The lady behind OPW

By Misha Solanga
24 July 2017

Sunday nights are filled with awe at Thembisa Mdoda's outfits and now we meet the lady behind it all.

Our Perfect wedding has become a must watch in South African households. Partly for the weddings themselves but mostly for the beloved presenter of the show Thembisa Mdoda and her beautiful outfits.

The woman behind Thembisa’s OPW slay is Itumeleng Dibatane. Itumeleng has an extensive resume that funny enough has nothing to do with fashion or styling. Itumeleng recently opened up about her journey and more to True Love Magazine.

She worked in corporate for a long time and was involved in the inception of Vuzu.

“I started off in Events/PR at CHANNEL O in 2009, leading up to the launch of the Vuzu channel where I formed part of the channel’s ambassadors. I moved onto to a corporate events company for about over a year, got bored and ended up at DStv Media Sales Africa, where I worked as an account executive and later on a channel specialist for the Africa department.” She told True Love.

Strangely enough Itumeleng’s love for fashion stemmed from her pregnancy. She started enjoying to dress herself up when she was pregnant because she wanted to look her best.

“I was never ever fashionable growing up… During my pregnancy in 2012 is when my love for fashion happened to me. I felt like I needed to look 10 times better than everyone else because I was carrying life.”

From CHANNEL O to Media sales at DSTV Africa, she then started her clothing line. Her clothes are inspired by a vintage look and accredits it to the fact that she’s an 80’s baby. She started her job as Thembisa’s stylist on the show because they were friends and Mzansi Magic thought they’d work well together.

“I started my project with styling Thembisa towards the end of her last season before the break. I’ve known Thembisa for years now and we were friends before we started working together. The channel also knew my work and thought we could work perfectly together”

Seems the channel was right to take her on as Thembisa’s stylist because they really work well together. Mzansi’s favorite presenter always looks great and now we know who to credit alongside Thembisa.

Here are a few looks that Itumeleng styled:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BW5rpxglv0E/?taken-by=thembisamdoda

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTPYB6sAc5R/?taken-by=2meleng

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTPXvc6AjvD/?taken-by=2meleng

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTPXoU3gQbg/?taken-by=2meleng

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