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Bonang Matheba puts her best foot forward as Ipanema’s new ambassador

South Africa’s sweetheart to take over from Gisele Bündchen as Ipanema’s Africa ambassador



Thursday, 29 September 2016: Ipanema, creator of the world’s hottest summer footwear, has announced that South Africa’s favourite sweetheart, Bonang Matheba, will be its new continental brand ambassador across Africa, bringing her elegant touch and love for fashion to the soulful, summery brand.

Named after the iconic Ipanema beach in Brazil, the brand’s fashionable yet relaxed feel has long been associated with Brazilian-born beauty and famous model, Gisele Bündchen. Ipanema’s decision to bring Queen B on-board as the quintessential African ‘Ipanema Girl’ is a bold move for the brand, reflecting a shift towards a more afro-centric focus.


“Ipanema celebrates the vibrant Brazilian energy so inherent in its culture, colours and people. Bonang was the obvious choice to be the continent’s ambassador as she resonates so deeply with Africa’s unique energy, style and the beauty of its people,” says Donny Christoforakis, Managing Director at Intershu Distributors. “We believe Bonang’s iconic style and love for all things beautiful, combined with Ipanema’s stylish footwear is the start of new era that the South African and African market will echo and appreciate.”

Bonang is best-known for gracing South African TV screens as the presenter of hit South African shows like Top Billing and the Afternoon Express, and along with her role as presenter of the popular Front Row a radio show on Metro FM, Queen B has managed to attract a massive fan base and following.

“We want to engage with our target audiences on the platforms they enjoy and are comfortable with. Bonang’s considerable following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram enables Ipanema to share its exciting new ranges with a wider audience and truly convey the feeling of summer heat, samba beats and living life to its absolute fullest,” says Donny.

“it’s truly an honour to be the face of Ipanema Africa – a brand that gives you comfort ensuring you have the most fun, in beautiful sandals,” says Bonang Matheba.

Hit the beach or the streets in one of the latest styles from the recently-launched Ipanema collection – featuring slick summer trends, Swarovski crystals and so much more – available at leading retail outlets nationwide from R199.95.

About Ipanema

Ipanema has long been one of Brazil’s hottest flip flop brands. We proudly present the most stylish new designs every season, with the largest range of flip flops, sandals and wedges available in a spectrum of colours and finishes. Brazil is a nation of vibrant colours, natural beauty, great joy, and easy-going people. One location that showcases this true Brazilian spirit is Ipanema, a neighbourhood located in the southern region of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. First made famous by the bossa nova rhythms of the 1960s, Ipanema is now known for its elegance and social life. With Ipanema’s casual and relaxed beach spirit in mind, we created Ipanema footwear. The brand epitomises the look and spirit of Ipanema and its colourful characters.

The Bonang Matheba Bursary Fund is excited to announce 10 bursaries for 2017.

Calling on all the LADIES with a matric certificate or currently in GRADE 12. Stand a chance to be awarded 1 of 10 Bursaries with me & Boston Colleges.

Send a motivational letter of how a bursary would change your life to

With the letter also send your full details, a copy of your Matric certificate, name of your nearest Boston branch & study dreams.

If you’re currently in Grade 12, please send a copy of your Grade 11 results.
Entries close on September 20th 2016.

Good luck! Love, Bonang. ❤️


EVENTS0-e1462477790811I had an amazing opportunity to host a few members of the press and bloggers to an intimate yet informal brunch at the La Brioche, in Victoria Island.

bonang x brunchI kicked-off the event with an informal introduction, which was followed by a brief insight into my journey and my plans for the future.

Bonang-with-the-press-600x400With the press…

Bonang-Matheba-1-600x900I wore a white top from Thula Sindi, blue ripped jeans, stunning gold belt from Gert-Johan Coetzee and white pumps.

bonang with staffThe wonderful staff at La Brioche. Thank you very much for the love, hospitality and amazing service


Hey guys! I am very excited to announce that I’ll be your red carpet host for the 2nd Annual Uganda Entertainment Awards, which will be at the Kampala Serena Hotel on the 19 August 2016!

The awards celebrate media personalities in comedy, production and best raising star to name a few.






Wow! It’s been a year since Bonnie, Jeannie and I first went live on SABC3 at 4pm!

afternoonExpress_presenters_groupDanilo joined the team a few months later after winning Presenter Search.

NoonExpressWe’ve bagged over 200 episodes…

maxresdefaultHad over 600 guests…

afternoonExpress_presenter_stylesep23We slayed all day…

presenter_style_afternoon_express_ep11And had tons of fun in the process…

This milestone wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible team, the presenters, and you, the view at home. Here’s to another incredible year! Happy birthday team!

Happy new month and happy #TransformationTuesday. It’s time to activate greatness.

We are in the fifth month of the year! It’s so crazy. I guess the age-old adage of ‘time flies when you are having fun’ holds true. Five months into the year – what have you done thus far? Are you still on track regarding your plans for the years? These are some of the questions I pondered on over weekend, plus the importance of going back and being reminded of why I started…



I was tried on so many occasions over the weekend and it made me realise how easy it can be to lose track of things because of external factors; both in life and in the entertainment industry. And it’s also very easy to simply lose momentum and dwell on the noise, the hate and things that don’t build, but destroy.

My mom has always stressed the importance of keeping a journal of all your goals, the progress made and how far you still have to go. I’ve done exactly that ever since the age of 15, and it has proven to be a very helpful tool growing up. We all need to go back to basics every now and then, and be reminded of all the dreams and why you started the things you are currently doing. The purpose, the intention and the reason why you embarked on this journey in the first place; whatever the journey might be.

