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Cosmopolitan South Africa September 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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in this issue

2 min
donna kennedy-meyer, 41

when people ask me what last year was like, I tell them it was the most difficult, challenging year physically, but the best one spiritually. I found a small tumour in my breast, which was only 10mm in size. It may have been tiny, but tests on it showed that it was aggressive in nature. When I found out I had breast cancer, I decided right there and then that I wasn’t going to tell everyone. I didn’t want pity and I didn’t want to hear other people’s negative experiences with the disease. There is no power in spectators. I wanted teammates. I started a small group on WhatsApp with a few of my closest friends, which was the best decision I could’ve made. When you’re facing a battle of this…

1 min
check your chest

LOOK: Stand in front of a mirror. Stretch your arms out to your sides and raise them up. Examine your breasts and armpits, and check for any unusual bumps, puckering or skin changes. FEEL: While lying down on your bed or standing in the shower, move your fingers over your breasts in a gentle circular motion, then towards the nipple, and then up and down. If you feel a lump, or there is fluid coming out of one or both of your nipples, book an appointment with your doc. So you found a lump – now what? Make an appointment to see your GP or gynae for a thorough breast exam. They can then refer you to an oncologist if they feel it’s necessary. For more information and resources on breast cancer,…

2 min
piliswa mazikwana, 31,

i always say that when I was 24 years old God must have whispered to me, because I decided to do a self-examination on my breasts, and I found a lump in my right one. I went for a biopsy, and I was notified that the doctors had found cancer cells. The lump was almost four centimetres in diameter, and the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes as well. I was then given the option – that wasn’t really an option – to have a mastectomy. I have always had small breasts and they had to remove all of the tissue in my right breast, so I was left with nothing afterwards. It all happened so fast! You remember certain things and certain days of your life, and for me…

3 min
ed’s letter

Earlier this year, COSMO surveyed more than 1 800 South African women for our first-ever national boob survey. We asked a series of breast-related questions (more than 30) and we found that 60% of you wished your boobs looked different. A staggering 74% of you are either unhappy, or only kinda happy with your bodies. And, more than half of you said you would consider getting a boob job if given the chance. I’ve said it before – self-love is no easy feat, and our survey is testament to this. The world needs more Lizzos – who, as I write this, has just finished performing at the MTV VMAs, dancing in front of a giant inflatable booty balloon and surrounded by a bevy of beautiful, bouncy women. It is the most powerful…

1 min
what your iced- coffee grip says about you

Single-fisting it You are ruled by rules and love tradition. Like the type of person who’d eat Coco Pops for breakfast for 15 years. If it works, why fix it? Using a cardboard sleeve This is the Beyoncé of coffee holds. You’re very particular, and you’re not apologising for it. Life’s too short for condensation drips on your white jeans. The clutch from above Ever openly streamed Queer Eye at work until your boss catches you mid-JVN makeover? Yeah, you have. You’re self-assured and not afraid to take risks. We’re just over here praying your lid doesn’t pop off, henny. Holding on for dear life You’re probs a smidge shy and somewhat reserved. You’d rather be alone curating your Spotify playlists than hitting happy hour. ICED YEAR-ROUND? You are all about individuality and have more chill than the average.…

1 min

MOST MEMORABLE MUSIC EXPERIENCE: Crowd-surfing in Reims, France. There’s always good energy wherever I perform, but South Africa takes it. Nothing beats the support you get at home. WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED? My mother. I’m a mama’s boy! STYLE ESSENTIALS: A pair of Vans, a beanie and a white T-shirt. No V-necks. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A PARTNER? Someone who likes reading books – I love bookworms. Sharing knowledge is a love language. MOST ROMANTIC DATE: Dates at home are always dope – when someone changes up your crib and you come back to rose petals, scented candles and some good music. I’m a simple guy. WHAT PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO? I’m currently working on an album and I’m also in talks with Coldplay for something, so we shall see. BEST PIECE OF…