This young generation of driven and bold South Africans is really something else. Nomzamo Mbatha – the trailblazing actress and activist who covered Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Activism issue – is really something else.
It’s now just days after that awe-inspiring interview with Pearl Modiadie on Zaziwa, where she laid bare scars from her past, and we are still here keeping an eye on her #DoYou video anthem, on which she partnered with PUMA.
Launched on this past National Women’s Day, the clip features three young South African women whose personal messages of perseverance and self-empowerment resonate with the celebrity.
Inspired by their stories, Nomzamo invited Chumani Mtshixa, Thembakazi Silevana and Yonela Mabi to spend the day with her on the set of the PUMA South Africa’s seasonal Do You photoshoot in Johannesburg.
“Nomzamo not only inspires me but she gives me permission to ‘do me’; to do anything that my heart and mind desires,” says Chumani Mtshixa, a Politics and Social science student from Cape Town. “The whole day was amazing. I thought it was just a dream!”
Thembakazi Silevana, a production assistant from Johannesburg, says: “Nomzamo has been an inspiration in my life as she is the epitome of hard work and resilience. The words of encouragement she gave us will forever be in my heart.”
“Nomzamo inspires me to do me the best way I know how,” says final year BA student Yonela Mabi from Port Elizabeth. “She is breaking the so called ‘glass ceiling’ that women are said to be limited by. She’s bold, she is a powerhouse and she gets things done.”
“I was inspired by these women’s fearlessness and deep authenticity in relaying their stories. One of our common threads as human beings is our ability to overcome, and the women I chose displayed that trait incredibly,” says Nomzamo.
“Every young woman deserves to have someone on her side, who is going to believe in her and blow the wind beneath her wings just a little harder. I am grateful to be in a position where I can provide them with a platform to share their incredible stories.”
“Do You” has been a vehicle of female empowerment for the past two 2 years and Nomzamo joined other PUMA ambassadors including professional basketball player, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Lauren Lovette, New York City Ballet principal dancer and choreographer, in announcing their #DoYou Passion Projects earlier this year.
The PUMA X SUE TSAI Collection Is Here
For her second collection with PUMA, visual artist Sue Tsai takes on the concept of “Love 101” – exploring the nostalgia of inspiring high school memories and the emotional experience of our first love.
From the memorable past to the present, the PUMA X SUE TSAI collection encourages us to commemorate, create and share this moving love.
The PUMA X SUE TSAI co-created sneakers include renditions of acclaimed PUMA silhouettes like PUMA Cali, PUMA Aeon and PUMA NOVA bedecked with scribbled lines of poetry, hand- drawn doodles, vibrant embroidery and chenille patches, transforming the nostalgia intom something unexpected new and accomplished with emotionalizing beauty.
The PUMA X SUE TSAI collection extends to chic apparel including tees, jackets, hooded dresses and sweatpants adorned with embroidery, badges, all over prints and placed graphics.
Complementing the collection, the artistic decoration theme of PUMA X SUE TSAI also includes matching accessories such as backpack, cap and pouch.
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PUMA x SUE TSAI is available at PUMA Select stores, X-Trend, Superbalist, Hipkicks, Madaiza and selected retailers from 17 August 2019.
The PUMA RS 9.8 Cosmic Lands
PUMA has dropped RS 9.8 Cosmic – inspired by 9.8 m/s2, which is the approximate speed of gravitational acceleration near the Earth’s surface and is addressed to individuals who defy social rules and the laws of physics.
The retro look of the PUMA RS 9.8 Cosmic pulls together various elements from the acclaimed RS Family including comfy sock liners and the shock-absorbing RS foam. The PUMA RS 9.8 Cosmic is fresh and futuristic, with vibrant colour pops and multiple materials mix.
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Retailing for R1599, the RS 9.8 Cosmic drops at The Cross Trainer, sportscene online, Side Step, Studio 88, Superbalist and selected retailers from 12 September 2019.
The women’s colourway – PUMA White-Milky Blue – will be available at The Cross Trainer, OFFICE London and selected retailer
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Fashion Without Borders Coming Back to South Africa
Africa’s fashion and lifestyle movement brings 20 fashion designers and 40 models from across the continent
Fashion Without Borders is back for its fifth installation and will be hosted over a two-day period from Friday, 06 September 2019 to Saturday, 07 September 2019 at the Park Inn Hotel, in Sandton.
Only this time, the event will be complemented by 20 fashion designers and 40 Models from across the African continent.
Themed My Africa, this year’s Fashion Without Borders will be a blend of new talent, emerging and established names, with a talent list that comprises the likes of an 11-year-old fashion designer; Ethan Mokhele (South Africa), Kele Foko (South Africa), Nivaldo Thierry (Mozambique) and Kofi Asante (Ghana), Kaelo Godirwang (Botswana), Iman Mtshali (South Africa), Aline (DRC), Aman Chamane (South Africa), Anslem Agwoko (Nigeria), Sane Ratlhogo (South Africa), Tumane Thabane (Lesotho), Bismark Nimoh Poku (Ghana), Cathy Mbemba (DRC), Maatla Matlhabe (Botswana), Izak JD and Claudine Uys (South Africa).
“Part of our aim is to enable the 20 fashion designers and 40 Models to take centre stage and subsequently showcase their interpretation of fashion design in the African continent, in an effort to raise awareness about local fashion consumption,” commented Serge Kabisoso, Creative Director and Show Producer. “This event will highlight how current fashion trends are predicted by moods, behaviour and buying habits of a consumer at a particular time.”
Fashion Without Borders is more than just a fashion show, but also a lifestyle event that includes pop-up stalls, industry-related workshops and opportunities that will allow patrons to interact with both local and Southern African Development Community region designers.