“AFROPUNK Day 2 | Kicked off the new year wearing and channeling Brenda Fassie, an icon and the original punk, fearless, badass queer creative, the epitome of black girl magic. Designed everything myself again this year 🙇🏾♀️
Took some time to reflect on the new year and putting to bed the year that was 2018.
Highs and lows are inevitable, but, I can’t get over the overwhelming feeling of being grateful for the blessings, the big and small victories, the challenges that brought lessons. Leaving a mentally trying job that was once my dream, losing people, meeting people, saying yes to new ventures, realizing how much I have to grow still and learning to be kinder to myself and those around me by paying it forward.
Let’s journey together through Africa. Thankful to the universe and my ancestors for another year of life. Thank you to the people that stuck around and the followers (family) that have supported me continuously, your comments and messages have affirmed me through some of my toughest times. Happy New Year.
Happy 20SHINEteen 🎆🎈♥️” – Palesa Kgasane
Well, Happy 20SHINEteen to you too Palesa Kgasane
What a way to start the year with none other than Palesa. Oh yeah, she‘s rocking long length braids, serving looks and living la vida loca.
(Cue in Beyoncé singing ‘Shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, yeah shinin’, yeah).
This beautiful South African lady is a digital content producer and we love her style. Her style has that vintage retro feel in a manner that depicts culture, comfort, embracing her curves and adds a touch of elegance and chic. Isn’t that a fantastic cocktail? It sounds confusing and a lot of principles coming together but she makes it look effortless.
Palesa Kgasane’s palette consists of a great balance of yummy warm neutral colors such as the browns, yellows, dark colors. However, she’s not afraid to step out and be bold. When Palesa decides to paint the town red, she literally does it. And you best believe she pays attention to detail while she’s at it.
How Palesa dresses truly reflects her personality and what she stands for.
On a closer, Palesa Kgasane is a voice to be reckoned with as she chooses to celebrate women of color.
She is doing truly remarkable things as the owner and creative director of The Mzansi Moodboard. This is a website that “…serves as a platform to showcase creativity in as many spheres as possible with a special emphasis on young, women of colour. People who inspire me. The essence of creativity is about more than your being but about sharing and telling a story. I hope to do that on this platform, a break-away from the ordinary and generic and a longing to collaborate, inspire and grow. Let’s journey together through Africa.”
She is a strong voice for majority of young women of color illuminating our dreams and hopes. On one of her Instagram posts, she says, “I imagine this world to be one where women celebrate themselves religiously and cease to measure themselves against unrealistic beauty standards.”
There are so many articles on the site that have a profound impact. However, my favorite is definitely The Carefree issue.
I could absolutely relate to what she wrote and I think you would as well especially on the following;
- Self-doubt has plagued me in these past few months more than anything else has, we can call it imposter syndrome… so this was me breaking free of my own mental confines and seeing the bigger picture: one that need not be complicated. One that celebrates women of colour, one that encourages individuality, one that is unafraid of authenticity and otherness.
- The Carefree issue is about the idea that blackness and success need not conform to one kind of standard or vision, that black women in all their forms are boundless and have the ability to create work that is powerful and transcends the societal standards. Often times women of colour carry the burden of the world and being carefree thus becomes an act of resistance – from the mental and emotional pressure that we are so often faced with. The colour white has always been associated with peace and it is with that feeling that most of us long to express ourselves.
You can read the full article here
Palesa together with photographer: Aisha Mugo and Graphics designer Carla Latsky created visuals with the hope that when we see them they will inspire us to be carefree in our own way and to break free from our own fears and create, in small ways, in big ways.
Talk about a style profile turning into an inspirational, motivational, paying homage, eye opening piece.
It is what it is. Palesa Kgasane is opening our eyes and ears looking like a beautiful babe.
Media courtesy of Palesa Kgasane’s Instagram.