5 Minutes with Jo-Ann Strauss

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05 June 2014

Former Miss South Africa and businesswoman Jo-Ann Strauss is one of the nominees for Most Stylish Female Celeb at this year's sparkling YOU Spectacular Awards -- and it's not hard to see why. YOU caught up with new mom Jo-Ann to see what she's been up to.

Former Miss South Africa and businesswoman Jo-Ann Strauss is one of the nominees for Most Stylish Female Celeb at this year's sparkling YOU Spectacular Awards -- and it's not hard to see why! YOU caught up with new mom Jo-Ann to see what she's been up to.

What is your fondest memory of playing dress-up as a little girl?

I would love running around in my mom’s high heels and think I must have ruined a few of her favourite pairs. I also remember a particular blue and white dress with chiffon that my mom had worn as a bridesmaid in the seventies that I would often steal from her cupboard and pretend to attend tea-parties in.

You are nominated in the Most Stylish category for YOU Spectacular – where do you get your style inspiration from?

I admire people who are courageous when it comes to style and who embrace what nature has blessed them with – Solange Knowles, Lindiwe Suttle and Nicole Richie are some of the women I admire for their style. Johnny Depp is the most stylish man – I wish I had his style attitude on the red-carpet.

 Who is your favourite designer?

In SA – Gideon – he is my go-to-guy and designed the most beautiful dresses I own – my wedding dresses!

Jo-Ann's style icons are Solange Knowles, Lindiwe Suttle and Nicole Richie. PHOTO: Provided Jo-Ann's style icons are Solange Knowles, Lindiwe Suttle and Nicole Richie. PHOTO: Provided

What is your favourite city (internationally) to shop in?

I love Florence, Italy, as I know where the outlet stores are – including Roberto Cavalli.

What are the top three items in your cupboard that you would have difficulty giving away?

My wedding dress for sure, my bright orange Louis Vuitton leather handbag and my favourite studded Louboutins.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Lots. I collect them and display them in my bookshelves in my office too.

Which three items of clothing should not be found in any woman’s closet?

Badly fitting underwear, Crocs and socks with holes in them.

What is on your bedside at the moment?

An Aden and Anais burp cloth. Even burp cloths should be stylish with modern moms.

What activity/hobby helps you relax?

I enjoy long walks on the beach or promenade with my husband and son.

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