We caught up with our “ROAR” cover girl Bonang “Queen B*” Matheba
With over 1 million combined Twitter and Facebook fans, there is no denying that Bonang Matheba is South Africa’s It Girl. 2013 was deemed the “Year of Bonang”, due to the major power moves this vibrant TV Presenter has made. From joining SABC3’s Lifestyle Magazine – Top Billing at just 25, to being named the first Brand Ambassador for Revlon SA, making Forbes Magazine People to Watch in Africa list and one of New African’s Trailblazers, we couldn’t have picked a more deserving cover girl.
HOW HAS YOUR DAY BEEN SO FAR?
A: “It has been manic! This is my first Previdar Cover! Can you believe that?! We are here to celebrate Brutal Fruit’s newest variant Mango-Goji. What better way to celebrate than with a high-fashion spread? As you may know, I have been a Brutal Fruit Ambassador for years and I’m excited to still be a part of this journey. I can’t wait to see the issue”.
HOW HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE SHOOTING WITH PREVIDAR BEEN? “It was really good and fun, I love working with photographers who are really quick and who know exactly what they want. I love fun and sexy shoots because I’m very comfortable with my body and how I look and it’s very seldom that I get to show the fun side of me.
I’ve also learned that people have always made me aware that I’m always covered up and that I don’t often showcase the fun/party girl in me which is another reason that contributed to me doing this shoot and I loved it”.
THERE WAS A PERIOD WHEN YOU WERE ON ‘LIVE’ WHERE YOU WERE JUST A TV PRESENTER & ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYONE TUNED IN TO SEE THE ‘BONANG MAGIC’. WHAT DID YOU TAP INTO THERE? “For me it was important to first build my presenting skills and make sure that I had everything under control and, if you remember clearly, Andile was there as well so I basically knew my place which gave me more room to learn and cultivate my talent. Then after that, when I felt my presenting was strong, I then focused on my look because you don’t want to now focus on your image while your presenting is eyebrow-raising.”
*HOW DOES YOUR FAMILY RECEIVE YOU?
A: “My family treats me the way they’ve always treated me, they love what I do but they still treat me the same way they did years ago and that’s comforting because that grounds me. I want to be grounded and I don’t want them to treat me any different really.”
*WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE COMMON MISCONCEPTION ABOUT BONANG?
A: “That I’m a bit of a diva, I’m not a nice person, I’m bitchy – I trample on people just to get what I want. I work very hard and then when people meet me they get rather disappointed when they find out that I’m none of those things – how chilled and relaxed I am. “
*DO YOU THINK YOU’RE FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS?
“Not at all! It’s definitely because of my talents. None of what I have comes from being famous – it comes from my hard work.”
*DO YOU EVER GET TIRED OF BEING BONANG; BEING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA & DOCUMENTED ALL THE TIME?
“No, absolutely not. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, it’s a part of who I am, and it is a purpose. Something that I know I was put on this earth for, so I live it. I love this.”
*YOU TURNED DOWN THE OFFER TO BE ON THE COVER OF PLAYBOY, AFTER YOU WERE ON THE COVER OF FHM. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FHM? LOOKING AT IT, IT’S JUST AS CONTROVERSIAL.
A: “Playboy is nudity, that’s where you can see Bonang’s private parts, so that’s the difference. FHM is all about lingerie: a celebration of sensuality and sexuality. Look at it this way; I’d go to the beach in a bikini but I wouldn’t go to the beach naked.”
*ARE WE EVER GOING TO SEE B*DAZZLED ON OUR TV SCREENS?
A: “Never – because it’s a special present that I’ve given to the people that follow and love me. I don’t want to put my life out there like that. I don’t need a reality show, I’m not needed to be on TV as I’m already exposed enough. It not going to add or subtract anything from my life – I’m very solid in who I am and what I have.”
* YOU SEEM TO HAVE THE PERFECT LIFE AND IN CONTROL, IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR LIFE YOU’D LIKE TO CHANGE?
The difficulty in your life is when you don’t know if it’s time for you to settle down and have a family, or concentrate on your ever flourishing career. That’s it. And also I think that is the one thing a lot of women will struggle with.
*WHEN SHOULD WE EXPECT THAT FROM YOU? MARRIAGE, A CHILD – THE WORKS?
Every girl sees themselves walking down the aisle, of course. I’m Cancerian, so I was a born mother. As to when is that going to happen in my life – I don’t know – but not now.
*IN WHAT DRESS?
Elie Saab. I was at his Parisian boutique a month ago and I was walking around I was moved, shifted. What I saw there made me decide right there that this is what I’m going to walk down the aisle in. Or Mark Hazer and Zuhair Marad. Everybody else likes Vera Wang but I think that’s a little overrated.
*WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO YOUR MIND WHEN YOU WAKE UP?
“Activate greatness!” Basically; how are we going to be great today so that we can be bigger and better than yesterday?
*WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO BE LIKE YOU?
You have to be born for this, you can’t teach someone to be captivating and entertaining . Although you can be taught – but you have to love it because the entertainment industry is not as glamorous as we all think. Yes there are those moments but its dog eat dog eat dog and eat the mother’s dog. That’s how tough it is and you obviously have to have a thick skin. Just find something you love and get someone to pay you for it – that’s what I say!
*LOOKING BACK IN HISTORY, WE’VE HAD A NUMBER OF ‘IT’ GIRLS AND THEY ALL SEEM TO HAVE DISAPPEARED. HOW DO YOU KEEP ON GOING?
Lee-anne Manus once said; “calling Bonang an It-Girl is actually an understatement because she’s more than that” which I think was so nice – I’m just putting it out there.
*THE WHAT DO WE CALL YOU?
I don’t know, I really don’t know. I think you call me whatever you want. Whether I’m an It-Girl, TV presenter, fashion icon, whether I’m somebody that you look up to , a role model – I just want people to call me whatever they want. Like Coca Cola, the brand, it is different in everybody else’s lives, you and I don’t look at Coke the same way. With that being said, I don’t expect anyone to see me the same way.
Ending off the conversation she hinted that she has quite a number of things in the pipeline but that she is keeping her cards close to her chest. She did however mention something about “clothes” but left it to our imagination as to exactly what type of clothing she was referring to. And that was the epitome of the great lady herself – when the queen speaks, you listen – and question no more!