Noni Gasa is among South African fashion designers that have redefined the country’s fashion industry. She has accomplished a lot in her career by featuring in multiple stylist magazines and winning several style awards. Her achievements and a great sense of style make her a fashion model to many young people in South Africa and the entire world.
She continues to nurture young people who are aspiring to be fashion icons through her bursary initiative and her fashion school, the Design Academy of Fashion.
Noni Gasa profile summary
- Full name: Nonhlanhla Gasa
- Year of birth: 1982
- Age: 38
- Gender: female
- Nationality: South African
- Profession: stylist, television presenter, model
- Noni Gasa Instagram: @nonigasa
Noni Gasa biography
She was born in 1982 in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She grew up in Durban. Her father, Nhlanhla Gasa, who was a businessman, was killed in 2013 by an alleged gay lover. Her mother is Sinenhlanhla. Her parents divorced. She has a sister called Mbali Ngqula, who is a former Miss South Africa Universe (1997). Her brother is called Sinenhlanhla Gasa and is the Managing Director of IPS South Africa.
Noni completed a Bachelor of Arts Journalism degree from the University of Johannesburg. She has a Master’s in Luxury Business, which she did in Polimoda Istituto in Italy. The model has an MBA in Luxury Brand Management, which she did in Shanghai, China, at the prestigious IFA Paris. She studied them as a double master’s back in 2013 and 2014. This makes her one of the most educated local designers in South Africa.
Noni Gasa husband
She has been in several relationships before. The most publicized relationship was when she was dating Kabelo Mabalane, a pastor. Noni Gasa and Kabelo broke up. She has kept her relationship private and, therefore, we cannot talk about Noni Gasa wedding at the moment.
Noni Gasa career journey
She began her career as a television presenter back in 2003, at 20 years old. In 2012, she was a presenter of the M-Net Movies Show and presented other TV shows like Big Brother Africa, Diamond in the Ruff, Nokia Face of Africa, and Media Matters. The iconic stylist has also written for several magazines as well as giving lectures on fashion. In 2004, she was a features editor at Media 24, then joined GLAMOUR in 2007 to 2010 as an Associate Editor. Noni has also featured in several Women magazines such as Destiny, Joburg Style, French Magazine, and others.
The television personality has also been a public relations manager at Woolworths, a position she acquired in 2015 after completing her MBA in Luxury Brand Management. The personality is also a consultant to two ad agencies and a global fashion retailer.
She is a successful businesswoman as well. She has a fashion agency known as FashionFwd that has successful clients such as Unilever and Ogilvy. She also owns part of the Design Academy of Fashion (DAF). The learned stylist is also a judge in the fashion industry. In 2018, she was selected to be a resident judge on Project Runway South Africa, where various young designers showcased their skills in fashion.
In her fashion career, she has been recognized on several occasions:
- Best Dressed TV Presenter for Sunday Times and ELLE Magazine Style Awards (2005)
- Face of South Africa (2005)
- Most Stylish TV Personality for SA Style and Best Dressed SA Personality Award (2008)
Noni Gasa bursary
She is dedicated to making South Africa’s fashion industry, one of the best across the globe. Gasa, together with the Design Academy of Fashion (DAF), offered to educate an aspiring fashion student for a three-year diploma in the fashion industry from 2020. She owns part of the DAF, which is located in Cape Town. She wants to fulfil the needs of aspiring fashion design students who cannot afford fees. The student will also get living expenses valued at R460,000 in addition to the payment of his or her tuition.
The bursary will receive sponsorship from Elna, Rain, and Woolworths. The student chosen gets R5000 monthly to take care of accommodation and transport costs in Cape Town. Woolworths Food gives the student R1000 monthly, while Rain will offer him or her unlimited mobile data for the three years. Elna will contribute a sewing machine, an overlocker, art kits, and textbooks to the bursary winner. The recipient to be sponsored by the bursary in 2020 is Amanda Trom, who was selected as the winner from over 600 applications.
We are blessed to have skilled and ambitious South African designers like Noni Gasa. They continue to put the South African fashion industry on the global map. By helping others fulfil their dreams, she is helping Mzansi move to the next level in terms of fashion. Other celebrities who have the influence and resources should follow in her footsteps.