Lesego Mokoena on love, marriage and fashion

Thapelo and Lesego Mokoena. (Photo: Thapelo Mokoena Instagram)
Thapelo and Lesego Mokoena. (Photo: Thapelo Mokoena Instagram)

From her effortless style on Instagram as she serves African inspired looks alongside her film maker husband to her gorgeous pregnancy outifts – there is more to her than meets the eye and her beauty is inward as much as its outward.

Kindness is important to her, she describes herself as, “Kind, loving and steadfast in standing up for what I believe in.”

The mother of two grew up in Klerksdorp, in the Northwest with her parents and two younger sisters.

“I had a happy childhood. My parents sacrificed a lot to make sure that we were taken care of. My mom was very insistent that we remained ‘kids’ for as long as possible.  So, she made sure we always had the toys we needed, went to the beach on holidays, did things like celebrate Christmas with a Tree, Father Christmas etc…”

Seemingly small things now, but they made such a huge impact when she was growing up. When she was younger, Lesego didn’t have a specific role model, but she was intrigued by successful people. “Especially those who had to overcome insurmountable circumstances to get where they are,” she tells us.

So what’s the one thing Lesego would tell her 24-year-old self, just ten years ago? 

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“It’s going to be ok. You do not need to be in control of the future to make sure it works out. Just continue doing what you need to do and do that consistently. The future will take that consistency and weave it into something more beautiful and spectacular than you can ever imagine. Like the Bible says “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

If there’s one thing Lesego loves with all her heart, it’s her family. Just a few months ago, the couple welcomed the newest member of their family, their second son, Lefika Meraki Mokoena. Thapelo explained the meaning of the little one’s name on his Instagram account: 

“LEFIKA (south Sotho name): ‘A rock’. MERAKI (Modern Greek name): “To infuse love, creativity & passion in all that you do. To put your soul into something,” he captioned the picture of his now six-week-old son. We thank God for him. Almost six weeks and going strong. No greater Love #Boy #SonofaGun #Mokoena®.”

Lesego tells us that the most amazing thing about being a mother and wife is knowing that there are these incredible three humans that she comes home to every night, and that they love each other so much.

Speaking of love, Lesego and Thapelo met through a mutual friend years ago, and she knew he was the one because “being with him felt natural and organic. And because of that I just knew that it made sense.”

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If you follow her or Thapelo Mokoena on Instagram, you’d have noticed that the creative direction and style behind all their shoots is always breath-taking – without fail. And what makes it more amazing is that she’s the one responsible for them, “With a little help from Thapelo, of course,” she giggles. “I love creating. So having the opportunity to be able to create our aesthetic is absolutely incredible and fun,” she says. 

Because we’re so obsessed with her style, we had a fun Q&A with the lovely Lesego:

How would you define your style?

Simple and authentic. I wear what feels right, no matter what the current trends are. 

What’s your favourite thing about yourself?

The ability to get things done and motivate myself without group consensus. It’s extremely difficult though. 

What are your tips for people with natural hair?

Lots and lots of moisture! I just recently discovered the amazing benefits of steaming. So I steam my hair in the shower every day even if I have a protective hairstyle on.

What’s the one thing you’d never be caught wearing?

Round nose platform heels.

What would you like to see more of in the fashion/beauty industry?

More emphasis on the business of fashion and how to remain in the industry as a business person and not just a creative. Because that’s how you will ultimately carve out your longevity in the Industry. 

What are your top three parenting tips?

Love your child passionately. Hug and kiss them every moment you can. Don’t compare your child.Spend actual one-on-one time with them doing stuff.

How do you keep your skin looking radiant?

I try and sleep as much as possible
Drink water 
Exfoliate and mask

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Do you want more children?

No, I’m really okay with two kids.

What’s your favourite saying and why?

“To see myself through the prism of my visions and not through the prism of others opinions“

How would you compare your first pregnancy to your second? Did you have any weird cravings?
 My second one went by super-fast because I was incredibly busy. So I never really had the time to ruminate on the fact that I was pregnant. It was just go go go. With my first, I had too much time! I was the typical new mommy who bought way too much of everything. Half the stuff is still in storage. No, I never really had cravings, just certain things I couldn’t stand anymore like chicken.

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