It’s the morning of our October cover shoot and I arrive at Morrells Boutique Hotel — our set for the day — to loud music pumping in the background and Anele’s booming voice laughing at something the make-up artist had just said. After introducing myself, I step outside to make room for the tons of heels Anele’s brought, as well as the sea of sequinned items our fashion team’s sourced. Photographer extraordinaire, Nick Boulton, arrives and Anele literally jumps out of her chair to greet him. Their casual banter points to a relationship that spans years. At that moment, I knew this would be one of our most relaxed and entertaining cover shoots ever.
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Fast-forward to the day of the interview…I arrive at Anele’s house nervous as a first-grader on their first day at big school, but my anxiety eases when she — dressed in a glam cut-out black top — meets me outside. ‘She’s quite dressed up for a casual day at home,’ I think to myself. We walk to the living room for the interview — and it’s surprisingly quiet for a place that’s home to three children. Anele excitedly explains that she’s busy running errands for their family holiday — first, Mauritius with the kids, then Japan with her man. By now, you would have seen the evidence of the epic getaways on her Instagram!
As we move from one shoot location to the next, Anele’s Bluetooth speaker – blasting 90s hit after hit – keeps us company.