5 Mzansi celebs who’ve made traditional items modern fashion statements

5 Mzansi celebs who’ve made traditional items modern fashion statements

Many Mzansi celebs love to rock traditional items with a modern twist, and we love it! Our stars come from many different backgrounds but at the end of the day they are all South Africans.

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In celebration of Heritage Day, we as South Africans should be extremely grateful for the colourful richness of heritage that still exists in our country today.

Briefly.co.za knows that many celebs get kitted out in their traditional attire for Heritage Day, but there are many who wear these items more than just once a year or only for traditional reasons.

The world has become so integrated that many cultures have been lost. Mzansi has somehow managed to preserve not only its own cultures, but many other cultures too.

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Seeing the Ndlovu Youth Choir take the stage on America's Got Talent, showing off their African heritage with pride, was testament enough that the people of Mzansi are proud of their roots.

In honour of Heritage Day and our culture-rich society, we look at five Mzansi celebs who have made traditional items a modern-day fashion statement:

Sho Madjozi - Xibelani Skirt

Mzansi’s African princess has taken the traditional xibelani skirt and made it her signature piece. Sho is proud of her Tsonga heritage and has managed to make this traditional piece an international hit.

Cassper Nyovest – Durag

Mr Nyovest has brought back a historical piece that spreads itself to almost all African people all over the globe.

The durag was originally called a ‘do-rag’ as it simply was a rag that one covered their head with to protect their ‘do. However, in the 2000s, the durag became a fashion statement among the hip-hop scene and Cassper has, over the past year or so, started to wear it again, making it a part of his style.

Thapelo Mokoena – Fez Hat

Literally, Thapelo can make anything look as good as a tailored suit, even a fez hat. The hunky star brought the traditionally North African fez hat (also known as a tarboosh by Morroccans) back into fashion by incorporating it into his classic and classy style.

The fez hat has also been known to have been worn in Greece and the Balkans.

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Nomzamo Mbatha – African Patterns and Beads

Representing Mzansi on at an international level, Nomzamo has been able to showcase the beauty of traditionally African prints and accessories by incorporating them into her modern looks.

There truly is something captivating about bright fabrics covered in ethnic patterns.

Zoleka Mandela – Doek

The doek is traditionally worn in Southern Africa and Western Africa by women. It is worn for many different reasons, be it simply as a fashion statement or a sign of respect during mourning.

Zoleka proudly wears a doek for both traditional and style reasons. Wearing a doek to Zoleka is a part of who she is. Zoleka wears doeks in many colours, patterns and sizes, and she wears them with every day out fits too, not only traditional attire.

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