Pearl Thusi Lands International Film Role

Congratulations! to actress Pearl Thusi and model Nicole Breyentenbach who have been cast in an international heist film called Blue Mauritius.

Pearl Thusi

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.

source : Glamour , lamazingmedia


Kelly and Gabriella Davids launches MilQ and Honey

Kelly & Gabriella Davids SistersMeet Kelly and Gabrielle Davids, the ‘Kardashian sisters’ of Cape Town.  They’re often described as the “Kardashian sisters” of Cape Town, but Kelly and Gabriella are proudly Davids.

The stunning siblings are the brains behind new fashion label MilQ and Honey, which turned heads at Wednesday’s opening ceremony of Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week.

Compliments streamed in after their Morocco-inspired catwalk show, which featured colourful, wispy creations with animal print and oversized hats.

The president’s wife, Bongi Ngema-Zuma, was in attendance and voiced her approval too.

“Yes, the First Lady joked and said we must please start making clothing in her size too,” said ­Kelly.

Other fans on the night included Western Cape premier Helen Zille; businessman Patrice Motsepe and his wife, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, who is the chairperson of African Fashion International, the company behind fashion week.

“Patrice came up to us afterwards to congratulate us, and Helen Zille kissed me,” added Gabriella.

Kelly (25) and Gabriella (27) attended Rustenburg High School for Girls in Cape Town’s leafy southern suburbs.

After some modelling and travel stints, they launched MilQ and Honey at the trendy nightclub 169 on Long – which belongs to their father, Gerald – in February 2012.

They share a flat in Mouille Point, and keep fit by going for daily strolls along the Sea Point promenade.

On Wednesday afternoon, the ballroom at the Cape Town International Convention Centre was a hive of activity before the opening ceremony.

Eighteen make-up artists prepared their brushes in the wings, while long-legged models practised their turns.

Gerald was there to support his daughters. “I am so very proud,” he said.

Their mother, Tammy, died from colon cancer three years ago. The Fashion Week show was a tribute to her.

“Her death, in a way, was very beautiful. She told us that she was ready for the next part of her ­journey,” said Kelly.

“We all stood around her bed when she passed away. She died with a smile,” ­added Gabriella.

During an interview after their show, the girls completed each other’s sentences. They greeted strangers with hugs, laughed a lot and said “d-low” instead of “down low”.

Kelly wore feathers plaited into her long dark tresses and crystals around her neck, while Gabriella looked crisp in a white shirt and smart, dark David Tlale jacket.

Dominique Marszalek of The Little Hattery provided the headgear for their collection: “They’re just always fun,” he said. “And their brand is feminine and sassy.”

Do they get the Kardashian ­reference often? “Yes,” said Kelly, laughing.

“But we’re proudly ­Davids, really.”

The MilQ and Honey brand consists of a fashion line run by Kelly and a luxurious spa run from their father’s Rondebosch home by Gabriella.

It is evident that they feed off each other’s energy and that decisions are shared. Key to it all is the notion of “the goddess”.

“We want to treat women with love and respect. We want women who wear our clothes to feel beautiful. We want everyone who leaves our spa to feel like a goddess,” said Gabriella.

These values were instilled in them by their mother, the girls concur, and healthy living became paramount after she died.

Their signature spa treatment is a manicure where hands are dipped in milk and rubbed in honey, with coarse sugar used as an exfoliater – for R220.

They serve healthy snacks like organic fruit platters, vegan pizzas and soups on the side.

Another ­formidable woman spotted at Fashion Week was DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, seen snapping pictures in the front row at the showing of the Habits summer ­collection by Jenny le Roux.

Mazibuko opted for a black dress and her signature bright red lips.

source: City Press


Oluchi talks "Africa’s Next Top Model"

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Nigerian International Model Oluchi Orlandi. Nigerian supermodel Oluchi Orlandi was in South Africa to launch Africa’s version of Tyra Banks’ Next Top Model TV show. She spoke to Munya Vomo.

