Inside our October 2019 issue!
SA’s got talent
I met photographer Trevor Stuurman in 2012, shortly after he became a style reporter. He describes himself as a small-town boy from Kimberley, known for its diamonds – I’d say he’s one of them. I admire Trevor’s visual storytelling, how he documents African culture, and how he’s become a global export of African fashion. Trevor hadn’t photographed media personality and businesswoman Bonang Matheba before, nor had he shot a Glamour cover.
On the other hand, Bonang had graced a solo cover before, back in 2014 when she made history as the first black, local star to be on the cover of Glamour South Africa. This year, she launched House of BNG, and received countless awards and industry recognition, both locally and internationally. During the making of this issue, she was in between rehearsals for her Miss South Africa hosting duties, and in production for season three of her reality TV show, Being Bonang. For her red carpet moments, Bonang chooses African fashion designers first. She’s a muse for designers such as Orapeleng Modutle, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Spero Villioti and Nigeria’s Iconic Invanity. Her lingerie line, Distraction, has enjoyed continued success at Woolworths.
Glamour decided to pair Queen B, as she’s affectionately known, with multi-disciplinary designer Rich Mnisi. In his own words, Rich is “the first queer, black man to feature on a Glamour SA cover.” The local fashion industry will continue to thrive globally because of talents like Rich.
October marks the period when we feature 10 women who embody magic, grace, elegance and sparkle. We’re proud of this year’s Glamour’s Most Glamourous award winners. I applaud our fashion team, Rusty Beukes, Mira Leibowitz and Tania Durand for their execution of not only the cover styling but also the GMG spread.
’Til next month.