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Cosmopolitan South Africa August 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.

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

in this issue

3 min
ed’s letter

Have you ever got dressed, but then changed your outfit for fear of what other people might think? I know I have, and at times it’s been because I worry that others may think I’m showing ‘too much’ cleavage, or that my skirt is verging on the side of a little ‘too mini’. Often, I’ve covered up my body to avoid unsolicited stares. One woman who couldn’t give a damn about what anyone thinks is our cover star, Nadia Nakai. It’s a topic we dive right into at her much-anticipated COSMO cover shoot. We’re at a 24-hour diner on Sea Point Main Road in Cape Town, Nadia’s latest single Imma Boss is playing, and the team has just finished the first half of the shoot. I ask her which outfit she likes…

2 min
thirst traps: empowering or annoying?

I’m new to the thirst-trap game – and I’m hooked. ‘I’d never been in my underwear on IG before, but I thought, “F*ck it, I look good”’ ‘Earlier this year, I posted my first thirsty ’Gram. It was January, and I was washing dishes in my favourite high-waisted underwear and a cropped jersey while listening to my playlist titled ‘Reminder: You’re a Bad Bitch’. I walked past a mirror, caught a glimpse, and thought, “This is a cute look.” So I opened up the cam, set the self-timer, and had a 10-minute photo shoot in my kitchen. I take selfies whenever I have a cute outfit on, so it wasn’t that different – I was just wearing way less clothing this time. The lighting in my kitchen isn’t the best, so I…

2 min
here’s how normal (or not!) your stalking habits are

What’s the furthest you’ve gone to keep tabs on your ex? ‘Before we broke up, my ex used my e-mail as his backup in case his account was hacked or stopped working. After we split, he didn’t change it. So I’d get notifications of his location every time he signed in to his e-mail. Let’s just say it took me a while to tell him he should change his settings.’ -MARISSA How do you feel mid–stalk sesh? ‘I was out at a bar one night going through my Snap feed when I saw this guy who ghosted me in the background of my friend’s Story. She was having a party, so I decided to stop by and casually run into him there. When I walked in, I spotted him on the couch and sat…

2 min
best month ever

Read 1 COCONUT KELZ’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING THIS SHITHOLE BY LESEGO TLHABI Coconut is a young white woman trapped in the body of a black woman. In the book, she gives handy tips on how to live your best ‘white’ life, while drawing attention to the everyday prejudices that still affect many South Africans. It’s a LOL! 2 EXPECTATION BY ANNA HOPE Hannah, Cate and Lissa used to be ambitious, vibrant and inseparable. Now, 10 years later, things have changed. Expectation tells the story of the highs and lows of friendship, and finding your own way in life. Do 3 BOOKED AND BUSY The South African Book Fair is taking place from 6 to 8 September at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. Highlights include a session with Gugu Zulu’s widow Letshego, and an all-women panel talk titled ‘Dismantling…

2 min
when you’re in a dysfunctional relationship with a tv show

Think back to your worst break-up of all time. The truly soul-crushing split that came out of the blue. You felt like a Walking Dead extra at work. You thought one sobbing sesh was coming to an end, but then you remembered the way they looked at you the first time you flew on a plane together, and suddenly you couldn’t even get out of bed. That level of grief, sadness and pain is exactly what some people experience – literally – when their favourite TV couple breaks up. Consider how social media goes nuts following big break-ups on shows like Riverdale, whose iconic ship, Archie and Veronica, finally split this year and left fans devastated. Twitter exploded with sad, angry, broken-hearted comments (more than 95 000 tweets about Riverdale in 24…

2 min

THE RUNDOWN Archie and Veronica call it quits (again) in season 3, because when your GF’s dad is framing you for murder, happily ever after is not in the cards. THE STAN Natalie Johnson, 22 THE REACTION Depression ‘I cried for days when they broke up. I go to bed sad, thinking about it, and sometimes I’ll have a dream about it and then wake up the next day still sad. I’ll be sitting at work, and all of a sudden, I’ll be like, “I can’t believe Veronica and Archie aren’t together. How could the writers do this to me?”’ THE RUNDOWN OG supernatural badass Buffy eventually has to off her boyfriend/ archnemesis, Angel. THE STAN Maggie Parker, 31 THE REACTION Pain ‘I had to put a sock in my mouth to stop the screaming. I was in mourning for days. It was…