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Cosmopolitan South Africa July 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
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R 30

in this issue

3 min
ed’s letter

I RECENTLY WATCHED A VERY PUBLIC PROPOSAL. It was at a festival, the morning after a big night of partying. She was in her dressing gown, no makeup and bed hair, as he got down on one knee in front of a field full of hushing spectators. I really felt for this poor girl, as the DJ lowered the volume on his set so all could pry on the spectacle before them. Her special moment had been hijacked, broadcast live for all to see. How rude, I thought – he didn’t even give her a chance to have a shower and get dressed. And what if she wanted to turn him down (she didn’t)? How could she, in front of all those people? It reminded me of my own very public…

3 min
what your name says about you

So what the hell is this wizardry? It’s essentially a big maths problem based on the magical power of numbers (aka numerology), says Michelle Buchanan, a numerologist based in New Zealand and the author of The Numerology Guidebook. There are a few ways to ~nameolify~ yourself, but the process on the next page – the adding-across method – is the simplest. So give your calculator app a break from tallying tips and find out who you should date, your strengths and weaknesses, and even your life’s purpose. Intense, right? What’s your #? Step 1 Write the full name that’s on your birth certificate, and assign a number to each corresponding letter using the chart below. Once you’ve written it out, add those numbers together. Here’s what it would look like if you were Kylie…

1 min
damian de allende…

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF SA RUGBY PLAYER DAMIAN ‘If there’s no rugby, it’s normally a relaxing day on the golf course with family and friends, or I’ll be doing some sort of recovery in the gym.’ KEEP A GOOD CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE ‘Those who influence me the most are my family, my coaches and everyone I have been lucky enough to share the field with.’ OFF-FIELD FUN ‘My favourite part of being in a rugby-team environment is that we spend a lot of time together, whether we’re training or travelling. We make endless jokes about each other – we spend most of our time laughing and enjoying each other’s company.’ REMEMBER TO ENJOY YOURSELF ‘I was brought up to live in the moment. I’m at my best when I’m smiling or singing. For instance, a…

1 min
should you text your ex?

ALL RIGHT, FIRST THINGS FIRST How much wine do you have in your system? Actually, I’m drinking vodka tonight. NOPE! Not a single drop! Is it your ex’s birthday? Yes No Is this ‘HBD’ a thinly veiled attempt at arranging a birthday bang? No! My ex is kiiiind of a loner, though, so if I don’t say ‘HBD’, who else will? OMG, stop shouting. NOPE! Okay, then what’s your justification? There are too many people on my Netflix account and my ex is defs the culprit. I found the most hilarious meme and need to pass it along NOW. Did you get a text on your special day? Does writing on my Facebook wall count? NOPE! Girl, I got a whole-ass Instagram Story shout-out. FINE. Is there literally anyone else in the world who would appreciate receiving this content from you? No-one will snort-laugh the way my ex will snort-laugh. FINE. IDK,…

3 min
best month ever

NEW TO NETFLIX THIS MONTH 1 ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK S7 In the final season of the popular drama, the ladies of Litchfield have to come to terms with the fact that prison has changed them. Piper finds it difficult to assimilate back into society, and they are all battling to find their place in the world. Prepare for lots of tears. WATCH 2 FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW Agent Hobbs and villain Shaw form an unlikely alliance to take down Brixton, a genetically enhanced anarchist. 3 THE KITCHEN Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss star as the wives of gangster husbands in the ’70s. When the men are sent to prison, they become Hell’s Kitchen’s most powerful mobsters. 4 LOL Laugh your heart out at The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, which takes place…

1 min
decoding beyoncé & jay-z’s relationship

THE TILT The elbow pop and hand-on-hip pose is trademark Bey. It signifies confidence. ‘Jay’s left shoulder is angled towards her,’ says Cobb. ‘People tend to tilt towards whoever they love.’ THE POSE ‘They’re back-to-back and supporting each other,’ says Cobb. ‘This shows balance in a relationship. She has his back and he has hers.’ (Also: ‘You touch what you like, right?’) THE HUG ‘Jay’s embrace says “I’ve got you and I love you”, and Bey is totally comfortable with it,’ says Cobb. Check out that smile! THE HANDS Take note of those interlaced fingers: ‘That shows intimacy. The partner whose hand is on top is more in charge.’…