa.co.za/actorprofile.asp?actorid=4164


Bonang & DJ Euphonik Bust Up


In interviews City Press held with friends and close acquaintances of the YFM DJ and her 5FM-jock former boyfriend, it emerged the two had been having problems for some time.

One source said Matheba was “in tears” at a party a few months ago, proclaiming “DJs make rubbish boyfriends” and telling other female guests to “never date a DJ”.

According to another friend: “In December, Bonang said she had broken up with Themba because she used to come home from her trips abroad to find doeks and strands of weaves in her bed. She said she would never date a DJ again because they will ‘show you flames’ and disrespect you.”

 The two are now involved in court cases at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court.

 In early June, Matheba, 25, was allegedly beaten up by Nkosi, 28. He is reportedly facing three charges – assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, domestic violence and malicious damage to property.

Broke a window


According to reports quoting court papers, Matheba infuriated Nkosi when she went to his house in Westdene, Johannesburg, to collect her things and left without closing the gate.

He followed her to her Hyde Park complex, where he broke a window to gain access.

Heat magazine reported that Nkosi pulled Matheba’s weave, hit her with his cellphone and wrestled her to the ground. She was saved by neighbours who heard her screams and took her to hospital.


Nkosi handed himself over at the Bramley Police Station and is out on R3 000 bail.

Matheba has taken out a protection order against him.

In DRUM magazine, Matheba’s lawyer Bongani Khoza is said to have provide


d evidence that Nkosi wanted to “destroy” the presenter and FHM model.

“You and your family have made this a war and if and when it taints my brand I’m



 not going to stop until the truth comes out so maybe hire a hitman to take me out because it’s going to get real,” read an SMS Nkosi allegedly sent to Matheba.

Since the allegations came out in early June, Nkosi has seen his reputation take a knock, especially on Twitter.




Those in entertainment circles claim she cheated on Slikour with Euphonik, then cheated on Euphonik with one of her former Live colleagues as well as a Kaizer Chiefs player.

Source – City Press