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We are so excited share our September issue with you. It took some 200 hours, over 50 people across 12 000 kilometres, six hours of jet lag, hundreds of emails, WhatsApp and Skype messages to put together. We couldn’t be prouder of the dynamic individuals who contributed to it. Here are just ten reason we have no doubt you will feel the love as soon as you get your hands on the issue:

  1. LIYA KEBEDE: Philanthropist, activist, actress and supermodel Liya Kebede covers our September issue in an ELLE South Africa exclusive, shot by world renowned fashion photographer Marc Baptiste.
  2. ORANGE CULTURE: Nigerian designer Adebayo Okelawal, founder of the Orange Culture brand has made waves locally and internationally, having shown at South African Menswear Week as well as Pitti Uomo in Milan. We chat to him about his brand and his latest collection
  3. NAIROBI: We chat to Cynthia Mbaru, founder of Kenyan-based online store Ichyulu.
  4. MISSIBABA: We visit the luxury label’s studio as they open their doors to the ELLE team for a day of creativity and bespoke design.
  5. SPRING SHOPPING: Our fashion team has looked far and wide for some of the hottest pieces to get your spring wardrobe off to a fashionable start.
  6. SHOE GAME: The mule is back with a bang. Rush on over to page 56 to see our fashion director Tarryn Oppel’s selection of some of the best versions available.
  7. THE MAPONYA WOMEN: Naledi Mabuse talks to us about the inspiring women in her life. Her late grandmother, philanthropist and entrepreneur Marina Maponya, as well as her mother Chichi Maponya of the well-known success story of The Maponya Group.
  8. ELLE BOSS: Our editor-in-chief Emilie Gambade travels to France with ELLE Boss winner Stacey Brewer to experience the magic of the house of Veuve Clicquot
  9. THE BOYS BORROW FROM THE GIRLS AND THE GIRLS BORROW IT RIGHT BACK: Our fashion director Tarryn Oppel presents the best from local designers recently shown at South African Menswear Week.
  10. THE BEST OF LOCAL SELF-CARE: Our beauty editor Nicole Newman rounds up the of local balms, oils and scrubs to treat your body and skin.

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