- Songstress Thandiswa Mazwai has explained that her unique fashion style was a political statement during the early days of her career
- She was responding to a social media user who asked her what inspires her style
- King Tha said when she started out in the industry, there were hardly any women who looked like her in the media
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Mzansi songstress Thandiswa Mazwai says her unique fashion style was a political statement at first.
King Tha, as she is fondly known by her peers and fans, has explained that her style was some sort of protest against the media which expected women in the entertainment industry to follow a similar trend back then.
She was responding to a social media user, @SinoMakeleni, who had asked her what inspires her style.
@SinoMakeleni had tweeted:
"Hello King, what inspires your style, do you have specific designer that dresses/designs for you? Okanye ke who styles you?... Ndiyazifela nge style sakho (I like your style)."
The Zabalaza hitmaker replied:
"Thank you. My style began as a political statement. When I started in the industry there were hardly any women that looked like me in the media. The media expected everyone to assimilate... and I said no."
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She further explained that her idea was to show young women that African beauty was also important.
"African beauty was important to me because it validated me. I started with “amachokoza” as make up then added beads to everyday street wear and then to evening wear until it became ubiquitous. My idea was to show young ones that beauty in Africa cannot reside in whiteness. Amandla."
Singer Busiswa Gqulu said Thandiswa also inspired her style in some way.
"Bruh! For me she was the reason I wore Long flowy skirts with All Stars."
Briefly.co.za reported that Thandiswa recently opened up about her love for other women on social media.
She had a long and interesting Q&A session with her fans on Twitter. Thandiswa asked fans what they'd like to see in her upcoming documentary. Her journey to discovering she is a lesbian is one of the things that came up during the session.
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