‘When I went to America after winning the first M-Net Face of Africa, I struggled,” said Nigerian international model, Oluchi Orlandi, as she tried to hold back her tears.

“I want to dedicate the next five to 10 years of my life to giving back to my African community and bringing Africa’s Next Top Model here is the place to start. I may look 22, but I am not, so I can’t keep doing this; someone has to take over from where I have left off,” Orlandi said.

Africa’s Next Top Model will seek out beauties across the continent and have them converge in Cape Town to compete for the job.

“We are trying to have a show that will celebrate the beauty of the diversity of Africa. I have people in New York who said I would never find beautiful women here and that bugs me. I want to change that perception,” she said.

With South African Tourism on board, it makes sense for the show to be shot in this country. Orlandi also said she had a personal reason for honouring this country with the hosting rights.

“The show will showcase the beauty of Africa, and South Africa in particular, but personally I am doing this to pay homage to the southern African region. My career started out around here so I would like to begin a young girl’s dream around here,” the model explained.

Oluchi Elle Magazine Africa's Next Top ModelOrlandi will be the show’s host and executive producer. She confessed that it took a while to put the show together and there is still a lot more work to be done.

“It is no easy feat to be in my shoes. Being the executive producer means being the one to call CBS in Los Angeles and ask for the rights of such a show. It also means meeting South African Tourism and showing them what a show like this will do for the country and the continent’s image in terms of tourism and fashion. It also means convincing M-Net and Multichoice on who Africa needs in a show like this. There are a lot of pieces that need to add up before you even get to announce it,” she shared.

In Sandton, Joburg, to await the local auditions, Orlandi had just jetted in from Mozambique where she had conducted their auditions.

“The turnout was great and we may or may not have found girls we are looking for there. We are optimistic South Africa will show more promise,” she said.

Eight countries will take part in the auditions – Tanzania, Ghana, Mozambique, Angola, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and South Africa. However, all African women are urged to audition and those whose countries are not holding auditions can visit a neighbouring nation to do so.

“It is open to anyone with an African passport because they will need to travel to Cape Town where most of the show will be shot,” explained Orlandi.

The definition of African beauty is a subject that always sparks debate. What is perceived beautiful to the Western eye is not necessarily what Africans agree with. So with this show coming to the continent it was also important to find out what kind of woman Africa’s Next Top Model is looking for.

“There is a specific height and weight we are looking for. Our girls should be about 1.7m. We even have a quota for plus-size girls, as long as we agree that they can get work after the show,” she said.

“The thing is, I don’t know what to expect, because Africa is vast so we have diverse cultures and there will be many surprises for us. Look at Big Brother Africa, the show keeps thriving mainly because Africans celebrate their differences and we’re hoping our show will do the same.”

There are loose ends in the development of the show, however, such as the winner’s prize and the members on the judging panel.

“The winner will come back to New York with us, but there are things we need to tie up with regards to what their contract will entail. Also, we are looking for the right judges for our show. They have to be people with a sound understanding of the continent, its cultures, fashion and what would work at an international level,” she said.

While there are several TV channels in Africa which will air the show, Orlandi also pointed out that there are some international markets that have expressed an interest in the programme.

“I recently learnt from the marketing guys at CBS International that they had received a call from Australia where some channel in Sydney wanted a piece of the cake. This helps us, especially when we consider that this is a rare moment when we get to tell our own story. We don’t have a lot of that,” she said.

Africa’s Next Top Model will air from October on these channels: Vuzu (domestic and Africa), Mzansi Magic (domestic and Africa), AfricaMagic Entertainment (domestic and Africa), AfricaMagic Family (domestic and Africa), AfricaMagic World (Africa), as well as terrestrial rebroadcasts.

source: IOL Tonight


FHM 100 Sexiest Women Launch Party

FHM South Africa recently held the launch for their prestigious ‘1oo Sexiest Women of 2012’ list at Trinity Club in Cape Town. The favourite to succeed Shashi Naidoo was Genevieve Morton, who walked away with the prize having faced stiff competition from gorgeous ladies such as Riana Roberts and Roxy Louw.


