Actress, humanitarian, television presenter and Audi ambassador, Nomzamo Mbatha is kicking off 2018 with brand new wheels. She accepted her new Audi SQ5 today. Nomzamo was selected as an Audi Ambassador because of her close association with its brand values as well as her own powerful story of personal advancement. With an inspiring professional career and humble personality – she is forging her own path to greatness, is the epitome of “Vorsprung” and is undoubtedly a champion of South African progress.
Let’s face it, we all want to be Millie Bobby Brown. Not only is she super talented – she acts, raps, AND has an amazing sense of humour – she’s turning out to be quite the role model for young women, despite only being 13!
Just last night, the Stranger Things star shared an important message about beauty with her 12 million Instagram followers, as she reflected on the time she shaved her head for her breakthrough role as Eleven in the hit Netflix series.
“The day I shaved my head was the most empowering moment of my whole life,” Millie wrote. “The last strand of hair cut off was the moment my whole face was on show and I couldn’t hide behind my hair like I used to. The only image I had in my head about what I could possibly look like is Charlize Theron in Madmax.”
She continued: “As I looked at myself and couldn’t see my old self, I realized that now; I have a job to do and that is to inspire other girls that your image or exterior part is not what I think is important. What I find important is caring, loving and inspiring other girls. Thought to share my thoughts during this life changing moment.”
However, this isn’t the only time the teenage actress has shared some inspiring food for thought. Here are five reasons why she’s the role model we all need in our lives…
1. She has a Twitter account dedicated to spreading positivity
New account sharing love and positivity! Managed by me ✌️ @Milliestopshate ❤️❤️❤️
She may only be 21-years-old but Zendaya’s already known as an actress, singer, activist, fashion designer and style star. Read: she’s killing it right now.
This summer she starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming alongside Tom Holland, and her second album is rumoured to be on its way. Somehow we have a feeling that she’s about to go from big to huge.
Below, we’ve charted our favourite Zendaya moments to date – no doubt there’ll be plenty more to come…
1 When she made an amazing Teen Choice Awards acceptance speech in light of Charlottesville
When Zendaya went up on the stage to accept her surfboard for Choice Movie Actress; she took the opportunity to remind the young audiences who voted for her about their responsibility and their power to effect change. She said: “With all the injustice and the hatred and everything that is happening not only in the world but in our country, I need for you young people to be educated. I need you to listen. I need you to pay attention. I need you to understand that you have a voice and it’s OK to use it when you see something bad happening. Make sure that you stay educated, and do not let people tell you what you think you should feel. You’re the leaders. You’re the future leaders of the world. You’re future presidents. You’re future senators. You guys are the ones who will make this world better. I’m just letting you know, right now, that you are the future. So take that very seriously.”
2 When she shutdown a magazine for airbrushing
In October 2015, Zendaya called out Hollywood’s issue with “perfecting” women. Posting a side-by-side image of herself – one airbrushed, one not – the then 19-year-old called out Modelist Magazine for retouching her. She posted the picture on Instagram with a kickass caption.
“Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19-year-old hips and torso quite manipulated,” she wrote. “These are the things that make women self-conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love.” She continued: “I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it.”
3 When she made Rihanna sit up and listen
Yep, she’s fast become one of our favourite style icons as well as somebody else’s… Rihanna showered her with praise for her Met Gala 2017 outfit. Goals, right?
4 When she handled Giuliana Rancic’s dreadlocks comment with utter poise
During Zendaya’s first major red carpet appearance at the 2015 Oscars, TV presenter Giuliana Rancic made disparaging comments about her chosen hairstyle, dreadlocks. On the US show Fashion Police, Rancic said of Zendaya’s dreadlocked hair: “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil… or maybe weed.” We’ll just leave Zendaya’s response here:
5 When she shuts it downnn on Twitter
Case. In. Point. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️
When she came across someone cyber-bullying a girl for the way she looks…
Stumbling across this is stupid shit, she is fine as hell head to toe and garunteed does’t know you exist my man. As for her, slay on queen. https://t.co/7IKDJkaQ5F
6 When she waxes lyrical on the importance of self-love
Yep, she’s all about it and it’s refreshing. Just read this wisdom:
If there’s any definition to being perfect, you’re perfect at being yourself – there is no such thing as ugly.
