Get to know the late Iko Mash

By Misha Solanga
21 July 2017

Here are some things you may not have known about Iko Mash

Iko Mash a well-loved personality, was a celebrity designer, make-up artist, actor, and LGBTQI activist. Iko died today after a battle with cancer.


  • Iko's real name was Billy Mothola Emmanuel Mashiloane
  • Was born in Meadowlands, Soweto
  • Started cross dressing at a young age
  • Started dressing like a female because he admired his aunts and how beautiful they were and he wanted to be like them.
  • Invented the term “shim” to classify his gender
  • His big break was in 2002 when he stared in an international commercial with Nelson Mandela with Nelson Mandela.
  • He has stared in many TV shows such as Zabalaza, Tshesa 1, Gazlam 2, Streetlife movie and Backstage and Rhythm City.
  • He was a proud LGBTQI activist
  • His role model was Somizi Mhlongo

We extend our condolences to his loved ones. RIP Iko.

Here are a few images of the late Iko.

Image: Ikho and Somizi Image: Ikho and Somizi

Image: Iko & Koyo Image: Iko & Koyo

Image: Ntanto Mashishi, Iko & Bonang Image: Ntanto Mashishi, Iko & Bonang

Image: Iko & Lira Image: Iko & Lira

Source: MrDurbanite's Blog

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