THANDO HOPA : WOMAN OF THE MONTH
“Women should embrace themselves and say ‘I’m enough’,” said lawyer, activist and model, Thando Hopa, at a recent inaugural Marie Claire Future Shapers 2017 event at the YoungBlood Gallery. Thando spoke to guests about the importance of self-acceptance, self-love and why women should embrace themselves first. “Women need to know they are adequate, and find “enoughness” in every sense of themselves,” said Hopa.
Thandos journey with embracing this in her own life started when she did her first “bare-faced” no make-up shoot (similar to the cover of Marie Claire’s August issue), a fear she had to face on the spot, as well as at the tender age of 11, facing a childhood memory filled with fear. “Looking different and standing out because of my appearance had always made me feel anxious, as I was often teased about it,” she explained. “This first shoot started me on my journey towards self–acceptance and ‘enoughness’. I realised that by stretching my own boundaries, I was doing it not only for myself but also for all the young girls out there who were feeling that they were not enough. The truth is, we ARE all enough, and when we believe that, the world comes to believe that too.”
“It is important to celebrate and embrace image diversity.” As the first black female to be a part of the Pirelli calendar, it’s no surprise that international brands such as Audi would want to work with Thando, who was the face of the auto motor brand’s Q2 Untag-able campaign. (Is she the first black women? Not maybe the first women with albinism? Please confirm.)
“Audi aims to inspire, motivate personal freedom and progress through innovation and always wants to be locally relevant,” said Asif Hoosen, Head of Marketing and Product for Audi SA expressed that the brands participation in the Marie Claire Power Issue featuring South Africa’s future shapers, “goes beyond just investing in empowering women but helps forge a path within South Africa.” Thando Hopa looked stunning on the cover of Marie Claire’s August Power Issue, which profiled 12 incredible female future shapers who are disrupting the status quo as inspirational trailblazers to help secure a better future for South Africa and inspire others.