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House of Zwide cast celebrate 'Beauty' issue of SMag

Latest issue has three different covers honouring the ‘Black is Beautiful’ mantra

Cast of House of Zwide, Tsakane Sono, Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson, Warren Masemola, Candice Modiselle, Wanda Zuma and attendees at SMag Beauty Issue cover launch.
Cast of House of Zwide, Tsakane Sono, Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson, Warren Masemola, Candice Modiselle, Wanda Zuma and attendees at SMag Beauty Issue cover launch.
Image: Mpho Maponyane

The House of Zwide cast joined A-listers Candice Modiselle, Makgotso M, Gabisile Tshabalala, Bobby Blanco, Tsakane Sono and Paledi Segapo at the invite-only soirée that celebrated the Beauty issue of Sowetan S Mag.

Cover stars Warren Masemola, Wanda Zuma and Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson were also in attendance at the Opera Bar Lounge in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Wednesday night.

The cast of the e.tv soapie at the party included Motlatsi Mafatshe, Nefisa Mkhabela, Paballo Mavundla and Shalate Sekhabi. 

Social media influencer Bobby Blanco and SMag Editor-in-chief Emmanuel Tjiya.
Social media influencer Bobby Blanco and SMag Editor-in-chief Emmanuel Tjiya.
Image: Mpho Maponyane

The latest issue of SMag, released last Friday, has three different covers featuring Connie Ferguson and Matsunyane-Ferguson; Azania and Shamiso Mosaka as well as Masemola and Zuma. 

The edition is dedicated to the attainment and celebration of all things beauty, skincare and mental health. Revitalising the iconic self-love mantra “Black is Beautiful”, the cover stars and those featured inside prompted readers to pick up the mirror of identity and culture in honour of what makes us beautiful.  

Actor and film director Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson.
Actor and film director Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson.
Image: Mpho Maponyane

“When we got on set, I was like ‘ayy yoh!’ Let’s play. I love playing with fashion and with my looks. And having an opportunity to do that in front of the camera is stellar,” said Matsunyane-Ferguson, dressed in an all-black sequined ensemble. 

“When I first saw it on social media I was like, this is crazy – seeing myself in that light on a cover at my age because the last time I did a cover I was 15 (now 30), that full circle moment for me was quite emotional and beautiful. “  

Miss Soweto 2022 Tsakane Sono with her mother Claudia.
Miss Soweto 2022 Tsakane Sono with her mother Claudia.
Image: Mpho Maponyane

Miss Soweto 2023, Sono, attended with her mother Claudia. Sono said she was honoured to be part of the issue.

“It’s been exciting to be part of such a ground-breaking issue of the magazine. To share the pages with the likes of Connie Ferguson and Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson and Azania and Shamiso Mosaka... is truly humbling.” 

Actor Warren Masemola.
Actor Warren Masemola.
Image: Mpho Maponyane

Masemola, who has been living with alopecia for most of his life, said being given the freedom to talk about mental health in the realm of beauty was a highlight for him.

“It’s a great platform if you understand that the audience is going to be listening and paying attention with so much respect and would give back that respect to the situations of mental health and alopecia. The more we talk about things the more people get to know about them,” Masemola said.

Actor Wanda Zuma and Paballo Mavundla.
Actor Wanda Zuma and Paballo Mavundla.
Image: Mpho Maponyane

Joking about how the Ephymol yellow-checked suit he donned on the cover was one size too small, Zuma said it was memorable to share the cover with Masemola.

“Having Warren as this OG who has been on screen for the longest time and passing that on to someone who is coming onto the scene and hoping to do half of what he has done – the headline captured it all for me,” Zuma said. 

Actor Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson and SMag Editor-in-chief Emmanuel Tjiya.
Actor Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson and SMag Editor-in-chief Emmanuel Tjiya.
Image: Mpho Maponyane

 Dressed in a white suit with printed blue floral, SMag editor-in-chief Emmanuel Tjiya added: “We looked at beauty through the lens of intergenerational beauty. With the mother and daughter Azania and Shamiso cover, it focused on the intimacy of skin, and the other cover (Connie and Lesedi) we looked at the politics of hair. The SMan cover looked at the culture of the evolution leading man. SMag is not focused on creating pretty images. We want to create conversation in the industry about beauty, culture and identity.”

Designer Paledi Segapo, SMag Editor-in-chief Emmauel Tjiya and journalist Craig Jacobs.
Designer Paledi Segapo, SMag Editor-in-chief Emmauel Tjiya and journalist Craig Jacobs.
Image: Mpho Maponyane
SMag Beauty editor Nokubonga Thusi.
SMag Beauty editor Nokubonga Thusi.
Image: Mpho Maponyane
Actor Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson and friends.
Actor Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson and friends.
Image: Mpho Maponyane
Publicist Karabo Nkabinde.
Publicist Karabo Nkabinde.
Image: Mpho Maponyane
House of Zwide actors Shalate Sekhabi and Wanda Zuma.
House of Zwide actors Shalate Sekhabi and Wanda Zuma.
Image: Mpho Maponyane
Entertainment reporter Joy Mphande
Entertainment reporter Joy Mphande
Image: Mpho Maponyane
Miss Soweto 2022 Tsakane Sono and actor Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson.
Miss Soweto 2022 Tsakane Sono and actor Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson.
Image: Mpho Maponyane
Celeste Khumalo
Celeste Khumalo
Image: Mpho Maponyane
Actor Makgotso M.
Actor Makgotso M.
Image: Mpho Maponyane
House of Zwide actors Gabisile Tshabalala and Motlatsi Mafatshe.
House of Zwide actors Gabisile Tshabalala and Motlatsi Mafatshe.
Image: Mpho Maponyane
Designer Paledi Segapo, veteran Entertainment reporter Jerry Mofokeng and friend.
Designer Paledi Segapo, veteran Entertainment reporter Jerry Mofokeng and friend.
Image: Mpho Maponyane
House of Zwide actors Shalate Sekhabi and Nefisa Mkhabela.
House of Zwide actors Shalate Sekhabi and Nefisa Mkhabela.
Image: Mpho Maponyane

A recap of SMag's Beauty issue cover party, which took place at the Opera Bar Lounge in Rosebank with A-list guest appearances by Warren Masemola, Wanda Zuma, Makgotso M, Candice Modiselle, Nefisa Mkhabela, Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson and more. Credit: Ray Manzana

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