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COVER: ROXY BURGER | The first girl next door who appealed to kids of all races #VolumeIssue

Article & Interview by Star Khulu | Fashion Styling by Bontlefeela Mogoye | Makeup by Precious | Hair by Saadique RyKlief | Photography: Lawrence Manyapelo

Roxy Burger. Denim Jacket, leather jacket and pants by G-STAR RAW. Hair by Saadique RyKlief. Image: Lawrence Manyapelo

 

The first girl next door who appealed to kids of all races, presenting on Ktv to the first mixed audiences of post ’95. What a time… The Ktv kids were goals – not only because they were in school and getting paid but because they looked like they could be our friends. They looked like they were the next level of us and they were friendly. Post many transitions, a marriage and a new, exciting direction, Roxy has Upped The Volume and turned the amplifier on for the power in the woman she is now. TRESemmé was with us, to talk about the woman and her hair. 

How does Roxy the wife differ to Roxy the girlfriend? 

Not much to be honest. I think that I have more consideration for my partner now that we are married in terms of the time I spend working as opposed to the time we spend together. But I don’t think I’ve changed at all.

And mom? How big a role has her way of motherhood and how she treated your father played into the way you maneuver in your marriage?

Massively. I think your parents’ relationship is quite influential on your own. My mother is selfless and I wish I could be half the wife and mother that she is.

You were always a little older than we thought when we were warming our seats with Rice Crispies watching you. How did it feel to be one of the biggest kid stars of that generation? How was school because of that?

School was tough. There was a lot of talking behind my back and things like that. But I was different, I get it. I wasn’t focused on matric farewell, I was focused on building a career.

Dress: Cinnel (Sandton). Accessories: H&M. Hair by Saadique RyKlief. Image: Lawrence Manyapelo

Looking at your peers at the time, that left the industry, what did you do differently to stay in the game as long as you have?

I think consistency in what I do and I try to be as professional as I can at all times. Also, our industry is all about relationships. My ex boss at Ktv told me that if you are consistently good at what you do you will always work. And the ability to evolve and adapt. But I was always true to myself. Someone gave me some very bad advice and told me to pose for a men’s magazine to get rid of my kid’s image. It’s not me. It never was and never will be. Luckily I didn’t listen.

I feel you. The blog for me reignited the seriousness around Roxy’s name. It made me view you as a woman with a husband and family goals. I feel that it gave you a larger voice. Was that the aim?

That’s a huge compliment. Thank you! I’ve always loved to write and did two years of Journalism while getting my degree. I love to create content – I consider myself a content curator above all else. It was both to express myself further as well as a business and brand decision that I made.

 

I’ve seen your fashion take a turn. You’re doing some great shoots and putting great content out – Does “tomboy Roxy” like dressing up now?

I’ve never really considered myself “tomboy Roxy” but I do agree with you that my style is quite androgynous at times. I think it’s become more refined though. And when you host shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Top Billing you have to embrace the sequin – you don’t really have much of a choice! But I do think my style always has a slight twist or grit to it.

Roxy Burger. Denim Jacket, leather jacket and pants by G-STAR RAW. Hair by Saadique RyKlief.

Tough life you live, travelling in couture. What are the clothing items you take to every single place, no matter what? Not underwear. Or shoes.

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Dress: Keys Fashion. Accessories: Woolworths. Hair by Saadique RyKlief. Makeup by Precious. Fashion styling by Bontlefeela Mogoye.

I always carry a scarf on a plane – a light one that can just make you that much warmer if needed. A great pair of black jeans and a white shirt. The staples.

Platinum blonde!!! And then it’s short. Two fashion statements in one. The platinum because it’s so bold and short because we live in such an extension obsessed age. You channeled the rocker rebel so well after Saadique worked his magic with the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Hair Maximiser. Was it a rebel moment for you to go blonde and short?

Dress: Keys Fashion. Accessories: Woolworths. Hair by Saadique RyKlief. Makeup by Precious. Fashion styling by Bontlefeela Mogoye.

Possibly! To be honest the length was out of pure boredom. And actually now that I think of it the platinum was too! I get way too bored, way too quickly! If it were not limiting for work I would do the whole denim hair trend, which is big at the moment.

 We played a little with the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Reverse Wash System. How often do you wear an up-do?

Often. Because I’m short I like the added height an up-do gives me!

Take us back to your worst hair moment? How did you fix it?

Well, recently a stylist burnt my hair with a straightening iron so I’m trying to fix that. Lots of conditioner and natural hair drying for me!

 We’re seeing a lot of our celebrities in spats with their followers on social media lately – when is it time for someone who is considered a brand to reassess their responses and how they respond? Does it matter?

I wish it didn’t matter but it does. Sometimes I also want to weigh in and have my say and respond, but you just can’t. It’s just not worth it. People these days can’t seem to see the difference between “throwing shade” and having an opinion. Taking the high road can be boring but if you’re in this for the long run it’s the way to go 😉

You have a bird’s eye view of the industry because you’ve gone through transitions to keep getting jobs – When you look at the current pool of entertainers, do you think it’s well spread out? Where is the work needed?

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Roxy Burger. Denim Jacket, leather jacket and pants by G-STAR RAW. Hair by Saadique RyKlief.

That’s a difficult one. I think people should be getting jobs based on merit – on ability and skill. Sometimes that doesn’t happen. But that’s life! That describes many industries. I do think we need more PLATFORMS for people. More shows, more content. This is why we should turn to digital and do it for ourselves.

You were recently in Belgium, covering the Tomorrowland festival. It must have been insane. From what you saw, what do we still have to do locally in order to reach better production value and what did you see there that we can easily replicate here to get to a point where we just own our local stages, from opening act right through to main?

Well it comes down to money to be honest. We have the ability; nothing is stopping us there. So that means people have to put their money where their mouth is and support local – go to the events, buy the tickets and create the demand. If the demand exists then the promoters will spend the cash. Our DJs deserve a platform like that.

Lifestyle: Quick 3

  1. I am at my best when I… work out daily and keep disciplined both mentally, physically and spiritually.
  2. Love is… all that matters.
  3. I still need to… clean my car. It’s filthy.

Dress: Keys Fashion. Accessories: Woolworths. Hair by Saadique RyKlief. Makeup by Precious. Image: Lawrence Manyapelo

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