Sho Madjozi, Fela Gucci, Dope Saint Jude, Desire Marea and Glow are on Vogue's World 100 influencers list



According to Vogue, they've created a list of 100 creatives from around the world they find inspiring.

"Today the landscapes of fashion and culture are being radically reimagined, fueled largely by a global groundswell of new talent. Meet 100 creative voices we find riveting."

And out of these 100, are five incredible performers and tastemakers from South Africa.

Here they are...

Sho Madjozi

From Vogue...

"Like a breathtaking crown, white pukka shells encircle Sho Madjozi’s braids on the cover of Limpopo Champions League, the debut album she released late last year. 'I wanted to look like some prodigal African princess,' says the 26-year-old South African rapper."

READ MORE: Sho Madjozi and her unique style sum up everything that's right about SA right now

Dope Saint Jude

Vogue describes the artist...

"Her current rap persona stems from her days performing in drag—she founded South Africa’s first drag king troupe when she was still in her teenage years, developing 'Saint Dude,' a character based on Lil Wayne that she says she 'used to parody and parade masculinity in hip-hop.'

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"And while she no longer performs as the character, this provocative sensibility still extends to the intersectional content of her raps. Her self-produced EP, Reimagine, which she released last year, touches on gendered societal expectations, self-worth, and sexuality, to name just a few of the project’s deeply personal themes."

Fela Gucci and Desire Marea

They describe themselves as "artists explore a combination of mediums ranging from sound, live performance, literature, video and photography, to create an eclectic aesthetic with which they express their ideas about themes central to their experience as black queer bodies navigating the cis-hetero-topia of post-colonial Africa."

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And the world finally stood up and paid extra attention to them when Versace used their music for one of their shows last year. 


Also from Vogue, this is one of the reasons she was included...

"Glow, who was born in a small town in the south called Ficksburg, dabbled in a number of different professions, including working as a fashion stylist and a copywriter for an advertising agency, but she now supports herself through her creative work and her activism—much of which stems from simply making herself visible as a trans woman in South Africa.

"'A large majority of what I do is push for representation by just being myself,” she says. “In South Africa, trans representation is close to nonexistent, really, and when it does exist, the storylines can be very patronising and stereotypical.' Glow counters that on her YouTube channel, where she uploads videos of herself discussing everything from starting hormone replacement therapy to the process of discovering that she was trans."

We're super proud of all of them.

Anyone else you think Vogue or even South Africans are sleeping on?

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