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Meet the 2016 GLAMOUR Women of the Year!

It’s our annual celebration of great South African women – individuals who are making outstanding marks in a range of fields. Keep your eyes on this page to meet the nine stars who turn our country into a better, brighter and more beautiful place.

Women of the YearThe generous spirit

Brigitte Reeve-Taylor

What’s the beauty product you can’t live without?

Definitely my Thierry Mugler Angel perfume and Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream.

What’s on your summer reading list?

I love suspense thrillers so I’m looking forward to reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.

Kamini PatherThe readers’ choice

Kamini Pather

What’s the beauty trick you swear by?

I have three cardinal rules: Always remove your makeup before bed, never leave home without sunblock and add coconut oil to everything – it gives skin a glow and the brain a boost.

What are you looking forward to wearing this summer?

My sky high Hasbeen sandals – style and comfort in one fell swoop.

kriyaThe media star

Kriya Gangiah

What’s on your summer playlist?

Typical summer tracks that make you feel like the good vibes are here: The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey – ‘Closer’, Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper – ‘Perfect strangers’ and Meghan Trainor – ‘Me too’.

What’s your hidden talent?

Well, being very involved with technology and programming, I absolutely love a little first person shooter game! It’s always fun to get a few friends around and play computer games.

duoThe next big thing

Crystal Kasper and Palesa Mahlaba of The Duo Desk

What’s your best bargain buy so far this year? 

Palesa: I’m such a bargain hunter, so that’s a difficult question. My favourite bargain buy is a black embellished satin slip dress that I’m yet to wear, but I look at it every night!

Crystal: A floor-length fishtail green satin skirt with lace-up detailing at the back.

Which summer trend are you looking forward to wearing?

Palesa: It’s between the innerwear as outerwear and cold shoulder trends. I’m not sure which I’m gravitating towards more, but I’ve collected a few items from both trends!

Crystal: Definitely the off-the-shoulder trend, as well as lots of pleats and ruffles. 


The business brain

Karabo Mathang-Tshabuse

What is your beauty summer essential?

A good moisturiser with SPF.

What is the beauty trick you swear by?

Less is more, is the new beauty trend. I wear as little makeup as I can, that’s the trick I swear by.


The creator

Nandipha Mntambo

What is the beauty product you can’t live without?

I can’t live without my Nimue Sun-C SPF 40.

What’s on your summer reading list?

I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones.

jackieThe style icon

Jackie Burger 

What would we find in your handbag?

A silk scarf, signature sunglasses, a tin of Les Anis de Flavigny rose drops, MAC Russian Red lipstick and a vintage compact mirror.

What are your hair and beauty summer essentials?

A handcrafted straw sunhat from Pichulik – stylish protection and supporting local design, Vichy Ideal Soleil Hydrating Mist SPF 50 – sun protection and ultimate skin hydration at its best, and YSL La Laque Couture nail varnish no 36, Vert D’Orient – I always explore an unexpected shade for summer and currently this one is a firm favourite.

juliaThe DIY Queen

Julia Anastasopoulos

What is the beauty product you can’t live without?

I can’t live without Dermologica Daily Microfoliant.

What is your go-to travel outfit?

My go-to travel outfit is leggings, my comfy takkies and my very lightweight jacket.

For more on these amazing women, get your hands on the October issue of GLAMOUR.

GLAMOUR WOTY 2016 is brought to you in association with Valprè and Neutrogena and in proud partnership with AldoFor more information on GLAMOUR Women of the Year, click here.

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