Dr. Esther Mahlangu. Picture: Dimpho Maja.
In celebration of Women’s Month, we take a look at Izimboko (women) who are the game-changers. These are the women who are doing well in their respective careers and have their unique sense of style.

Basetsana Kumalo

Basetsana “Bassie” Kumalo is a Soweto-born beauty with brains. The media mogul, who began her modelling career at the age of 16, is one of the most prominent women in South Africa. 

Kumalo was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa in 1990. In 1994, she was crowned Miss South Africa and became the first runner-up in the Miss World pageant. Today she owns her own production label, Tswelepele Productions, a media company that produced Top Billing while she was still presenter of the show. We love how she wears her hair, usually natural. She always wears opulent designs.

Basetsana Kumalo. Picture: Instagram. 

Dj Zinhle

A published author, musician and mother of one, Ntombezinhle Jiyane aka DJ Zinhle is one of the strongest women we know. She broke into the music scene in 2004 before being a resident DJ for SABC 1’s dance show, Jika Majika. 

Jiyane is the first female DJ in South Africa to release a house compilation. Her favourite accessory is sunglasses, and the way she rocks them is too adorable. And because of that, she landed a deal with Privé Revaux as the local celebrity partner for this world-famous eyewear brand.

DJ Zinhle. Picture: Itumeleng English. 

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

Miss South Africa 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is an inspiration to many young women. 

The 23-year-old was crowned Miss Universe 2017, making her the second South African to win the title, following Margaret Gardiner who took the crown in 1978. The way she wears make-up is amazing, always minimal, giving her the natural glow that she has.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

Dr. Esther Mahlangu

One of the most loved South African artists is Dr. Esther Mahlangu, who began painting at the age of 10. In 1991, Mahlangu got a deal with BMW to paint their art car, making her the first woman to collaborate with the brand at that level. In 2016 she was again asked by the giant motor brand to paint their BMW 7 Series, a vehicle which was displayed at the Frieze Art Fair in London. 

Early this year, Mahlangu received an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg and the way she takes pride in her Ndebele culture is what makes her stand out. She is always bright in colours, wearing accessories to embrace her heritage.


Esther Mahlangu. Picture: Dimpho Maja. 

Shashi Naidoo

Actress, model, TV presenter and fashion blogger Shashi Naidoo first came on to the entertainment scenes in 2004, when she played Linda McGinty on Backstage, a soapie that used to air on e.tv. 

She is also an influencer with an eye for fashion. We are flattered by her love of bold prints and floral pieces. Such looks make her look younger than she already is.

Shashi Naidoo. Picture: Instagram. 

Tamara Dey

Tamara Dey is a musician who made her debut in 2000 after being recognised by DJ Pepsi. Not only does she have a voice of an angel but she’s got the dance moves as well. She loves the bright-coloured hair, and our favourite is the purple one. She makes it pop with her unpredictable street-style outfits.

Tamar Dey. Picture: Instagram. 

Sho Madjozi

Well-known by her stage name, Sho Madjozi, Maya Wegerif, is a South African rapper who’s an inspiration to many young people. We like how she usually celebrates African heritage through her music and the clothes she wears. Sho Madjozi is usually wearing Tsonga Couture and likes braids as well.

Sho madjozi. Picture: Instagram. 

Thick Leeyonce

Model and photographer, Lesego Legobane is an undisputed fashionista. The 25-year-old, who has been body shamed, is a hero to many women. She stood against the trolling of women who are full-figured. We love how she dresses confidently and shows skin without fear.

Thick Leeyonce. Picture: Instagram. 

Jo-Ann Strauss

Top Billing presenter and model Jo-Ann Strauss is always dressed in stunning outfits, even during the pregnancy, you’ll see her in high heels.

Jo-Ann Strauss. Picture: Instagram. 

-Cape Argus