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Cosmopolitan South Africa May - June 2019

COSMOPOLITAN magazine is one of the most successful women's glossy magazines in South Africa; an indispensable read for a tribe of loyal Fun, Fearless Females.  COSMO is the magazine for woman in her freedom years, the ambitious young woman’s bible.  The dominant force in the young girl’s life, from guys to beauty, sex, careers, fashion and money matters. It encourages women to embrace all that it means to be fun and fearless. Please note: this digital version of the magazine does not include the covermount items you would find on printed newsstand copies.

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South Africa
Associated Magazines (Pty) Ltd
Back issues only
R 30

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

Earlier this I had year an environmental awakening of sorts. I was on a riverboat in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. We were headed towards Saigon, and as the tide dragged out the water level dropped. Beneath it revealed an underbelly of plastic, two metres high and thick with sludge. The water was a putrid brown, and the air above was with a foul stench. It felt moggy like the apocalypse, yet this was 2019. On my flight back to Cape Town I watched a documentary (Fashion’s Dirty Secrets) by British television journalist Stacey Dooley. In it she explores the shocking impact our insatiable appetite for cheap clothing is having around the world. Globally, we’re producing more than 100-billion new garments from new fibres every single year, and recent claims place the fashion…

1 min
eco picks

1 Ditch plastic takeaway and use this cups William Morris coffee cup instead – it’s made from bamboo fibre and corn starch. R245 at Yuppiechef.com 2 The average lifespan of a reusable bag can equate to more than 700 disposable plastic bags! These bags are made from 40% recycled nylon sourced from -consumer waste. pre They hold two to three plastic bags worth of goods. R59 at Mybaguse.com 3 Hey Gorgeous is a local beauty brand that uses only certified organic, naturally harvested botanical ingredients. You can even return used jars and bottles to their stores to be autoclaved and recycled. Hey Gorgeous Kombucha & Matcha Serum, R525 at Hey-gorgeous.co.za Open your Facebook app Search ‘QR code’ Tap the QR-code scanner Scan to shop!…

3 min
best month ever

New to Showmax This Month 1 Get Artsy South Africa’s largest and most loved arts festival is back. The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown will take place from 27 June to 7 July 2019, and the entire town becomes a hub of artistic activity. Enjoy the hypnotic beats of Mafikizolo (right) or laugh till you cry with Dylan Moran’s stand-up comedy. Get your tickets and indulge your creative juices. 2 Lights, Camera, Fashion! The Vodacom Durban July is on 6 July at Greyville Racecourse. The fashion theme for this year’s horse-racing event is ‘Stars of Africa’. Get ready to get your sparkle on! 3 Insecure S3 We’re all obsessed with Issa’s love life and now you can binge-watch season three. The show follows the friendship of two black women, Issa and Molly, played by award-winning actresses…

1 min
cosmo guy o n winst duke

GO AHEAD – TAKE A GOOD, HARD LOOK ‘I’m a really big man. To be fully seen, embraced, taken in visually and appreciated in a world where sometimes I’ve felt invisible is really sexy to me.’ HE TOTALLY HAS A GIRLFRIEND ‘With anything you value, exposing it to the world before it’s ready is a really dangerous thing. I share very sparsely the information I treasure so much. Only you can define your relationship.’ HE’S DOWN TO TALK IT OUT ‘Communication is the key to everything. If you can talk can , you survive. Once people start using actions as their main mode of expression, that’s when things get bad.’ THE CHARM? HE GOT IT FROM HIS MAMA ‘I grew up thinking of her as this superwoman. As I became an adult, I started seeing her as…

2 min
epic tattoo fails

‘My sisters and I agreed to get the same tattoo of an infinity sign with three hearts on our wrists, but because middle sister lives hours my away from me and my older sister, we had to get them separately. I was the first one to get mine and loved it! But when I showed my sisters in person, they decided the infinity symbol was too big and that they didn’t want to do it any more. Still bitter.’ -LEXI, 22 ‘While drinking with a friend, I said I wanted an ass tat right then and there. She was very supportive. I finished beer hit a tattoo my , up parlour, and ended up with the ugliest blue-and-purple butterfly in existence. I sat on it afterwards, so the tattoo healed poorly,…

1 min
the quickie

My happy place: Whidbey Island, Washington, eating pie and grilled cheese at Greenbank Farm. One thing everyone should do in their 20s: Go on a road trip with your buddies! My weirdest quirk: I am always readjusting and resetting my jaw. It looks like I’m constantly chewing gum. Something I used to worry about but don’t more: I used to be any so scared to to the . go gym I was really intimidated by the people there. One day, I just woke up and told myself I can’t be afraid of something that will make me stronger. What really works my last nerve: When someone I’ve never met asks me to follow them on Instagram. Current MCM: John Krasinski. Current WCW: [Actress] María Gabriela de Faría. I have a…