Talking with Tatum Keshwar in Cape Town

Article By: Thamar Houliston

Fri, 06 Feb 2009 08:19

Tatum Keshwar, Miss South Africa 2009 Durban modelTatum Keshwar — the newly-crowned Miss South Africa — is a strong, dynamic and beautiful young woman, who only two months into her reign, has already established herself as an inspiration. Speaking to Tatum I realised that she certainly recognises her role as the new Miss South Africa, but also knows what’s most important — her close friends and family.

Hailing from Durban, the 25-year-old model is passionate about all things local, which is why she’s coming to Cape Town this weekend (7-8 February) for the Cape Town Tens tournament, taking place at Hamilton Rugby Club. Talking about being ‘rooted’, she says that her role-models all rank as strong South African businesswomen who have established themselves in South Africa. Although there’s a long list of local women who inspire her, Tatum says the two she would say who are at the top of her list are Basetsana Khumalo (who she got to spend a little time with at this last weekend’s J&B Met) and Jo-Ann Strauss.

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Shashi Naidoo on the Von Vodcast

Sex Shashi Naidoo indian South African model from Port ElizabethI was playing pool at Stones in Long Street last week Saturday evening with my friend G, a graphic designer. He was showing me around the infamous Long Street with its endless string of clubs and restaurants. There was a great vibe this Stones unlike the last time in Johannesburg. Anyway here’s a her Miller campaign from about a year or two ago.

Anyway recently she was interviewed on the Von Vodcast….

She has graced our tv screens as a presenter on the 20something show. She has acted in popular local sitcom Egoli and made the FHM sexiest in the world list. Now Shashi talks to Jason von Berg about her modeling agency, drama and what it takes to make it in her industry.


Julio Iglesias meets Zaida Ahmed in Cape Town

Julio Iglesias and Zaida AhmedEvergreen singing legend Julio Iglesias was in South Africa for his current world tour.

Julio Iglesias is considered the most successful Latin singer ever. Garnering more than 2,600 Platinum and Gold certifications and selling over 250 million records around the world, the legendary artist has performed with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Willie Nelson. Julio is the first and only performer to receive the Diamond Record Award by the Guinness Book of World Records – for selling more records in more languages than any other artist in history. With each new release, Julio Iglesias managed to top his previous successes and, along the way, become one of the brightest and most recognizable stars in the world of popular music.

In possession of one of popular music’ great voices, Julio has crossed all barriers – even that of languages – with his electrifying series of international hits. Aside from his breakneck pace of recording, special appearances, touring, TV show and numerous awards and recognitions, Julio was also appointed as a Special Representative for the Performing Arts, a title he holds to this day. He points out that UNICEF supplies an outlet for him to impact the lives of so many he is otherwise unable to reach. “The world has given so much, it’s important to give something back”, he says.

With the release of his first English-language album in more than 12 years – Romantic Classic – Julio Iglesias continues to bring us new ways of looking at and dealing with romance, while also continuing to perform hundreds of concerts in multiple languages around the world.


Podcast interview with Natalie Becker

Natalie Becker Scorpion King 2 interviewOn Tuesday, 31 July I sat down with Natalie Becker at La Vie, Seapoint, Cape Town, for my first audio podcast interview. This is a full transcript of the interview.

You can also download the Natalie Becker interview – mp3 (26 mins, 43 seconds 7.7MB).

RT: What is your claim to fame?

NB: Well, what I do for a living, is I’m actress, I’m present a radio and television show, I’m a writer, an MC and a public speaker.

RT: What kinds of things make you laugh?

