Women Empowerment

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Women Are Stronger Together


I grew up with a very strong mother. She currently runs an International Manufacturing Company in South Africa. We export brick-making machinery & equipment all over the world. She always taught me to stand up for what I believed in and, more importantly, in what I believed was the right thing.

When Oscar shot Reeva in the highly-publicized case (I’m sure you heard of it), I took it on as a personal plight to educate myself more on women’s rights + the statistics surrounding it, and get even more involved.

It’s why I took on an active role in pioneering the Social Media Campaign for Brooklyn Fashion Week’s ‘Denim Day’ Walk last year to spread awareness of Sexual Harassment + do a passive protest. Read the posts below:

  1. What Exactly Is Denim Day & Why Should We Care?
  2. My Model Shoot For Sexual Harassment Awareness Month
  3. My African In New York Model Shoot with African fashion designer Abou Gangue
  4. Photos From The Denim Day Walk in New York

It’s also why I accompanied my dear friend Lindsay Ziehl to Buckingham Palace in London last year to receive her MBE for her work fighting Domestic Violence in South Africa. Read the article here. If you’re interested, read my article on Domestic Violence Statistics in South Africa.

But supporting our fellow females should take on importance in our personal relationships also.

The power that lies in the spirit of uniting with other women should extend to our personal lives too.

I enjoy the successful female role models around me. Somehow, I always find myself drawn to female creatives. I find fashion designers, photographers + business owners especially admirable. I always try support in every way I can – especially by celebrating their strengths + finding ways to collaborate.

On this note, above is an article of me published in an International Film Compendium by The American Film Market, which I am so proud of! It also moves me to see the incredible achievements of other women featured in the magazine from all over the world. Another great publication like this, more accessible, is a magazine called “Where Women Create”, subscribe to this.

Some people I’ve supported in the past

If you like design, you might also find Cape Town fashion designer Benita Allen’s ‘Chica Loca’ range that I modeled very beautiful.

Want more? Watch the video profile I produced of another Cape Town fashion designer, Ferial Johannes, who dressed me when I did loads of hosting work in Cape Town and who designed the dress I wore to Buckingham Palace!

Looking for a photographer in South Africa? I got my headshot done with a female Cape Town photographer Talitha Snow, and have done incredible work with another Port Elizabeth/Cape Town photographer Sarah Keogh, where together we have shot loads of projects + even landed the cover of a South African Magazine.

When it comes to charities, I’ve always supported 2 hard-working social workers in Cape Town who run an organization called “Little Fighters Cancer Trust” – caring for children in South Africa with Cancer – and have done my level best to represent their cause where I can. (If you would like to donate, get in touch with me here. They could use all the help they can get!) $10 would go a LONG way. I also help my domestic worker back in South Africa as much as I can – a single women raising 7 children on her own.

As you go out into your week, I’m asking you to stand together with your fellow women. In the world at large, read about causes that are close to you and make it your mission to change the narrative. In your personal life, harness the power you have together. It’s amazing how healing it feels to look for the strengths in each other + use them in collaboration to make real progress.

Make a real difference in your relationships + in your world, and remember to “be the change you want to see in the world”.
Here’s to you, ladies!

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What Lies Beneath Shoot with Sarah part 2

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Tamika Doubell1. The Rose. Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. The red rose was also adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christian martyrs. See it’s symbolism HERE

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2. Perfume. The definition of perfume is “A pleasing, agreeable scent or odor”, made up of the word “fuming” – To fill or permeate with fragrance; impart a pleasant odor to. This is symbolic as memories are like a pleasing fragrance to a troubled mind

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Women Empowerment


This week I’m going to a superb event called “Success in Heels”. It’s all about women empowerment and how to be a dynamic, successful woman in today’s world. The line-up includes female guest speakers who will talk about living your life on PURPOSE and dreaming BIG! I look forward to hearing from these women, each of whom are powerhouses in this country. From business moguls to publishers to entrepreneurs to qualified psychologists….The evening will not disappoint! I’m all about women doing it for themselves, and this event falls on the first of spring here in South Africa. What better way to welcome in renewal, growth, warmth and colour to our lives? Owning your own business is fun. I get to work in my pajamas if I want, I can take a vacation whenever I can afford it and I can take on the clients that fit well with my personality. Those are often things that don’t happen at an office job. But with an office job comes more stability. A lot of that disappears the minute you decide to be your own boss. It’s your job to bring in the money, clients and meetings. Here’s different ways on how to get the work you need if you are an entrepreneur:

  • Organic/Search: People find you searching for what they need whether that’s on Google or another site like Dribbble or another portfolio site. It’s a great way to get a client since you’re not really doing much work but it can also lead to projects that don’t really connect with you since you were passive in the formation of that relationship.
  • Referral: Someone that you know professionally or personally has referred someone to you. I’ve just recently begun discounting services when a potential client might have a great list of contacts. If you’re my client and provide me with 5 individuals or small businesses that might want to work with me, it’s very worth it to provide a discount.
  • Social Media/Blogging: A potential client might get to know you on Twitter or on your website/ blog before they decide to work with you.
  • Relationships: We know the client (and in-person) first. This includes past colleagues, people we went to school with or friends/family. While these projects come about from a very reliable source, they also tend to be less lucrative. You end up giving people you know discounts or you get a little lazy when it comes to signing contracts. As time as gone on, you should end up doing less and less projects for friends and family.
  • Pursuing the Client: This is a situation where you reach out, connect and then offer ways in which you believe you can work together.

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