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Kwena Baloyi Image Credit: House and Leisure
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Kwena Baloyi

Creative Director. Fashion Therapist. Liker of Nice Things

Kholeka Kumalo

I was born and raised in Ga-Makibelo in Limpopo.

My work involves being a stylist, fashion therapist, consultant and creative director.

I love what I do because it gives me the freedom to be me.

I started in my field of work because of the need to have, feel and touch nice things. I so badly wanted to have everything, from shoes to clothes. Maybe this was due to my coming from a disadvantaged background, but now it’s more like I was born for it – I was created to create.

My earliest memory of spring is lining up buckets of water to throw at everyone I saw. It was the best!

My favourite South African musicians are Stimela (the late bab’ Ray Phiri), Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai and bab’ Hugh Masekela.

There is no such thing as ‘dress to impress’ in my world. I dress to tell stories and, whenever possible, include elements from many different cultures.

My go-to comfort food is pasta with lots of sauce.

My kitchen-cupboard staples are all in my fridge – bacon, eggs and Russian sausages.

My favourite spring drink is white wine.

The one thing I always travel with is myself.

A country I’ve travelled to that I will never forget is Italy, because the people there app


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