She’s been showing off her style, giving sukuma bak’bone vibes – 8 times Thobile MaKhumalo killed it

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No matter the occasion, Thobile 'MaKhumalo' Mseleku always brings her fashion A-game, as well as her kind and positive energy, making her fans love her even more.
No matter the occasion, Thobile 'MaKhumalo' Mseleku always brings her fashion A-game, as well as her kind and positive energy, making her fans love her even more.

Yes, it's the mansions, the holiday homes, supercars and jets, the trips, the businesses they run and the storylines that get you hooked on The Real Housewives.

The Durban version of this international reality show that seems loved and loathed in equal measure has been doing things differently, though, ever since it first premiered last year with Annie Ludick, Ayanda Ncwane, Kgomotso Ndungane, Nonkanyiso "LaCoonco" Conco, Nonku Williams and Sorisha Naidoo.

For many fans, it offered much-needed entertainment in a gloomy period of a prolonged Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown. The drama the women brought, alongside guest cast members Mabusi Seme and Nonku's mom, The Queen, brightened our worlds with Ayanda arguably stealing the show on each episode when it came to style.

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This season, a surprising new addition to the family was Thobile "MaKhumalo" Mseleku of Uthando Nes'thembu fame. She understood the Real Housewives of Durban assignment and was not apologetic about being a rural girl who's found gold, she told Drum at the beginning of the season.

Since she's joined the show, her outfits as much as her casting have been hotly debated. Thobile, however, seems to just be having fun with it – mixing things up on the reality show and her looks.

“Your outfit must speak for itself when you walk into a room, before people even speak to you,” were the words from Thobile herself when she first appeared on Real Housewives of Durban.

Here are some of MaKhumalo's looks we've loved so far, both on and off the show.

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Makhumalo wore this look at Sorisha's halloween party in episode 5. Get the shoes baby! They are stunning. It's not clear who she came to the party as, but yassss.

Like we said, effortless style. Makhumalo rocked this blue and purple set while spending the day on a yacht – a perfect balance between relaxed and glam.

Traditional accessories mixed with a simple black dress. This with an immaculate facebeat while rocking her natural look? No wonder it's a fan favourite.

Athleisure but make it glam. She may be in ball gowns and formal dresses most of the time, but MaKhumalo shows us she knows how to rock a casual look. 

A look book with Makhumalo's style wouldn't be complete without a beautiful gown. 

Not afraid to be bold, Makhumalo often goes for dramatic colours, patterns and prints.

Her off-shoulder dresses have somewhat become her signature style.

A matching two-piece is always a good idea.

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