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House of Zwide cast, A-listers celebrate SMag beauty issue

The House of Zwide cast joined A-listers Can­dice Mod­is­elle, Makgotso M, Gabisile Tshabalala, Bobby Blanco, Tsakane Sono and Paledi Segapo at the invite-only soirée to cel­eb­rate the Beauty issue of Sowetan SMag.

The House of Zwide cast joined A-listers Can­dice Mod­is­elle, Makgotso M, Gabisile Tshabalala, Bobby Blanco, Tsakane Sono and Paledi Segapo at the invite-only soirée to cel­eb­rate the Beauty issue of Sowetan SMag.

Cover stars War­ren Mase­mola, Wanda Zuma and Lesedi Mat­sun­yane-Fer­guson were also in attend­ance at the Opera Bar Lounge in Rose­bank, Johan­nes­burg, on Wed­nes­day night. The cast of the e.tv soapie included Mot­latsi Mafat­she, Nefisa Mkhabela, Paballo Mavundla and Shal­ate Sekh­abi.

Cover stars War­ren Mase­mola, Wanda Zuma and Lesedi Mat­sun­yane-Fer­guson were also in attend­ance at the Opera Bar Lounge in Rose­bank, Johan­nes­burg, on Wed­nes­day night. The cast of the e.tv soapie included Mot­latsi Mafat­she, Nefisa Mkhabela, Paballo Mavundla and Shal­ate Sekh­abi.

The latest issue of SMag, released last Fri­day, has three dif­fer­ent cov­ers fea­tur­ing Con­nie Fer­guson and Mat­sun­yane-Fer­guson; Azania and Sham­iso Mosaka as well as Mase­mola and Zuma.

The edi­tion is ded­ic­ated to the attain­ment and cel­eb­ra­tion of all things beauty, skin­care and men­tal health. Revital­ising the iconic self-love man­tra “Black is Beau­ti­ful”, the cover stars and those fea­tured inside promp­ted read­ers to pick up the mir­ror of iden­tity and cul­ture in hon­our of what makes us beau­ti­ful.

The edi­tion is ded­ic­ated to the attain­ment and cel­eb­ra­tion of all things beauty, skin­care and men­tal health. Revital­ising the iconic self-love man­tra “Black is Beau­ti­ful”, the cover stars and those fea­tured inside promp­ted read­ers to pick up the mir­ror of iden­tity and cul­ture in hon­our of what makes us beau­ti­ful.

“When we got on set, I was like ‘ayy yoh!’ Let’s play. I love play­ing with fash­ion and with my looks. And hav­ing an oppor­tun­ity to do that in front of the cam­era is stel­lar,” said Mat­sun­yane-Fer­guson, dressed in an all-black sequined ensemble. “When I first saw it on social media I was like, this is crazy – see­ing myself on a cover at my age because the last time I did a cover I was 15 [now 30], that full circle moment for me was quite emo­tional and beau­ti­ful.”

“When we got on set, I was like ‘ayy yoh!’ Let’s play. I love play­ing with fash­ion and with my looks. And hav­ing an oppor­tun­ity to do that in front of the cam­era is stel­lar,” said Mat­sun­yane-Fer­guson, dressed in an all-black sequined ensemble. “When I first saw it on social media I was like, this is crazy – see­ing myself on a cover at my age because the last time I did a cover I was 15 [now 30], that full circle moment for me was quite emo­tional and beau­ti­ful.”

Miss Soweto 2023, Sono, atten­ded with her mother Claudia. Sono said: “It’s been excit­ing to be part of such a groundis break­ing issue of the magazine. To share the pages with the likes of Con­nie Fer­guson and Lesedi Mat­sun­yane-Fer­guson and Azania and Sham­iso Mosaka… is truly hum­bling.”

Mase­mola, who has been liv­ing with alo­pe­cia most of his life, said being given the free­dom to talk about men­tal health in the realm of beauty was a high­light for him.

Mase­mola, who has been liv­ing with alo­pe­cia most of his life, said being given the free­dom to talk about men­tal health in the realm of beauty was a high­light for him.

“It’s a great plat­form if you under­stand that the audi­ence going to be listen­ing and pay­ing atten­tion with so much respect to men­tal health and alo­pe­cia. The more we talk about things the more people get to know about them.”

Jok­ing about how the Ephymol yel­low-checked suit he donned was one size too small, Zuma said it was mem­or­able to share the cover with Mase­mola. “Hav­ing War­ren as this OG who has been on screen for the longest time and passing that on to someone who is com­ing onto the scene and hop­ing to do half of what he has done – the head­line cap­tured it all for me.”

Jok­ing about how the Ephymol yel­low-checked suit he donned was one size too small, Zuma said it was mem­or­able to share the cover with Mase­mola. “Hav­ing War­ren as this OG who has been on screen for the longest time and passing that on to someone who is com­ing onto the scene and hop­ing to do half of what he has done – the head­line cap­tured it all for me.”

Dressed in a white suit with prin­ted blue floral, SMag editor-in-chief Emmanuel Tjiya added: “We looked at beauty through the lens of intergen­er­a­tional beauty. With the mother and daugh­ter Azania and Sham­iso cover, it focused on the intim­acy of skin, and the other cover [Con­nie and Lesedi] we looked at the polit­ics of hair. The SMan cover looked at the cul­ture of the evol­u­tion lead­ing man. We want to cre­ate con­ver­sa­tions about beauty, cul­ture and iden­tity.”

Dressed in a white suit with prin­ted blue floral, SMag editor-in-chief Emmanuel Tjiya added: “We looked at beauty through the lens of intergen­er­a­tional beauty. With the mother and daugh­ter Azania and Sham­iso cover, it focused on the intim­acy of skin, and the other cover [Con­nie and Lesedi] we looked at the polit­ics of hair. The SMan cover looked at the cul­ture of the evol­u­tion lead­ing man. We want to cre­ate con­ver­sa­tions about beauty, cul­ture and iden­tity.”-Sowetan

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