NB: Absurd humour. Humour without a victim. Unexpected incidents of humour and generally odd and nutty things. For example just situational humour. When something happens out of the ordinary. I wish I could give you a tangible example of something that’s happened recently. Comedy definitely makes me laugh. The absurdity of life. I like to look at the lighter side of life. Even in very dark situations sometimes I find myself laughing or smiling because there are two sides to everything. (RT ? So you would enjoy things like Gary Larson?) …I love Gary Larson, the 5th Wave, movies like War of the Roses, Running with Scissors. I almost always find reality funnier than fiction.

RT: What is your relationship status?

NB: Well, it’s easy to say I’m in a relationship or I’m single. Ultimately we’re always engaging with people. We’re always in a number of relationships. And NO I’m not trying to dodge the question. I guess if you want a simple answer: Yes I’m single and enjoying it. And enjoying spending time with myself; quality time with my family and friends. Just engaging life. But I think we’re always engaging in relationships on a number of different levels with a number of different people. You know we’re creatures like that, we’re social creatures. We are always in a relationship. Relationships or when you call yourself a ?couple? it’s a specific construct. Lot’s of people think you’re either in a relationship or not in a relationship with anyone else. (RT ? I like what you said because it’s like using a label like husband, wife, it limits us.)

RT: What are the kind of things do you find attractive in a man?

NB: I find a sense of humour, attractive. Why, because it usually denotes somebody who is intelligent. Somebody who’s thought about life and who has some sort of philosophy about life. I find many things attractive in many people. I’m interested in life and I’m interested in people. I’m interested in engaging people so I can’t say that I have a list of specific things because I’m continually surprised by what I encounter in people. And I love engaging so I can’t…I don’t have a stereo type, a specific type…sense of humour..perhaps confidence. There’s different types of confidence. Sometimes you have to scratch beneath the surface and people are surprising. You can never judge a book by it’s cover. That’s what I’ve learned. So I’d like to say that I have an open mind when it comes to what’s attractive. (RT: You sound like a wine connoisseur. When it comes with relationships.) lol.


Natalie Becker Cape Town model actress VivaDivas.comRT: When you are in a relationship, how do you go about getting what you want out of a relationship?

NB: I’d ask for it. Okay. I think emotional honesty is very important. It’s not always easy. I haven’t always found it very easy. And sometimes you get to know someone and then you feel comfortable asking. But I find generally that emotional honesty, and sharing and it asking for what you want is the best way to communicate your needs to someone. (RT ? I think so many people try to get and that’s where they go wrong.) I agree. I’m there as well sometimes. I don’t always have the confidence to ask. I like to get to know someone. And also to feel my way around. Communicating verbally is fantastic also just to sense things about people. To probe at the mystery of other person. In my experience asking for what we want is best. (RT: Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to ask for what we want.) Of course! We’re afraid of rejection. We’re afraid we will come across as demanding or needy. If we don’t show who we are, then we are not being honest with the other person. And frankly if the other person doesn’t like who we are, then at least we know that we can move on. So emotional honesty is very, very important. (RT: I think there is a direct link between emotional honesty and emotional intelligence and emotional maturity. It’s something that comes with time. You can’t expect a 16 year old to have the same outlook.) Absolutely. I agree. How would you get what you want out of a relationship? (RT: I ask questions based on their value systems as you know.) There we go. That sounds very “Dr Demartini”. I saw your website and I see you’re a fan. (RT – I’m a big fan) So I am I.

RT: What kind of things turn you off and what turns you on in a relationship?

NB: I think I’m still discovering what turns me off. I don’t really have a list. Emotional honesty turns me on because it denotes confidence and openness. I like that because with openness comes growth and evolution. I like a sense of adventure. I like someone with an open mind, willingness to grow together and discover new things. I think that every one is different and every person is a balance of traits that I guess you could find positive and negative. So you have to accept that and if you want to be with someone you have try and look at the whole person, and accept that if you want to be with them. Get to know those things about them. (RT – Was there anything in a recent past that was a common thread that you picked up that was something that you didn’t like?) That’s such a loaded question! I guess what would turn me on is emotional honesty, and what turns me off is emotional dishonesty because you can see it coming a mile on. I don’t like to judge people. I believe that if you can judge something negative or positive in a person, then there is definitely something there that you can learn and grow from. You learn as much about yourself, as you do from the other person. Coming back to Dr. Demartini, who you’re a great fan of, he says, ?We seek not relationships that make us happy, but relationships that balance us out. So they often display the disowned parts of ourselves.? So I think that it’s about balance and retaining balance perspective when you look at people.

