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Making History! South Africa’s Bonang Matheba covers Glamour SA as its “1st Black Local Star”



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It’s more great news for South African media personality Bonag Matheba.

Popularly known as Queen B, she recently hosted the 2014 MTV European Music Awards Red Carpet and was recently chosen as an ambassador for Ciroc Africa; now has become the 1st local South African on the cover of Glamour magazine South Africa’s December 2014 issue.

Her loyal fans on Twitter and Instagram are already over the moon upon hearing the news, and Bonang had this to say via her official Instagram page (@bonang_m) a few minutes ago – “Proud to announce!!! 1st black local star on the cover of Glamour South Africa!! December 2014 issue goes on sale TODAY!! Hair by @saadique.. Photography by Steve Tanchel…#BreakTheRules”.

Congratulations to the Queen! See some editorial shots below;

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  1. tessa

    November 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    gal stays winning……….SLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. jake ro

    November 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    So are you telling me that glamour has not featured à black south african since the fall if apetheid on their front page.this is the country is still divided as that?

    • Humble

      November 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Yes we are still divided as a nation, but magazine editors reason for not featuring more black women on covers are based on magazine buyers buying habits. Not enough black people buy magazines like Glamour, Elle and Cosmo, sadly. That’s why we almost see no black faces on these titles.

  3. Carliforniabawlar

    November 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Just like the ‘Lupita for Lancome’ thingy….this just reminds me how ‘oppressed’ (for the lack of a better word) black people still are. Can you imagine? FIrst indigenous black person to cover a magazine in a black country?? and they are dancing for joy? msscheww…nonsense and concobility

  4. Iris

    November 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I’m happy for her and I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer, but I was so confused by this that I went to do some research. Glamour South Africa published its first edition in 2004 and is published monthly (according to Wikipedia). You’re telling me that in all that time a black South African woman based in South Africa has NEVER been featured on the cover?! Wharrahell.

    • redbloom

      November 18, 2014 at 1:04 am

      Please you are not a Debbie Downer oh. You are speaking the truth. SA is supposed to be an ‘African county. Granted less blacks than Nigeria but imagine a Nigerian magazine just having its first black cover in 10 YEARS?? And there are multiple successful South African women in the entertainment industry so there is NO excuse. Thank you for putting your two cents. People need to know

  5. benny

    November 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I can’t believe im reading this. I just can’t. Why are we celebrating this? If this is the case then im done with glamour. In our own land we are glad that after 10 years, theyv dimmed us worthy… chai

  6. Zanele

    November 18, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Well, Glamour caters for its market, and that is white female South Africans. Very few black women read glamour, like myself. But I would much rather buy Destiny Mag, or True Love Mag before Glamour. With that said the number of black women reading the magazine is rising and so now the content will speak to us too…plus Bonang is all thing fabulous, so it was a must

  7. Zanele

    November 18, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I can’t believe my previous comment is still under moderation… but, think about it ladies, Have you seen a white South African or international personality on True Love, Destiny or Drum for that matter? No! and that’s because they wouldn’t speak to the magazine’s market. more white women read Glamour then black women. Bonang speaks to both markets, meaning she is true celebrity not just known to a select few, but all South Africans. That’s why it’s celebrated

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