‘The Quing Diamond’ is a stylist and his speciality lies in making people look and feel good. The name his sweet mama gave him is Thabiso Moje and he is proud of his ‘Kasi’ heritage. When he entered the beauty industry it was primarily to make himself ‘feel and look good’.
What he knows for a fact is that, ‘first impressions do count’ especially for people like him who deal with celebrities and must always look stylish, trendy and on point. Despite the illusion of flamboyance, Moje is a strong believer in the concept of originality and individuality when it comes to fashion and style; he is steadfast in the notion that ‘style is effortless’.
The make-up artist is quick to emphasise that everybody has their own sense of style regardless of how it pans out visually; more than anything one needs to start with a healthy dose of self-esteem. “Creating your unique style helps you achieve a sense of confidence and comfort in how you put on an outfit or how you groom yourself. Style is within you and how you relate with your core fashion persona.”
Leading us to his style tip number one, you do not need loads of money to look good; confidence, a great attitude and comfort make for a super outfit.
“If you are not confident a P30 000 dress will look cheap on you. I am the type of guy who will wear a P30 shirt and people will swear it’s an expensive item from Donatella Versace,” adds the style guru with a giggle.
The bottom line is that you do not need to break your budget to look good, ‘work with what you have’ and do not limit yourself only to the high end and up-market stores, venture out to the flea markets as well. “Wear something that makes you feel gorgeous. Don’t try too hard. The outfit is sexier when it appears effortless.”
Style tip number two; dress for your body and accessorise for you. Do not put on clothes or any other accessories such as make-up or hair that do not complement or sit well with you. “We must learn to dress for our bodies not dress for someone else’s body.
A plus sized woman should not pretend to have a curvy Kim Kardashian body,” advises the stylist. Make up plays an integral role in completing any look. “Both men and women must groom their faces with correctly shaped eyebrows. When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good you do better. That alone can change your life.”
The style guru who studied for Cosmetology and majored in Professional make up, TV Special effects and Prosthetics has an inherent passion for his work. “I was born to do this.” Internationally he counts Reza Khan, a leading fashion and lifestyle advocate as his style icon. Locally he counts fashionable and trendsetting, Mpho Laing as one of his style icons.
“Mpho Laing definitely has style. The woman is simply unique, edgy and breaks new ground all the time.” As to his own fashion items or trends he cannot live without, “I am The Quing. Hence of course my favourite colour is Royal blue. I am royalty all the way. My most critical fashion item, in make-up is my Estee Lauder lip and eye Serum. I’d rather be broke than go a day without it.”
Making outstanding art through waste material
Following one’s vocational calling can be a tall order in a world that still believes that white-collar work is the only way to make a living. No one knows this better than 28-year-old Khumoyame
Addam Ndove, who is a police officer by profession and an artist by vocation. While he is committed to his work as a law enforcer he dedicates most of his free time to making art. Ndove runs a company called Craft-eyed Designs which specialises in upholstery designing, artistic furniture and décor ornaments, mostly made out of waste materials such as empty oil drums, tyres and pallets, among others. The Francistown born and raised lad tells Vibe that his artistic journey started with a passion he had for art and using recycled material to create distinct new pieces.
One day he got an idea to try out a few art works and he went out to collect raw material and got down to work. “I knew I was talented in hand craft but had never explored my potential. I was impressed with what I managed to do. My work was interesting and outstanding. I also received positive feedback from the public and realised that this was something I could do out of passion and to complement my earnings,” he says.
Ndove explains that Art is a way of expressing himself. “I enjoy art because that is how I communicate and share what is in my mind.” He points out that he is also a businessman so selling his craft was not too difficult as he has the acumen. He however notes that the biggest challenge he faces is that a large number of Batswana do not appreciate art and therefore do not recognise the value of his work. Other challenges he faces include lack of operational space and shortage of capital.
He says that shortage of raw materials limits him from unleashing his full creative potential. Ndove currently runs his company alone and juggles it with his day job. He hopes to one day get an investor to bolster his business so that he can employ other people and grow the enterprise. “I would like to get a spacious workshop and showroom, and also hire relevant employees.” But doing what he loves makes him content. “Bringing an idea to life makes me fulfilled. I always feel great when I see my finished products.”
BOMU awards go on…
The 10th annual Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) awards will be held on 26 January 2019 at GICC. Revellers should expect performances from Lister Boleseng, Nono Siile, Perion, Slizer, Matheke Letane and Kwaito Nation among others. Tickets are said to be already on sale through Webtickets.
The awards will also be broadcasts.
Over the past few weeks there has been confusion over whether the awards will go and this week Phemelo ‘Fresh Les’ Lesokwane officially confirmed that it is all systems go. Artists caused a stir this week on social media when they indicated that was confusion and miscommunication around the awards. But Lesokwane insists that there is nothing confusing going on as the interim committee had been planning the awards for a while now, and had even roped in sponsors.
He said that the awards had been organised since last week but they had to change the date due to a few glitches. Lesokwane says that they had opted for the people’s choice approach to awards. “We have given the public the power to decide who they want to vote for under the different categories. What happens is that when you vote you sms the category and name of the artist to 16565. We are then going to tally the votes when voting lines close on 23 January 2019.
We will then cut down the number of entries based on the number of votes. This will make the process easier for our judges, who will listen to the artists’ CDs and give them points.” He further said that having a high number of votes would not automatically mean that an artist makes it. “One might have many votes but with low quality music and we consider that. We are looking at quality
Lesokwane said that when former chairperson Pagson Ntsie was outsed, the awards were still open. “Registration is still on at BOMU office in Kgolagano at Main mall. Those who had registered can check their documentation.”
Last year BOMU was wrecked by infightings following a ruling that Pagson Ntsie is not the legitimate chairperson of the music body. The ruling was passed in August by the Registrar of Societies. The ruling came following investigations regarding adherence to the BOMU Constitution and corruption claims. Accusations of financial mismanagement and poor leadership also cropped up.
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