RT: What’s your perspective on opposites attract?

NB: I think definitely. I’ve been there. I’ve seen lots of opposites attract and it comes back to what I said previously, and quoting Dr Demartini when he says, ?we attract people in relationships who we think are going to balance or complete us, so we attract people who may display the disowned parts of ourselves, the parts of ourselves that we don’t like.? So they press our buttons in all the right ways and in all the wrong ways. So we learn something about them from them and something about ourselves.? (RT: So you think It’s a good thing?) I think it’s a great thing! (RT: I like what he says when he says when he says that when two people have similar traits or values, then the other one isn’t necessary!) Laughs out loud! That’s hilarious.

RT: So tell me, do you believe in love at first sight?

NB: I would like to, but then it would depend on how you would define love. (RT: Romantic love!) Then it would be infatuation. I think you can be infatuated at first sight! I think it happens to most people a number of times a day., and of course it’s based on a number of things, based on the other person, based on the other person and what you see and project from the other person.

RT: What is the worst pick up line used on you and did it work?

NB: Probably the worst pick up line used was, ?Don’t I know you from somewhere?? and NO! It didn’t work. (RT: I think that that guy needs to hang himself! (Natalie laughs out loud!)

RT: Have you ever messed up on a 1st date, and did they want to see you again?
NB: Yes! I’ve had first dates who’ve never called me again and then haven’t called or wanted to see me again, so I don’t know what I did that was wrong. So yes, and no they haven’t seen me again. Laughs. (RT: For all we know, you could still be doing it.) I’m trying to improve my hit rate.

RT: When you’re out socialising, do guys react differently when you are alone vs. when you are in a group setting when you’re out and about?

NB: Generally no, because I give out a pretty consistent vibe. When I’m in a group setting I’m usually more relaxed with my friends having a good time, so I imagine I’d be perceived as being more approachable. When I’m alone there are people who approach me, but not often. I think it’s more about me and the vibe that I give off. Sometimes I’m approachable, but when I want to be alone, I can very easily project that. People are generally full of love and are very warm towards me and I’ve not yet had a negative experience with people approaching me. (RT: I really like this quote from Einstein that says: ?The most important question you can ask yourself is, is this a friendly universe?? and you whole outlook in life , your entire experience of life as it unfolds stems from that decision, that you either make consciously; and it’s great if you make it consciously; or unconsciously.) I like that quote! It’s your whole perspective really on how you view the world and how you share your experiences.

RT: Being a role model to women in my opinion, how do you think the feminist revolution has affected life for women in the 21st century?

NB: Thank you for that question and thank you for that complement. I haven’t researched that question, my ex-boyfriend did and I wished that I had spent more time listening to him because he had some amazing views, he is a remarkable man. How I can answer that question for you, is that I have always been an individual. How I define myself is as a citizen of this wonderful world we live in, the universe and then as an individual and then as a woman. It’s never been an issue for me. Personally, I would not say that I am a feminist. I’d say that I’m an independent woman. So first I would say I’m an independent, creative individual who happens to be a woman. We know that being a woman is defining. It means that you’re not a man. There are certain perceptions. (RT: Well you know we’re all women in the womb and at some point there’s something that changes and we end up becoming who we are. If you believe in reincarnation, we’ve all been woman and men at some time.) Yes, I believe there is a balance of both inside ourselves. As I’ve said, it’s never been a defining thing. It’s never how I define myself first.

RT: Among your friends, what kind of relationship issues do you guys discuss? Are you an advisor or are you the one seeking advise? Do they pick your brains or do you all share equally?

