Powerful women are the most attractive.

2014-03-28 12:47

Shashi Naidoo : Powerful women are the most attractive by Zareef Minty

“A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.” – Marilyn Monroe

There was a time when men thought it was attractive to have a housewife waiting for him to come home from work in her slippers, but in modern society I think an independent woman is even more attractive.

Personally, an independent successful young woman is the most attractive for me. A girl needs to have all 3 aspects in her life. She needs to have beauty, independence/power and ambition. It’s well noted that your significant other reflects directly on you, I always believe that you end up meeting someone who is just like you with similar important characteristics, be it strictness of religion, morals, work ethic or similar academic results, depending on what is really important to you. That is why the term “Power Couples” is used so religiously in today’s society, strong powerful men attract strong powerful women and vice versa. Look at couples like Jay Z and Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and Michelle and Barack Obama; these are perfect examples of where the opposite sex expects someone very similar to them.

You really don’t have to look too far to find powerful women doing amazing things in South Africa, Bonang and Shashi are the first two names that pop up in my head when I think of words like “young, ambitious, stylish, hard-working, beautiful and classy.” Getting the opportunity to interview the beautiful and talented Shashi Naidoo really opened my mind up to how far women have come in a rather male dominated country and made their mark. I really couldn’t be happier to see that. Women deserve to be in the highest seats of the National Assembly, they deserve to be able to have the same employment opportunities as what males have in a male dominated industry. I am a strong supporter of women and children’s rights; we really should respect and showcase the women in our families and in South Africa.  One woman that really impresses me is Shashi, being the brainchild of Alushi Models with almost 11 years of experience, there is no doubt that Shashi is recognised wherever she makes an appearance. She definitely turns heads with her poise and grace. Shashi is multi-talented, being a business women, an accredited MC, model and celebrity personality. Having started Alushi models 5 years ago, it has grown from strength to strength, besides having a successful modelling agency she has been on numerous TV shows like Egoli and ETV’s Twenty Something. She also braced the cover of numerous magazines; she was COSMO’s cover girl in 2008 and she was awarded the accolade of FHM’s sexiest woman in 2011. Shashi recently became a client of the celebrity management and brand awareness PR company 4elements media which is doing wonders for many A-list celebrities like Boity, Danny K, Francois Hougaard and Dineo Moeketse.

Shashi is really grounded, that is one of the most fundamental aspects that most famous and successful people lack. She is business minded. She believes that some people are born as entrepreneurs; Shashi who sold mud pies at the age of 3 is the perfect example of that. She understands the value and concept of money. Just like an entrepreneur, Shashi identified a loop hole in the modelling industry and then started Alushi Models she believed that diversity has to be allowed in the modelling industry and all these stereotypical standards should be relieved. “As a model, your job is to sell a product, and I felt your everyday woman could not identify with this prototype of what a woman should be.”

This highly talented woman loves to travel; she says that traveling makes you richer, richer in the process of learning and understanding the wonders of our world.  Major alert to all the guys out there, Shashi is single and her expectation on the perfect man isn’t even that high. “Every girl wants to feel like a princess, my ideal guy has manners, intelligence, a sense of humour and a kind heart. The type of man that will hold me when I am upset and make me laugh when I cry.”

Miss Naidoo believes the statistics of women owning property and controlling the income of this world is frightening, the fact that women cover half the population, work two thirds of the world’s working hours, receive 10% of the world’s income and own less than 1% of the world’s property is shocking. Her solution to this is to educate young girls on entrepreneurial skills and for them to attain financial freedom. I couldn’t agree with her more, young girls need to be financially savvy.

I have no doubt that Shashi will become even more prominent and successful.  I am pretty sure Shashi will attract a Jay Z, on the topic of Jay Z and Beyonce; she is very fond of their relationship. “Both of them are extremely talented and successful. Finding someone who is intimidated by their partners success is very rare, they seem to motivate each other to continue being great. I think they are blessed to have found each other.”

I urge every single young lady to go out there with ambition, become educated on financial matters and learn how to be independent. Try and contest the best positions in business, university and government. Democracy isn’t just about creating equality among races but among genders as well.

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