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From Dreaming Big at 15 to Living It! Bonang Matheba talks to Zen on Negative Friends, African Fashion & What’s Next



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South African Media personality Bonang Matheba started her career at the young age of 15; and now 12 years down the line, Bonang has become more than just a household name, but a beacon of dreams come true for young South African girls everywhere.

In her interview with Zen magazine, Bonang goes into details on her life. She talks about the negative friends she has come across in her career, her mentor, what she loves most about African fashion, 5 African designers she loves, her lingerie line – ‘Bonang for Distraction’ and what’s next for her.

See excerpts below;

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On making negative friend in her career
Indeed I have! This is a universal problem, and it happens in all industries. I’ve had to cut out a few acquaintances after realizing that negative energy from people I associated myself with would weigh me down. Letting go of such relations helped me focus on my career and self-development.

On her Mentor
My mentor has to be my mother. She is my pillar of strength; the tremendous support I get from her amazing. She has always guided me through this journey.

Her 5 favourite African fashion designers
Gert-Cojan Coetzee, Gavin Rajah, David Tlale, Taibo Bacar & Black Coffee.

What she loves most about African fashion
I love how the African fabric is so rich in texture, the prints are so phenomenal. I never get used to them. African prints always have something new for the eye to enjoy.

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About ”Bonang for Distraction’
Distraction was created for the sole purpose of encouraging women to appreciate their bodies more, and not to wait for approval from second parties to feel sexy. This range is all about distracting women from thinking they are not worthy enough to embrace their sexuality and feel good about themselves no matter what shape or size they fall in.

This coming Summer is going to be a burst of sexy, yes, I’m literally telling you that the next Distraction range is being launched on the 27th of November 2014. This time around it is going to be bigger and better that before. I’m hoping that South African women will fall even more in love with the range and be inspired to constantly feel good about themselves right through the Summer season.

What’s next for Bonang
Haha, I won’t say much but you will be seeing me a lot.

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  1. bruno

    December 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    “We live in a world where everyone has the ability whatever they wish to be no matter the circumstance or environment one comes from”

    madame you are soooooooooo privileged.

    this is how over privileged people talk and think.

    many of you people are so rich, u cant see the suffering in this world.

  2. Lolo

    December 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Ah on negative friends,I have settled that one tey tey I’m still young n I’ve got a whole lot to do,No time!!!All those that were sucking the energy and happiness outta me,I tossed without looking o,too young for such.Was beginning to feel bad,but I’m glad about this feature, it just made my heart come down a bit,lol

  3. Damilola

    December 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Beautiful words Bonang

  4. le coco

    December 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    blah blah blah.. bonang.. nobody has ur time.. keep talking like somebody that is control of her life.. get out of ur abusive relationship first.. stop pretending lyk u r soo amazing when we all know that behind all this u r trully unhappy.. ur bf is still engaged to somebody and has been for years and u dont care? REALLY!! abeg.. is it not this same boyfriend that u came out publicly to say he hits u.. then why r u still with him.. pshhht nobody has ur time

    • Damilola

      December 5, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Why are you so negative? Live your own life.. let her live hers.. Jsssh

  5. Akos

    December 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    And this is why i will forever love and respect Minnie Dlamini way more.
    Younger and wiser and more humble. Love Love Love Minnie
    Yall need to listen minnie INspirational Motivational speech on youtube. Absolutely excellent and wise beyond her 23 yrs. Bonang, a lil too much for me. Always doing the most. And the guy she dates, hmmmm. google it

  6. Chinco Bee

    January 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    There is nothing as good as following your dreams. At 15years? Thatz amazing……

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