When you get to a point where you don’t care anymore about other people’s opinions and you just do what you believe in, that’s a special place to be. Especially when you’re dressing for yourself and you’re creating for yourself — it’s really cool.
It’s important to find out who you are and love who you are – no matter what you’re dealing with, it’s so much harder and more draining and so much more exhausting to be constantly pretending to be something that you’re not.
Openly loving and accepting ourselves allows others to really see us.
It looks like Shailene Woodley has got a new boyfriend and he is HOT.
The Big Little Lies star is dating Fijian rugby star Ben Volavola and has been posting cute pictures of him on Instagram. Well, sort of – she hasn’t actually shared a picture of his face or even tagged him yet but who cares about the minor details, right?
The 25-year-old actress is said to have met the 26-year-old Australian-born sportsman in Fiji, where she is currently based while filming her new movie, Adrift. Last week, she was spotted at a game cheering on her man, who plays for North Harbour rugby team.
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Woodley, who is known for keeping her relationships on the low, was previously linked to American musician Nahko Bear, while Valovola was dating Fijian photographer Jacqueline Wieser according to old Instagram posts. Now however, the cute new couple seem smitten with one another and we couldn’t be happier for them.
Keep the Insta posts coming, guys!
Taken from GLAMOUR UK. Click here to read the original.
The media personality has been with Generations: The Legacy and she played the character of Nolwazi Buzo for the past three years. The actress stated that she resigns on good terms with the Generations family and that she just wants to invest in her new beginnings.
“My years at Generations: The Legacy has been nothing but amazing. What a privilege it’s been to part of this amazing family. Playing the role of Nolwazi has been nothing short of life-altering. I have learnt so much about myself and the incredible art of acting and I’m forever indebted to the producers, directors, writers, cast and crew and most especially the viewers.”
She also said that it was not an easy decision to make but that she’ll take with her “great relationships” and a “better understanding and appreciation” for her craft.
Mfundi Mvundla said that Thando is one of South Africa’s most talented TV actors and that she has a great future to look forward to.
Thando’s last scene on the show will air on the 18th of January 2018.
Sophie Turner was a relatively unknown actress when she scored the role of Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones. In the six years since the popular HBO show premiered, Sophie’s career and popularity have skyrocketed. The 21-year-old star has 1.35 million followers on Twitter and a whopping 5.4 million on Instagram. People are just as obsessed with her as they are with Game of Thrones.
This level of exposure certainly has its downsides, and they’re pretty obvious. You lose a certain level of privacy after fame; everyone scrutinizes your every move. But there are positives, too. For one, you have a voice that people actually listen to. Celebrities have the ability to effect change in a way that most people just don’t. There’s power in having a large following; it can help you change the world.
And, apparently, it can help you get work — according to Sophie, at least. In her new interview with Net-a-Porter, Sophie revealed that her large social media following helped her book a recent film gig.
“A lot of what I have achieved is about timing and luck, but it is also, and I hate to say it, about a big social-media following,” she said. “I auditioned for a project, and it was between me and another girl who is a far better actress than I am. Far better. But I had the followers, so I got the job. It’s not right, but it is part of the movie industry now.” (Sophie didn’t specify what film she was referring to. She has four in the pipeline: Berlin, I Love You, Huntsville, Time Freak, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix.)
Sophie is a very talented actress, so we’re sure this decision wasn’t strictly based on her social media footprint. However, the concept of “more followers, more work” is interesting. When companies see 5.4 million followers, they see 5.4 million sets of eyeballs that can absorb the product they’re pushing. They think the exposure will result in more sales—which is probably true in many cases.
Of course, this doesn’t mean people with fewer followers aren’t deserving of amazing opportunities. Who knows? A director could take a risk on an unknown actress, and she might become the next Sophie Turner.
Taken from GLAMOUR US. Click here to read the original.
Isibaya actress Thembi Nyandeni opened up about her feelings about what is happening to young women in our country and also gave some advice to mothers.
The seasoned actress spoke to Bona about what she thinks many of the issues are facing young people and how parents can help. “I am a woman and mother. So I inherently play a role of a protector, especially when it comes to women and children, these days our children are challenged my alcohol and drug abuse, and the culture of ‘blessers’. Everything is out of control. This may be because as mothers, we are not doing the best we can.”
She left a clear message for women this month. “As mothers we must be there for our children.”