2019 has been the year that women have been making their mark. From beauty and fashion to business and music, they have proved that they’re unstoppable. 

Caster Semenya 

Our star athlete keeps making headlines and breaking stereotypes. Her skill on the race track and winning countless medals over the years has earned her the respect she deserves. Her stance against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and its rule to regulate testosterone levels in athletes with hyperandrogenism has been an inspiration for women coming from all walks of life. We, as a nation, are proud of you Caster – aluta continua! 

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Mihlali Ndamase 

Social media influencer, Mihlali Ndamase, amongst others, has proven that social media, specifically Instagram, is a popular tool to garner business opportunities and grow an existing business. Through Instagram, brands are able to reach wider audiences by leveraging on the following of influencers and beauty vlogger, Mihlali, is on top of her game when it comes to beauty and lifestyle. She’s the go-to influencer for make-up tutorials, making her a credible and reliable brand. 

Boasting 760 000 followers, the Siyasizana Foundation co-founder has recently been featured in a list of the highest paid Instagram users that was released by the UK-based company, Hoppen HQ. Keep thriving Mihlali! 

Bonang Matheba 

From her lingerie line, Distraction by Bonang, to receiving the Inspiration and Influence award at the Global Social Awards and the launch of House of BNG, this year Bonang Matheba is winning and taking her career to greater heights. Bonang’s launch of her champagne brand was a real game changer – not only in her life, but the industry as well. 

An inspiration to many, Queen B is taking the world by storm and we’re by her side all the way! 

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Sho Madjozi 

The BET Award winner has been making South Africa proud. In the past few years, the Huku hitmaker has been selected for the Vogue World 100 list and dubbed a person who is radically reimagining the landscapes of fashion and culture, globally! Sho Madjozi keeps flying the South African flag high for all women. 

Beyoncé 

The original Queen B has been killing it for years. From the release of her documentary, Homecoming, to her work on The Lion King and her new album, Mrs Carter, Beyoncé never disappoints. She is the best entertainer of our time and, among many, a great symbol for feminism. 

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Issa Rae 

After the success of her HBO series, Insecure, quirky Issa Rae has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after producer, writer, director and actress – something that’s still a rare thing for a black woman! The award-winning producer keeps breaking boundaries and showing all women that it is okay to be yourself and do what you love without fear or limits.