NB: We generally all talk equally and we tend to talk over one another, because we all talk a lot. And generally the conversation veers towards sex. It’s just a phase that my girlfriends are going through. We talk about relationship issues. A lot of my friends are quite strong individual, independent women. (RT: Are you able to share what about sex, because I think that a lot of men could learn a lesson or two , if you gave us a hint!) NO! I’m not! (RT: No! It’s not about you, it’s about your girlfriends and we don’t know who they are!) Generally, I’d say most recently we talk a lot about our aspirations, our hopes and our dreams, but most of all when we get together we like to have fun, so I’d say we talk about: love, life, relationships, sex, men, but we end up laughing about it all, when we get together, I think it’s important to make light of things, especially the darker things in life or try to find some kind of meaning, whether it’s ironic or funny. So it veers from quite raucous of men and sex, to quite philosophical talks about our hopes, dreams, wishes, ambitions. That sort of thing. I can’t share any of our sex tips with you! (lol)

RT: What suggestions do you have for woman on ways to be attractive, more confident and more interesting?

NB: I think that it’s important to be yourself . It’s very interesting, it’s honest, respect yourself and invest in yourself.

RT: Do you have any suggestions on how men should approach woman like yourself?

NB: In general men approach women by keep it light at first, be honest. There are no rules. Woman are very intuitive. Be friendly. Engage. And also sense of humour.

RT: Do you have any preferences for an ideal date?

NB: There are different kinds of dates. Spontaneous, intimate and romantic setting. I really enjoy engaging. I really love going to the sea point, going to the beach and collecting shells. The setting could be anywhere, but ambiance is important and enjoying each other’s company.

RT: What do you think about marriage?

NB: I think that marriage has it’s place. It’s a very personal choice. It can really be beautiful.

RT: What do you think about speed dating?

NB: I think that it’s a great way to get to know a lot of people in a short period of time and I look forward to trying it out some time.

RT: What do you think of on-line dating?

NB: I’ve actually tried it out, it’s different. You get to meet all sorts of people and yes, I think it’s fascinating.

RT: What’s your idea of romance?

NB: Intimacy, lips brushing, closeness, ambiance, these are the words that come to mind.

For more on Natalie Becker see her bio page on Goodhope FM. You can also call her agent directly on 021-465-1000 for bookings. Also remember to watch Natalie on Free Spirit, Sundays 9am on SABC3.


Sunflower Healing Centre launches in Cape Town

A wonderful new Meditation & Reiki healing practice in the heart of Wynberg.

You will meet new and interesting people. Perhaps even learn something new from my Presentation, which is followed by tea and cake.

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Zaida Ahmed “Entrepreneur of the Soul”. This is where the most exciting journey of my life begins…

I love Sunflowers. Tall and majestic they stand, with flowers big, bright and bold. Look at us…look at us…here we are…here we are…they seem to say. Feelings of joy, peace and contentment wash over…me…I am…happy…

My Aim: “Plant a Sunflower seed in all of humanity”
My Wish:
“Humanity accepts the Sunflower seeds and waters them regularly”
My Vision:
“Watch all of humanity flourish and grow”

Sunflower Healing Centre offers you 4 Basic Healing Modalities
1. Meditation – Fly Amongst The Stars

  • Week 1:“Grounding”
  • Week 2:“Arch Angels/Malai’kats”
  • Week 3:“Healing Tool Kit”

Entrepreneurial – Dance Toward Your Dream

  • Week 1: “Inner Certainty”
  • Week 2:“Sound Massage”
  • Week 3:“Stars Across the Sky”

3. Reiki Treatments / Tuition – Reiki

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3 – Master/Teacher

Experience the Elixir of life through Mind Relaxation…So, come on, what are you waiting for? Take that first courageous step ………. RSVP 021 762 4005.

Date: Sat 4 August 2007

Time: 2.30 for 3.00pm