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Local it-girl Bonang Matheba gets star treatment on the October cover of ELLE magazine. Shot in New York, the cover shows the former Live presenter wearing a yellow and black polkadot mini from a collaborative collection by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and the enigmatic Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. Inside, Matheba reveals that she regrets ‘trusting too many people with what’s happening in my personal life’ and that failing is her biggest fear.

Matheba and ELLE’s editor Jackie Burger and fashion director Poppy Evans flew to New York in July to attend the launch of the collection at Louis Vuitton’s flagship Fifth Avenue store and the opening of the Vuitton-sponsored Yayoi Kusama retrospective exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum.

It’s a first ELLE cover for Matheba, who joins international models and music and movie stars, including Alexa Chung, Agyness Deyn, Rihanna and Katie Holmes, featured on recent ELLE covers.

More pictures of Matheba in Vuitton accompany a six-page profile story titled ‘Who’s that girl?’, in which Matheba addresses ‘misconceptions’ that she is ‘a diva, a bitch, a bulldozer’. ‘I’m a sweetheart,’ she tells ELLE’s Annelize Visser, and goes on to say that ‘opening herself to the media too much’ is something she regrets. The article also quotes Matheba’s mother, Charlotte Mokoena, who reveals that she gives the young star ‘lots of advice’ over rooibos tea and red velvet cake, and Matheba’s best friend Mishumo Madima, who tells ELLE that she dreams of seeing Matheba ‘on that red carpet with Giuliana and Ryan’.

Matheba was chosen as the cover girl for ELLE’s big summer issue after an online reader poll earlier this year, according to ELLE editor Jackie Burger. ‘When we received an invitation to shoot the Louis Vuitton resort collection in New York, we knew that featuring South Africa’s best-loved celebrity in the pop-bright prints inspired by Yayoi Kusama would make the issue a showstopper.’

A double-page spread in the same issue captures the behind-the-scenes action at ELLE South Africa’s first New York cover shoot.

The Matheba cover marks the start of a bold new cover strategy for South Africa’s leading fashion title, which caused a stir recently when it brought Solange Knowles to Cape Town for a shoot. Ironically, the news that Knowles had arrived in Cape Town as a guest of ELLE was broken by Matheba who had recognised Knowles on the flight to Cape Town and wasted no time letting her Twitter followers know.

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Happy Wednesday honey bees!!

Make sure you catch me on Screentime with Nicky Greenwall THIS Saturday, talking about my journey in the industry, my EXCITING new projects and LIFE as you know it. I’ll also be clearing up a few ‘rumours’ and setting the record straight.

This is one of my favourite interviews ever, Nicky is a true professional. Jack Parow will also be in studio with us.

So it’s a date: Saturday, 15th September at 19h30 on etv.

Love, Light and Strength: B*

After 5 years on the BIGGEST music show in the land, I’ve finally decided to depart to start a brand new journey. This wasn’t an easy decision for me, but it was a decision I had to make nonetheless.

It’s been an unforgettable 5 years, filled with lots of drama, hardwork, lots of emotion and lots of smiles and tears. Live has changed my life so much- because of this amazing platform, I was able to fulfill my wildest dreams: having my own clothing range, my own radio show, countless endorsements deals, my own fashion line- Baby Star Fashions and ultimately my own production company- Bonang Matheba Entertainment. I have watched myself transform from a wide eyed 18 year-old, to a successful 25 year-old Executive Producer and businesswoman. The lessons I’ve learnt, the people I have met and the places I have travelled will forever remain in my heart. Words can’t even describe the LOVE I have for that show- for 5 years, it was the only thing I knew, the only thing I thought about, it was everything I loved and it was everything I looked forward to, so the decision to leave was not only painful but it was also very scary for me. I’m about to jump into unknown territory and for anyone that has moved jobs, started a new relationship, moved house or broken up with someone they loved, you’ll understand the emotions that come with such a big transition..I am, however super ready for this new chapter in my life.

The new chapter includes a new tv show which will will air on SABC 1 in November 2012, a new fragrance and a new handbag range all launching end of 2012.

It is a VERY big step for me but one that was very necessary- this isn’t the end of a relationship, merely a wonderful transition. I will be back on your screens in a couple of weeks so don’t despair. We ALL need to grow as individuals, we need to move out of our comfort zones and see what else the world has in store- it’s never easy, but the shock doesn’t last forever.

I’d like to thank YOU for the endless support, the unconditional love and the constant “we’re right behind you B*’. I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for you. I always say I am who I am because of my supporters, my honey bees..Thank you for taking time to read this letter, thank you for tuning into Live every Friday night, thank you for listening to my radio show every weekend, for buying the magazines, reading the interviews and for sending me all those amazing letters and words of encouragement via Twitter and Facebook. Thank you for allowing me into your life and reminding me how much my work means to you. Thank you for defending me and for standing right by my side when you didn’t need to..

I love the LOVE, I notice it, I see it and it means so much to me..

Here’s to another 5 years of making great televison and kick ass entertainment..

I’m back in your tv rooms very soon, let the countdown begin..

Love, Light and Strength- Ur girl B*