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Niquita Bento is GLAMOUR’s Digital Cover Star for the launch of G-Star RAW’s Exclusives collection

Niquita Bento has an eye for aesthetics. The Cape Town-based photographer has established herself as a household name in the South African fashion and media space, frequently creating magic behind the lens for some of the biggest local brands.

In a male-dominated field, Niquita stands out for her immense talent and determination, while her photography can be recognised for its signature mix of timeless and modern. She plays at the intersection where classic composition meets daring and fresh perspectives, with each image aimed to evoke emotion and tell a story. “I want my images to be more than just a pretty picture,” she says.

Her extraordinary passion as a creative director has taken her from the streets of New York to opulent Dubai, and her edgy personal style has garnered her attention as a fashion influencer in her own right.

Now, Niquita has joined forces with G-Star RAW for the launch of their new Exclusives collection. Featuring Japanese denim and manipulated Melton wool, the collection aims to push creative boundaries and celebrate denim’s continued influence on artists, musicians, and cultural figures from various generations.

Of course, Glamour had to get in on the action to celebrate this collaboration between two iconic forces in fashion. We chatted to Niquita about what the Exclusives collection means to her, her space in the industry, and the meaning of style.

What has your career journey been like?

I started out as a style reporter for a well-known fashion publication in 2013. I soon became a creative assistant and worked closely with the fashion editor at the time. She knew I was into photography and gave me the opportunity to shoot my first fashion editorial. This was a great place for me to learn the ropes and get comfortable with being on big sets. After this, she encouraged me to pursue my talent, which gave me the confidence to establish myself as a full-time fashion photographer. Once I took the plunge, jobs started rolling in from brands and contacts I had made in the industry. My career’s been on an upward trajectory ever since and I’m grateful to my former fashion editor - and now friend - for believing in me and giving me the space to grow.

Have you always been interested in fashion and when did you know you had an eye for photography?

I’ve always loved fashion ever since I was a little girl. My grandmother was a seamstress and I enjoyed watching Fashion TV with my mom, so I was always surrounded by this influence. It gave me an appreciation for quality craftsmanship and attention to detail.

When it comes to photography, my dad was a major influence. He taught me to appreciate the beauty in the mundane. He would always stop while walking to look at something as simple as the texture of an old wall or the patterns in a seashell. He always had a camera in hand, ready to capture every possible moment, which I believe instilled the importance of that in me. Growing up, I always just loved the camera. Whether in front or behind it, it came naturally to me.

How would you describe your photography?

I like my images to tell a story and evoke emotion instead of just being a pretty picture.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I’m a people’s person so I love being able to meet different people in the industry. I’ve gotten to meet some incredible people and most of them have become permanent people in my life which I think is pretty amazing. I also enjoy seeing a concept come to life and being a part of the creative process. Of course, getting to travel around the world and experience different cultures is also a huge plus.

How would you describe your personal style?

I like a minimalist, modern aesthetic. I’m drawn towards clean lines and items that are a little bit androgynous and edgy. A men’s-style suit is my go-to for almost any occasion.

You are now working with G-Star Raw for the Exclusives collection. What does this relationship mean to you?

I am proud to work with such a renowned global brand and I love that G-Star recognizes young local talent and creatives in the industry, no matter how big or small. I feel honoured that they have recognised me as someone they want to partner with. G-Star is all about innovation and sustainability which are values that I also stand for, so this collaboration is a perfect fit for me and one that is close to my heart.

What do you love most about the collection?

I love that the collection is inclusive, with androgynous staple pieces that can be styled to look more feminine. I also like that all the pieces are versatile and can be dressed up or down. The oversized, utilitarian silhouettes are right up my alley, and I appreciate how they’ve put a modern spin on military-style shapes.

What is your favourite item from the Exclusives collection?

My favourite item is probably the Elwood boiler suit. I love the innovative use of material - it features wool that has been made to look like denim - while the silhouette is comfortable yet stylish, and can be easily dressed up for a night out or styled down for a daytime look.

As a woman in a male-dominated field, have there been any challenges you’ve encountered along the way. How did you overcome these setbacks?

I definitely feel that I’ve been underestimated for being a female. This just gave me the drive to want to prove myself and work even harder. I overcame this by learning to be confident in myself and allowing my work to speak for itself.

What are some career milestones you still wish to accomplish?

I’d love to shoot for iconic publications that I’ve grown up with such as Vogue or ID, and it would be amazing to work with one of my favourite high fashion brands like Proenza Schouler, Jill Sanders or Celine.

Finally, what does this moment mean to you, being on Glamour’s digital cover?

It’s truly a full circle moment for me. I had the opportunity to work with both Glamour and G-Star early in my career, and the fact that I’m able to still work with them is an immense privilege - but now being recognised as a creative talent and honoured as a cover star is something phenomenal.


R&B or Pop?


Night out or night in?

Night in

Fast food or gourmet?

Fast food

Greyscale or sepia


Sneakers or heels?


Texting or calling?

Video call

A photographer that you’re inspired by?

Renell Medrano

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?


How long does it take you to get ready?

30 minutes

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?


Favourite series to binge?

Sex and the City

3 words people would use to describe you?

Goofy, dependable, meticulous


Words by: Farah Khalfe

Photography: Luke Kuisis

Creative Direction & Styling: Luke Ruiters

Hair & Makeup: Justine Alexander

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