"There's more to me than my beautiful African body." Q&A with Mpho Khati

2016-07-27 13:25

Mpho Khati

Who is Mpho Khati?

Mpho Khati is a 22-year-old nonconformist black women.  I was born in the Free State in a small town called Odendaalsrus in 03 May 1994. I am the second born of three girls. I started my schooling in Odendaalsrus Kutlwanong where I did my Grade1 - 7 at Khotsong Primary school. I went to Ed-u collage Welkom to finish of my high school years, after completing my grade 12 I came to the University of Free State Bloemfontein campus where I enrolled to study Human and Societal Dynamics (B.Soc.Sc). I'm currently doing my final year in the course. 

I am a down to earth humble person. Very funny and bubbly. I also believe that I'm well read and fearless. 

You have such a huge following on social media, how did this come about?

I have different people following me for different reasons because I am a very diverse character as I'm involved in many projects from leadership to modeling which basically entertainment. But I think a bulk of the followers admire the confidence I have as a thick woman of color who confidently show off her curves and thick thighs. I normally call it thick-thighing . For me is also about challenging patriarchy and the status quo. Where you get that society always categorize woman based on their looks and if you are pretty and "hot'' then there's the immediate assumption that women cannot be beautiful, 'hot' and intelligent. Which is something I challenge everyday. It is such mindsets, which breeds sexism. I receive messages daily from young and old ladies thanking me for inspiring confidence in them. 

I think the other bulk of my followers is because of my African centered style and my head wraps, I get calls and messages from other ladies asking me to teach them how to tie a doek. 

  1. We believe that you are a leader, what leadership roles have you held?

I am leader indeed. I have held several leadership positions since my stay here at the University of Free State. I have been in the Branch Executive committee (BEC) of SASCO for two terms and in the Branch Executive Committee of ANCYL in the Solomon Mahlangu branch. 

I was also in the Student Representative Council (SRC) in the term 2014/15 where I was SRC First Generation students and first years. I am currently doing y second term in the SRC as the Vice-President of the students in the term 2015/16. I have served in various committees of my organization as well . 

  1. Your sense of fashion is prominent and relatable, what inspires your fashion?

My style is very African but with a modern twist to it . I am a proud African woman , proud of my heritage and roots and I try to demonstrate that in my style. I'm also very creative so I sometimes combine different styles together in one outfit and it works for me. I would sometimes wear my doeks with sports wear and it looks nice. My style is African inspired. 

  1. 5 tips for women out there who want to feel more confident in what they wear?

Tip number:

1: Its very important to feel comfortable in whatever piece of clothing you decide to put on  

2: Believe in yourself and tell yourself every morning that you are the best and you are beautiful. This will help to boost your confidence and you will also feel good and confident in whatever you wear. 

3: Find your own style that suits your personality and body shape. 

4: Never be shy to ask for a second opinion from friends before leaving the house if you are having doubts about the outfit.

5: You don't have to buy new clothes every time when going out, try mix and match in your old clothes, maybe add accessories like scarfs, head wraps or neckpiece , this can transform a simple outfit .

  1. Tell us more about your products?

I am the owner of Indlovukazi and we sell African Print accessories, head wraps and also have a African print clothing line. We have accessories and fabrics from different African countries and different cultures locally. We operate from Bloemfontein but we courier to our customers anywhere in South Africa. 

  1. Where do you see your brand in the next 5 years?

I see Indlovukazi as one of the biggest retail stores in South Africa and also internationally. Promoting the African culture through fashion . Having shops at all the provinces being a household name. 

  1. Can you send us all of your social media handles?

Instagram : Mpho_Khati 

Facebook: Mpho Khati 

Twitter : @mphokhati 

This is for Indlovukazi Brand 

Instagram: @Indlovukazi_brand 

Facebook page : Indlovukazi 

Email: indlovukazibrand@gmail.com 

  1. What's the one quote that you live by?

"In order to succeed we must first believe that we can, we must believe in our dreams and work on them daily".

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