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Another year, another red carpet!!

Happy Tuesday honey bees!!

What an awesome weekend I had in KZN hosting the 2013 Durban July Red Carpet LIVE from the Greyville Racecourse. From 14:30- until 17:00 on Saturday I spoke to ALL the A list celebrities and captured all the action from Durban straight to YOUR home for SABC 3!

A big thank you to everyone who tuned in and thanks for making us trend on twitter all afternoon.. See you again at the next red carpet..

P.S: I wore a gorgeous neon yellow dress by Gert Johan Coetzee.. Check out the pics below!!

Love, B*

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REVLON SIGNS BONANG MATHEBA AS SOUTH AFRICAN BRAND AMBASSADOR.

WHERE REVLON HAS LED, THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY HAS FOLLOWED

Starting with transforming nail enamel from a functional product to a multi-coloured tapestry of beauty and self-expression, Revlon has spearheaded changes in beauty since 1932.

From there, founder Charles Revson, was inspired by the style of Hollywood’s female stars to position his brand as pure bold glamour, pushing boundaries, remaining modern and glamourous and connecting with women in a way meaningful to their lives and aspirations. This turned the cosmetics industry on its head and Revlon soon grew into a powerhouse synonymous with innovation.​​

REDEFINING THE RULES

As one of the first advertisers to feature celebrities rather than models, Revlon launched its iconic “The Most Unforgettable Women In the World Wear Revlon” campaign in the nineties. In a time when nearlyall supermodels were white Americans, it featured women from across the globe and was the first campaign to star three black women in a major cosmetics ad. Beverly Johnson, Louise Vyent and Iman represented Black American, Afro-European and African beauty.

A WORLD FIRST FOR REVLON

And today Revlon is once again celebrating the diversity of beauty with the first ever Revlon South African Brand Ambassador – Bonang Matheba. This 25 year old is not just a model or style icon. She is an ambitious entrepreneur, YFM DJ and Top Billing presenter. She is an embodiment of what Revlon stands for – bold glamour.

Forbes named her One of the 13 African Celebrities To Watch In 2013 – and her more than 400 000 Twitter followers clearly agree. As the queen of South African Social Media, Radio and TV, the darling of South African youth, she now joins the great Revlon Ambassadors of past and present, such as Audrey Hepburn, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde, as the Company’s first local Revlon Brand Ambassador.

“We searched tirelessly for a local beauty celebrity that would inspire our beautiful young South African women to own every moment by simply looking their best. B* was the perfect choice and is quintessentially Revlon on all levels. We are proud to finally be able to announce her as our new Revlon Brand Ambassador.” – Pumza Payi, Marketing Director, Revlon South Africa

“As the first South African Brand Ambassador, it’s such an honour to become part of the Revlon story” – Bonang Matheba

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Happy Tuesday honeys!!

What an awesome month I’m having.. After my Revlon announcement, I’m proud to say I’m on the July cover of the biggest magazine in the country- COSMOPOLITAN!! The issue goes on sale on June 24th, so PLEASE get a copy!!

Thank you for all the support and love!!

Kisses,B*

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They have dubbed her the entertainment lady of NOW and there seems to be no stopping.

Bonang Matheba, the 25-year-old TV and Radio Personality has made it onto another power list, after being recognised by New African Magazine as one of 50 African Trailblazers under the age of 50.

Bonang is honoured among other powerful South African personalities like Charlize Theron, Lira, Khanyi Dlomo on this highly coveted list that acknowledges Pan African Success.

Not only has she set the presenting bar so high in South Africa, but her star continue to shine in all her other roles as a voice artist, handbag designer, actress, model and philanthropist. Bonang Matheba continues to show that there is nothing that she can’t do. She has graced the covers of almost every magazine in South Africa and is one of the few women with a verified twitter account with over 400 000 followers bowing down to her majesty.

“This was such a pleasant surprise to me, because when I wake up every morning to do what I do, its not in search of accolades but it is to perfect my craft, so when I do get acknowledged I always feel very humbled” says Bonang Matheba.

Earlier this year Forbes Africa Magazine named her one of the top women to watch out for in 2013 and it is becoming clear why the world must watch out for her. Her swift move across the entertainment spectre from the youthful SABC 1 platform to a more mature SABC 3 channel has elevated not only her level of presenting but also her fan base to an older more diverse demographic.

At the age of 25 the media belle is already referred to as a veteran of the media industry. She truly has established herself as the Queen of entertainment in South Africa, and it seems the rest of the continent is also watching.

The May edition of New African Magazine was guest edited by Ghanaian designer, Ozwald Boateng, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and founder of the Made in Africa Foundation. With a hot line up of African movers and shakers like MTV’s Alex Okosi, Barack Obama, musicians P-Square and D Banj, The 5O Trailblazers of the year 2013 are in a league of their own.

Happy Wednesday honey bees…

How awesome is this? I’m featured in the April/May 2013 issue of French magazine FashizBlack.. They LOVED my GJC outfit I wore to the 2012 J&B Met (picture 1), The famous red pants and jean shirt ensemble I wore to the launch of Nelson Mandela Day (pic 2) and finally, the head to toe Louis Vuitton ensemble I wore in New York to the launch of LV’s Yoyoi Kusama collaboration on 5th Ave.

yay!! Made my day..Hope you like ‘em!!

