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A successful leading woman in wine Jolette Steyn on why she really loves celebrating women

GLAMOUR: What does it mean to you to celebrate women in our country?

Jolette Steyn: We thank the women that came before us, such as Rahima Moosa, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Sophia Williams de Bruyn, for standing up for human rights, equality, equity, diversity, dignity, respect, empathy and justice. We thank all our grandmothers, mothers and sisters. We’re thankful for the new generation who continue forward fearlessly.

G: Why is it important to celebrate the women of South Africa?

JS: For two reasons. Firstly, to highlight, elevate and celebrate the personal, cultural, social, political and economic achievements of South African women. Secondly, to continue the call to action for gender-equality in all spheres of life.

G: What inspires you to be successful?

JS: Basic goodness. Family. Brave people.

G: What do you think is the most significant barrier to female success?

JS: Gender Bias and Stereotyping and because of that, sometimes a lack of self-belief.

G: Your biggest motivation?

JS: Sitting at the table.

G: What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

JS: Invest in bitcoin.

G: Which women are on your radar and why?

JS: Rachel Kolisi is just the coolest, kindest and most inspiring person. Fatima Sydow – teaching Cape Malay to a Joburg girl. Kristen Goss – super fabulous jewellery designer. Rushtush’s Rushda Moosajee – the epitome of a boss. Lucie de Moyencourt – brilliant artist. Giulia Negri & Federica Cesare, two young kick-ass winemakers from Italy whose wines we import ( as well as local winemakers Marelise Niemann from Momento Wines and Charla Haasbroek from Sijnn.

G: What’s your message to women in business?

JS: Dream big. Do the damn thing. Take up space. 80/20.

G: Your favourite beauty moment OR The best advice you’ve received to date and from who?

JS: Favourite beauty moment: Drinking Champagne in an outdoor bath surrounded by mountains. In that moment I was completely at peace. Best advice: Remove that make-up, wear that sunscreen. Who: My mama.

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