What is African identity and beauty?

Poet and artist Kristi van Sly: African identity is sticking true to who you are, your roots and africanity she says. She used use a Ndebele showl on top of her outfit to show that. Photo by Nombuso Kosazana
Poet and artist Kristi van Sly: African identity is being true to who you are and your roots. She uses a traditional printed Ndebele shawl on top of her outfit to illustrate this. Photo by Nombuso Kosazana

 

Siyanda Mbuzo-Writer and content producer at Live Magazine in South Africa: African identity is all about how you represent yourself to the outside world, with me I do it with my fashion, I love element of Africa prints in doeks and I think it brings the best out of me. As a Xhosa lady I admire the way our grandmother's used to dress but I bring the new youth element in it. Photo by Nombuso Kosazana
Siyanda Mbuzo is a writer and content producer at Live Magazine in South Africa: African identity is all about how you represent yourself to the world. I do it with my fashion, I love incorporating elements of Africa prints by wearing doeks. I think it brings the best out in me. As a Xhosa woman, I admire the way our grandmother’s used to dress, but I think I bring a youthful element to it now. Photo by Nombuso Kosazana

 

Beauty writer for Elle Magazine SA, Buhle Lidwa: disagrees with make-up not being seen as being African, she says beauty is within and one's Africa identity actually comes from him/her knowing who they are, and being aware, then you are allowed to see Identity in different ways. Photo by Nombuso Kosazana
Beauty writer for Elle Magazine SA, Buhle Lidwa: I disagrees that make-up is not seen as African. Beauty is from within and someone’s Africa identity emanates from who they are, then you can really see identity in different ways. Photo by Nombuso Kosazana

 

Visual artists and content producer, Nombuso Bhogolo: As a Ndebele lady I grew up with color around me, and being exposed to people like Esther Mahlangu, international celebrated artist, who is from my hometown. I started creating my own African beauty out of my cultural origins.Many times I love playing with colour and even if I'm not wearing my cultural clothes, if people ask about my Fashion and I tell them I'm Ndebele, it's easy for them to understand. Photo by Nombuso Kosazana
Visual artists and content producer, Nombuso Bhogolo: As a Ndebele woman, I grew up with colour around me, and being exposed to people like Esther Mahlangu, international celebrated artist, who is from my hometown. I started creating my own African beauty out of my cultural origins. I love playing around with colours.  Even if I’m not wearing my cultural clothes, when people ask about my fashion style, I tell them I’m Ndebele and explain what that means which makes it easy for them to understand. Photo by Nombuso Kosazana

 

Projects assistant at Digify ZA, Mpho Seoposengwe: African identity to her, is about appreciating your beauty as an African, and she says she loves hand made Africa jewelry and handbags and by purchasing that, it always makes her feel closer to home, where ever she would be. Photo by Nombuso Kosazana
Projects assistant at Digify ZA, Mpho Seoposengwe: African identity is about appreciating your own beauty as an African. I love hand made Africa jewelry and handbags and by purchasing those locally produced items, it always makes me feel closer to home, where ever she would be. Photo by Nombuso Kosazana