Name: Kananelo Mofokeng
Life quote: “I never had one until a few days ago when I came across this “give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay” –Dalai Lama
What does it mean to be a woman (in this day and age) and what is the most important thing to you as a woman? Being a woman in this day and age means playing different roles in one, like it or not, fake it till you make it lol. It means having different garments that you should wear, each with a different responsibility and being able to multi-task, having goals to achieve and dreams to bring to life. Being a woman is still pretty much what it used to be years and years ago, just this time with a thousand more responsibilities added to it. It has evolved from being just a child-bearer and nurturer to being a bread-winner.
Being a woman means being a super human because we are everything from being that exhausted housewife with a bad-hair day, whose place is in the kitchen, to that playful woman who wears sexy lingerie and nice perfume, sometimes sneakers and a bucket hat lol to that woman with a serious face and hair tied back, who wears expensive tailored suits and court shoes to that male dominated world where she has to fight for her place in life. Women in this age and time have become such a diverse people that you cannot attribute to only one thing. Being a woman in this day and age is so much more than what it used to be, both the good and the bad. Right now a woman’s place is EVERYWHERE!
What is self-hate to you? And have you been a victim of it? Self-hate to me is not being able to accept the things you cannot change about yourself and not acknowledging and celebrating the things that are good about you. Yes, I have been a victim of it, a lot of times. I know most women have, I believe its part of the process, and it comes and goes.
Do you still have issues with self-esteem? And what helps you snap out of it? I hate to admit, YES I still do have issues with self-esteem, although slowly fading away. Sometimes I feel like its part of being a woman because we go through so many changes in our lifetime, both physically and emotionally, and we constantly have to re-adapt to the ‘new us’ that we keep meeting all our lives. What helps me snap out of it is the journey of self-love that we automatically embark on as women, growing up and having a relationship with God also come with a lot of wisdom.
When did you learn to start loving the woman you are? When I gave birth to my daughter in 2012, I also gave birth to a new me who loved herself. I remember looking in the mirror with excitement thinking to myself “wow I now have curves” lol, but looking at my old pics I realized the curves have always been there! Hahahahaha. It’s in knowing yourself fully that you will be able to start loving yourself truly…
What do you think has influenced your confidence? Staying TRUE to myself 🙂
What are your passions and inspirations? My passions are baking and decorating cakes, writing, event planning, entrepreneurship and just empowering other women. My inspiration is my mother, she has encountered so many hurtful and difficult things in her life and came out of it even stronger ad still going, aging very gracefully even *blush*
Do you have any fashion/beauty icons, if so who are they? Lebo Mashile is all of them for me, above everything else I love her Afro!! And I love her sense of style, she is sooooo ME!! Lol. Otherwise, any other woman who is original, wears a lot of African print and vintage, celebrates and takes pride in her natural hair more often than not, is my fashion/beauty icon.
If you could meet your younger self, what would you say to her? To the young me I would say “you are soooo much capable of achieving everything you want to achieve in life, and you don’t have to wait till you are older to start pursuing your dreams” ooh and “hold on to your virginity a while longer” *hides*
If you had to tell one thing to every little girl in the world, what would it be? The very same things I would tell to my younger self.
Where can we find you on social media? I’m on facebook as Kananelo Mofokeng. Everything else I have, just too lazy to engage *tongue out*