Happy Monday honey bees…

To all you fabulous DSTV Subscribers, get your hands on the April 2013 issue of the DSTV Compact Magazine. I’m chatting about my role as host of Clash Of The Choirs South Africa. The finale is 6 days away, who do you think is gonna take it?

Tune in this Sunday, April 21st at 17h30 on Mzansi Magic..

Love, B*

In July 2012, I woke up to a Drum cover that TORE my soul to shreds. It shattered my spirit, destroyed my dignity and for the very first time in my life, brought me to my knees. I thought about it today because a friend of mine asked me WHY it’s so difficult for some people to say ‘I’m sorry”. Written by a FEMALE Editor, I was accused of being in a ‘sex orgy’, taking part in a massive drug party and of aborting a child. A picture of me was placed on a cover, and I was quoted from an interview that never happened. I remember reading this article over the internet and collpasing to the ground. I. WAS. NUMB!

Many untrue things have been said about me in the media but for the very FIRST time, I felt like I needed to do something about it because this publication had gone too far. I contacted the office of the Press Ombudsman (who, by the way, are incredibly helpful), filed a complaint and FINALLY received a date for a hearing. The day did arrive- the hearing lasted a little over 4 hours and below is what the Ombudsman concluded from that hearing:

The ombudsman dismissed the complaint that Drum had published sensational material about Matheba as this was not in breach of the Press Code.
It had also breached the code for reporting the unsupported allegations of just one source that Matheba was a drug addict, featured in a sex tape and was a cheat, and for not pointing out that the allegations had not been verified.
The words “apparently” and “allegations” were not strong enough to warrant their publication, and this had caused Matheba unnecessary harm, the ombudsman found.
The magazine was directed to apologise on its front page and inside the magazine for publishing the medical records, for publishing unfounded allegations and not reporting that it was doing so, and for making up quotes or ascribing words to Matheba in the cover-lines.
It was also instructed to apologise for accepting and publishing allegations from an anonymous source without exercising reasonable care in questioning the source’s motives.

Months have passed, the pain has vanished and the apology…..well, it never came. Just made me think that sometimes- you HAVE to fight for what’s right even if the other party doesn’t ‘come to the party’ then, MOVE ON!!!  Remove the anger and the pain. Let go of the worry and pray for the strength to forgive and in this case, forget. I said to this friend of mine that most of the time, the ‘I’m sorry’ never comes. And most of the time waiting for it will only deter you from concentrating on the OTHER amazing things that are happening in your life, in your space.

In my case however, my soul and spirit were at peace knowing that I tried to stand up for myself and the many that will come after me.So many more wonderful things have happened since then, it would be an injustice to myself to focus on the negative or to expect another to acknowledge their wrong.I’ll never know the reasons why it happened but a small part of me is glad it did. I had hit rock bottom, I guess the only way now is UP!

So to you, MY FRIEND – Do what’s right, then move on… God will take care of the rest. Never try to get ‘even’ with anyone. It WILL hurt, we’re human, and that’s fine. God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.. It doesnt have to make sense to you now, but one day it will.

Smile, everything is going to be okay.

Have a great weekend… love, B*

On the 28th February 2013, I had the pleasure of hosting the Sentebale Gala Dinner at Summerplace in Sandton. In the presence of HRH Prince Harry Of Wales, HRH Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Dr Mhinga and Tito Mboweni just to name a few.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen- what an incredible night- definately one of the many highlights in my career..

UK Newspaper, The Telegraph described me as ‘the most glamourous host ever’, *blush*: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-harry/9898533/Prince-Harry-attends-charity-ball-hosted-by-FHM-model.html

SA Magazine, YOU Magazine enjoyed the evening: http://you.co.za/bonang-wants-to-teach-prince-harry-dance-moves/

UK Newspaper, The Standard, writes about my meeting with Prince Harry: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/prince-and-the-cover-girl-harry-meets-fhm-model-in-south-africa-8514937.html?action=gallery

For more pictures click here: http://www.facebook.com/bonangmatheba#!/media/set/?set=a.10151585534256874.1073741825.41260721873&type=1

WE’VE DONE IT AGAIN!!

Earlier on in the year I made the Forbes’ List For The 13 African Celebrities To Watch in 2013, and NOW Black Entertprise has named me as one of the 10 African Power Women to follow on Twitter.. This is what they said:

Bonang Matheba, TV and Radio Personality, South Africa
Twitter Handle: @Bonang_M
Followers:359,956

Known as “The Queen of South African Social Media”, vivacious radio and television personality Bonang Matheba has been a fixture in the South African (SA) entertainment industry since the age of 15. Considered an entertainment icon by many, Matheba boasts a long list of honors that include fashion and style awards, including winning the 2012 Glamour Woman of the Year award by Glamour Magazine. She beat out some of SA’s top A-list celebs. In December 2012, SABC3 (South Africa Broadcasting Corporation), a network targeting South Africa’s affluent English-speaking community, announced that Matheba would join South Africa and Africa’s number one entertainment show Top Billing as a host. With a mixture of national and international content, Top Billing is SABC’s flagship lifestyle program aimed at successful and up-and-coming South Africans.

To read more click here: http://www.blackenterprise.com/technology/10-power-women-in-africa-to-follow-on-twitter/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter