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Women's Lifestyle
Fairlady

Fairlady

November - December 2020

FAIRLADY is a modern, glossy grown-up magazine that offers great stories and inspired solutions to the busy South African woman.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Media 24 Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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6 min.
letters

WINNING LETTER FIERCE AND FABULOUS FAIRLADY I recently took a four-day break from the real world to clear my head. I’d turned 40 and needed some time to figure out my next move. Tired, overworked and overweight after lockdown, I dragged myself to the local hydro to sip on juice, sleep and think for a few days. My sparkle was gone. I felt like a worn-out rag. On my way out of town, I grabbed a copy of FAIRLADY to keep me busy through the tech-free dinners. The first line of the article ‘Life’s a Drag… and So It Should Be’ [Sep/Oct, 2020] stopped me in my tracks: ‘If you allow someone else’s negativity to affect you, it’s because YOU forgot you’re fabulous.’ And that was it! I realised I had forgotten how…

8 min.
signature style

TheUrbanative Mpho Vackier STARTUP COSTS: ‘TheUrbanative started with one staff member – I did the design, marketing, sales and the photography,’ says Mpho. ‘I also outsourced the production.’ TURNOVER: ‘We are now in a position to employ a few staff members: two professionals and two highly skilled artisans, as well as two temps. We also have a workshop on our property.’ Process engineer turned furniture designer Mpho Vackier is the founder of TheUrbanative, a contemporary furniture and product design company. Her goal? To share African traditions and stories through her craft. You worked in the mining industry for many years – how did you get into furniture design? I always wanted to study design but I didn’t have the money. I got a bursary to study engineering, so I did that instead. After studying extraction…

5 min.
home run

My So-Called Life ran for only one season, but the 1994 teen drama series has become something of a cult classic. At least part of its success can be attributed to its stars: a then-14-year-old Claire Danes, sporting a bright red lob (long bob), and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto, nearly unrecognisable as a broody teen. The role of Angela Chase kick-started Claire’s career, earning her both a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination. Being a teen actor, she says, came with a unique set of benefits and challenges. ‘Adolescence is a difficult time, full stop,’ says Claire. ‘I was struggling emotionally with that reality, which is why I think I ran into acting. I had a hard time at junior high school and was bullied. I hated…

12 min.
‘because of down-lock, i...

...started my own skincare range’ Lerato Lefafa is probably best known for the travel and foodie adventures she shares online with her fan base (leratolefafa.com). When she’s not inspiring her followers to explore the country (and beyond), she works in marketing for an energy company. One of the few whose job wasn’t affected by lockdown, Lerato was, however, unable to visit her dermatologist – which might seem like a luxury for some, but for those with skin problems, it means everything. ‘I suffer from eczema and I have hormonal acne, so I would often go for chemical peels and get skin treatments,’ Lerato says. ‘The stress of lockdown caused my skin to break out badly, but I wasn’t able to treat it.’ From the age of 13, Lerato had made her own…

6 min.
2020 highlight reel

Best groundbreaking documentary Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning For Sama is my top pick for 2020. It not only offers a powerful account of the war in Syria, but it does so from the perspective of new mother Waad al-Kateab, and the love and fears she has for her family against this violent backdrop. MANDISA ZITHA, festival director of Encounters South African International Documentary Festival SONGS OF THE YEAR My favourite song for 2020 is How Deep is the Ocean by Diana Krall, off her album This Dream of You. Everything about it is cool: it’s understated, mysterious, simple, poignant and unpretentious. Her voice is at its gentlest, yet still firmly in control. I challenge you to find a sexier release this year! Another one I loved is the party song Zol by Max Hurrell –…

6 min.
bubble, bubble, toil & trouble

We’ve all heard about the infamous boiled frog experiment. Chuck a frog into a pot of boiling water and he’ll leap back out again. But if you put him in a pot of cool water and heat the water very slowly, he won’t realise the peril he’s in until it’s too late. Ergo: boiled frog. ‘For South Africans, it seems a perfect parable for the experience of living in this anxious, angry, unjust country,’ writes Tom Eaton, ‘where every day the dial is cranked up by another degree with the latest corruption scandal, the latest monstrous crime, the latest depressing, numbing statistic about how our country and economy are fading… Right now always feels normal, no matter how hot it gets.’ It’s a great metaphor. There’s just one catch: it’s not true.…