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I don’t think there’s ever been a crazier time to be a women in this world! The roaring inside of us, our strength, our compassion, our intellect and everything about ALL the women in us are being tested… in more ways than one. The woman who dares to strive for excellence ethically, without having to compromise who she is. The woman who is fierce enough to comfortably live in the skin she’s been blessed with but has to run through survival tactics everyday should harm come her way. The intelligent woman who finds value and meaning from being a homemaker but is faced daily with words thrown at her such as lazy or incapable. The woman who has to work multiple jobs and cross night to complete her studies. The woman who is beautiful enough to make it on a magazine but is of color and therefore her voice is invalid…

Hey lovers, Once again, the Summer season is creeping up on us. With only one month to go, the chatter around summer bodies is growing louder and wider! We all know the saying which goes “Summer bodies are made in winter,” so I hope you’ve been sowing that seed you wish to reap the rewards for in summer!  However, I feel as though as society we’re slowly but surely moving away from working out for a certain season and are leaning more toward leading a healthy lifestyle all year round, and I’m pleased with this! Finding a work out routine which works uniquely for you is the best way to effectively see results, oh and of course help you keep up the consistency! And while others may prefer to go to a gym to work out, others- like myself- prefer work outs in the comfort of their own homes and…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_AW32Yl6ps&spfreload=5 Each and every one of us have a woman/women who have played a significantly large role in seeing us to being the young ladies we are today. We simply don’t tell them enough how grateful we are for their presence in our lives or can’t put together in words our gratitude for all the moments we witnessed and those which they worked tirelessly “behind the scenes” to ensure we are well taken care of. For me, that woman in undoubtedly my mother, Fiki Tsekiso. The older I get the more I am able to recognise as well as appreciate the woman that she is to not only my sister and I, but to the community at large. This selfless mbokodo of mine has been through her fair share of trials and tribulations but always comes out stronger and wiser. When I think back to the time when both my sister…

I recently did a Sports Glam photoshoot with People Magazine which I absolutely loved! I embraced the fusion of my two loves – sports and fashion – and couldn’t have asked for a better shoot. I have been playing sports for as long as I can remember: from being the only girl on the field playing mini cricket at tournaments during primary school, right up to being Vice-Captain of the KZN touch rugby team. Sports has done so much in building my character – and being my “escape”. It saved me from getting into a whole lot of trouble and instilled in me such critical life values, and that is why I’ve decided to go all Sport on you for this blog post. In the new age South Africa, where we speak so proudly of our growth and economic transformation, we thus have the responsibility to grow, nurture as well…

It’s 1:52 AM and I just can’t seem to get my body to shut down and rest. Oh well, I guess this is all for a reason – I mean, we haven’t had “Tenacious Talks” in a minute. I think this time is a particularly good time, having just passed Easter, to engage. Also, it’s quite an interesting and trying time in politics in our country. Let me tell you, I’m so exhausted. The energy has been so overwhelming and exhausting! No matter how much we may try to avoid or distance ourselves from the realities of what’s going on in our country, we simply can’t! During one of the most recent strikes in the country while driving myself to Steers for some junk to feel better, a journalist from the Daily News contacted me for my opinion on the military print possibly being ban from being worn by the…

Hey ladies – and gents 🙂 So, it’s that time of the year once again where it starts getting a lot warmer, signalling that I can get back to my bikini life. The melanin-rich skin becomes darker; the sea water feels warmer; life gets so much better. I mean, as a young African lady who grew up in various conservative environments, it has taken everything IN me to grow into being fully confident in my flaws (and all). With this in mind, I totally believe that I have reached my personal pinnacle when it comes to being confident in my femininity and the beautiful curvaceousness that it comes with. Firstly, I must acknowledge what a privilege it is to be living in an era that allows for limitless expression, enabled by the generous array of social media platforms. I recently posted one of my unedited takeouts from a photo-shoot where I was wearing swimwear on my Instagram page and had someone have a go at body-shaming me –  apparently having the time of their life…

Don’t hold yourself back by doubting that which is invested in you, that which you have been assigned to. Be sure and confident, unapologetically so, of the vision which has been planted and rooted so deeply in you. Behind every door you will be dealt a different set of cards. Your job is simply to remain calm and make the best of the cards dealt. Celebrate your successes and be further motivated by your failures as well as the milestones reached. Reflections of the past can offer you greater perspective. Taking that time to reflect can help you map out the destination you wish to get to and figure out the little roads which will get you there. Live beyond your day-to-day feelings s, life beyond yourself !

Be very careful of the people you keep in your space as well as the conversations you allow into your space. As we all know we become products of our environments so easily, accepting and seeing our current positioning as the reality. As well, be assured that not everyone around you will understand your dreams and see the potential in you, not even those closest to you. It must surely be such a scary and emotional space to be in, alone with your dreams. When you believe so strongly in what you hold, a beautiful secret, a gift really to the world which you want to unleash . And for being gifted with this dream, such great responsibility is immediately placed on you. From wherever you are, do whatever you can to getting a step closer to your dreams. Platforms are all around us, for which you to build or…