Over 50 000 people rolled up in their costumes to this year’s Vodacom Durban July, on Saturday 31st. Never to be left behind, fashionistas have for the past 114 years of Africa’s largest gathering been gracing the horserace in annually themed costumes, while horse lovers bet on their horses of choice, as they passionately shout their support during the various stages of races.
This year’s colourful and green day saw the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma walk away with a R16,000 win for the winning horse he had bet on.
The ‘Blooming fun day’, turned out to be a spectacle as fashion lovers, celebrities and designers had interpreted this theme into as many creative facets as humanly possible. Most young designers had created for their models avant-garde costumes, with lots of colour and flowers, while the older and mature stuck to classic designs with only a subtle touch of flowers here and there, which seemed to be a favourite style with lots of celebrities.
As has become the norm, nude body painted promotion models could be located in various marquees, which is always an interesting teaser that sees a lot of the male species almost drool all over these girls.
Though I spent a lot of time at the most popular and rocking Miller marquee, that had artists such as Liquid Deep and Dj Fresh woo the crowds in music, it was interesting to see a few Batswana Fashion Design students from Linea Academy in Durban take their designs and work to compete among the Young upcoming Designers categories. One of them, Botho Chalebgwa dressed me up in a love at first sight, hot classic black outfit. These kids impressed me with their creativity and passion, my hope is they find a lucrative market when they complete their studies and choose to return home, which has proved to be a challenge for many creative souls this country has bred.
Last week Thursday I tuned onto Duma FM and heard you interviewing Miss Universe Botswana 2010, Tirelo Ramasedi and one of the organisers of this pageant Safi Sekgwa, whom I guess by now have left for the final pageant. I was really impressed by the two young people and how they tackled your interesting questions. Thus, I would like to follow Tirelo’s progress at the Miss Universe competition, and since it is in Las Vegas and I can’t afford a trip there, how may I do this?
Oh, ya! Like you, I was completely taken by those two. What got me smiling was the fact that the President of this country, Seretse Khama Ian Khama has been so supportive to a point of assisting them with flights to this world class event and even gave Tirelo a Botswana diamond to offer as a gift from her country for a charity action night that will be one of the many activities the pageant will roll up before the grand finale on the 23rd August.
Please follow Tirelo’s progress on HYPERLINK “http://www.missuniverse.com” www.missuniverse.com and vote for her, to help with ratings, rate her 5star. I’ll also keep you posted now and then. And of course, keep tuning in every Thursday 6pm-7pm, ‘Hot Trends with Mpho Laing,’ on Duma FM.