It’s soul-crushing to just do things for the sake of doing without purpose or guidance. Always write everything down in detail and use it as a reference point every now and then. I have a giant board at home with handwritten notes, visuals and a calendar to help me stay on track when it comes to my dreams. In my past experience, I’ve realised that a path that lacks guidance or an end goal can easily be side tracked by human beings or one’s own lack of focus. It’s vital that you aren’t worried about what other people are doing or saying.

Most accomplished people in the industry (and life in general) are focused on what they are doing, how they can better themselves and better their tomorrow. They zone in on their objectives and drown out the noise, which is one of the most important life rules and the secret behind a lot of my accomplishments.


Always remember; you can’t stop dreaming big just because it makes some people uncomfortable. You can’t stop working hard to achieve those dreams just because it exposes other people’s laziness and lack of ambitions. And you definitely can’t stop your commitment to your ever-evolving goals just because you forgot where and WHY you started or that you’ve allowed family, friends, or the world to derail you.

Here’s my advice if you’ve given up on your resolutions or don’t even have a plan for this year:

  1. Be clear and decide what you want. Make sure your plans are detailed.
  2. Keep a diary and write them down.
  3. Never be scared to ask for help, advice or guidance from others.
  4. Work on them every single day.

Because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Remember the true value of hard work and patience, and always remember to enjoy the ride.

We are left with only seven months till the end of the year. You can still accomplish every single thing your heart desires…. And you know it!! 😉

Till the next blog post.



Hey guys. Can you believe that I’ve had a post almost every single day?!?! It’s CRAZY. I like to take it easy on Saturday mornings. So, here’s my week on Insta!!

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  1. I hosted the Mrs South Africa Annual CANSA Gala Dinner at the Emperor’s Palace Convention Centre. Dressed by the fabulous Taibo Bacar!
  2. Finally rocked my Jays! Spent my Friday Afternoon at the Nelson Mandela Square.
  3. I was at the opening of Woolworths at the Mall of Africa this past Thursday. Shot an insert for Top Billing. Look out for it this coming Thursday at 7:30.
  4. #CapeTownByDay… After shooting Afternoon Express.
  5. I had a quick hair change this past Saturday, thanks to Patrick Missile.

Love you long time,


Hey guys. Happy Friday. It’s time for another edition of ‘meet the team behind the magic’, and today’s feature is on makeup artist Clara Chimeloane.

I strongly believe that makeup is meant to only magnify the beauty that already exists, and not create an illusion. Clara is one of those artists that have mastered the art and is also responsible for some of my red carpet #FaceBeats!

IMG_7859This mother of two from Soweto started her career in 2007, and worked at a makeup studio in Sandton. She is a cosmetology graduate and believes South Africa is on par with the rest of the world when it comes to the craft. She is working on dropping a cosmetics line soon.Roblox Robux Hack 2017

What was your biggest challenge when you first started, and how did you overcome it? My biggest challenge was trusting my techniques. I always felt that the way I did makeup was a little different from my fellow colleagues. Little did I know that I was using a method that worked best for me. I realised this about three years ago. Being different is good. Embrace it.

What’s most rewarding about your job? What makes it all worthwhile? I love seeing my clients shed a tear or excited when they see their face after by beat!

What are the most critical problems faced by young makeup artists? How do you think these problems should be handled? Young makeup artists want fame, and are never interested in the actual work and perfecting their craft. Once they’ve done two or three celebrities, they think they have arrived and can now over charge. Remember where you are and why you are there. Work hard and the rest will follow.

What’s your personal definition of success? I define success as reaching a goal that you’ve set for yourself. I believe I’m on my journey.

Any tips for young people that are interested in exploring the beauty industry? If you are willing to work hard, the industry can be amazing, lucrative and rewarding. Don’t expect the glitz and glam.

Check out some of Clara’s stunning creations below:







Hey ladies. How you doin’ *in my best Wendy Williams’ impersonation*

Red is one of my favourite colour, and I’ve been rocking it for Afternoon Express and for Top Billing recently. For me, it represents power, energy and love 😉

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Slayage! Shooting for Top Billing, dress by Gert-Johan Coetzee, make-up by Clara Chimeloane.

Left: Panelled Satin Maxi dress, R1 240. This signature GJC dress features a lace panel insert and a front-drape neckline. I love the elegant waist tie, which completes the look.

Right: Twist Maxi Dress, R938. This gorgeous dress featured a plunging neckline with polka dot lace insert and a hi-lo fish-tail hemline.

Both dresses are from Gert-Johan Coetzee.



Hey ladies. Happy make-up Monday! Hope you had a good weekend 😉

What’s your greatest asset on a dull autumn/ winter’s day? Having an amazing flawless skin! Well, Revlon SA recently released the new ColorStay Pressed Powder (and the stunning artwork) to help attain silky, smooth flawless finish.

12472727_1199687536750884_9050055642299722920_nThe powder is currently available in 15 beautiful tones, and I am wearing the caramel shade, which looks natural on my skin.

Side note: Apply over your face and focus on your forehead, chin, nose and jawline area using a puff applicator. And for maximum results, layer until you get your desired coverage level.

Also try… Revlon ColourStay 2-in-1 compact makeup and concealer.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)



I used to struggle to match my makeup and concealer before, and I know I was not the only woman that had this problem. Those days are finally over thanks to Revlon’s new 2-in-1 Compact Makeup and Concealer.

#LoveIsOn, and I am loving it!