Khanyi Dhlomo: Lady of luxe

2013-05-14 09:30

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This media mogul is bringing luxury labels to South Africa.

She was 20 when she become SABC1’s first black newscaster, and 22 when she became editor of True Love.

Following a stint in Paris heading up South Africa’s Tourism office and then completing an MBA at Harvard in the States, Khanyi – daughter of the late political figure Oscar Dhlomo – launched Ndalo Media, publishers of Destiny and Destiny Man.

Her newest project is Luminance, a luxury fashion and lifestyle concept store in Hyde Park, Joburg.

Where did you grow up and what inspired your love of print media?

I grew in KwaZulu-Natal. I won a cover model competition when I was 16 and my experience at the cover shoot sparked my interest in the industry.

What do you regard as the most important role of women’s magazines?

Mainly to provide mentorship. At Destiny we focus on uplifting women by telling stories of triumph over adversity. We also celebrate women’s achievements.

What motivated your newest challenge, Luminance?

While media is my first love, I’ve always been fascinated by fashion, luxury brands and compelling retail concepts.

I’m also an entrepreneur at heart and enjoy bringing innovative business ideas to life that address a gap in the market.

What advice do you have for young women who want to emulate you?

You shouldn’t set out to emulate anyone. Rather be the best you can be.

Figure out what your passions are and get training and education to move forward in that field. Pursue your dreams passionately.

Aim to be beautiful on the outside and the inside, and that way you’ll make a positive difference in people’s lives.

What I learnt the hard way

That failure is an opportunity to learn and to do better next time. It’s part of the path to greatness, which was never meant to be smooth.

The leadership book I recommend

Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s Conversations With My Sons and Daughters.

I like stories of people who’ve achieved success on a multidimensional platform by moving past adversity and obstacles in their lives.

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