O, what a wonderful day we had

2011-08-29 09:42

For the time being, you’re just ­going to have to suck it up ­because despite the fact that Women’s Month is almost over, there are still many events ­dedicated to us.

On Thursday afternoon, O, the Oprah ­magazine, celebrated Women’s Month by ­paying tribute to 21 extraordinary and ­powerful women – among them City Press editor, Ferial Haffajee, and Media24’s CEO, Esmaré Weideman.

The O power list includes home-grown ­heroines Thuli Madonsela, the public protector; Candice Derman, actress and author; and MP Lindiwe Mazibuko of the DA.

It also ­includes men like blogger and social ­columnist Khaya Dlanga (who is called a “journalist” despite the fact that he always objects to the title), activist Mbuyiselo Botha and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.

The event was held at Wall Street restaurant in Sandton, which is inspired by New York City’s stock exchange address.

The ­awesome part is that it’s located in Johannesburg’s Stock Exchange Street.

It was my first time there and I must say, I was suitably impressed by the elegant monochrome decor, but as Samantha Page, O editor, said, the pink flowers helped “girlify” the place.

Guests were treated to glasses of champers upon arrival. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres were served and there were free make-up, hair and colour consultations for all. There really was no excuse not to look fabulous.

The interior was furnished with gold-gilded chairs placed around set tables.

The menu had a choice of rump steak, which I regretted choosing instead of the delicious-looking salmon teriyaki.

The speakers included L’Oréal Paris official make-up artist Sylvie Hurford; fashion ­designer Thulare Monareng, who made an ­inspirational speech about how she harnessed her power of creativity; and actress Candice Derman, who spoke out about being abused by her stepfather and how she refused to let it define her.

After these moving speeches, guests, which included the magazine’s readers and familiar faces such as Thabiso Sikwane and fashion designer Thula Sindi (who arrived with New-York based model Millen Magese – just in town for the day) had more fun at the prize-giving that afternoon.

Prizes included a pair of stylish shoes, an overnight stay at the trendy Moloko Strathavon hotel in Sandton, a designer watch and a BlackBerry phone.

Pity I didn’t win anything, but hey, there’s always the Lotto, right?

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