August's theme of Women Empowerment is in full swing! Every Friday this month you can expect an interview with another #girlboss and get to know what keeps these Queens motivated to do the mostest! This week we chat to Shenai Bridglall, a female entrepreneur running an NPO, who will soon also be launching a new venture in the fashion industry, her footwear brand called Shenai Briglall. 

1. Who are the #girlbosses in your life that you look up to most? 

Definitely my mom. She’s taught me to worry less about fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings

2. Who is your favourite female fictional character and why? 

Cinderella, she made me realize that it’s okay to be a princess but every girl should know that she’s also fully capable of building her own castle.

3. If you could spend a day in the life of any woman (dead or alive) who would it be?

Emma Watson, she is incredibly talented, versatile and intelligent. I’ve seen her grow from every Harry Potter movie I’ve watched to her becoming a UN Goodwill Ambassador and the face of the #HeForSheCampaign. I find it truly admirable that she used her fame as a tool to inspire and educate people.   

4. The big question, do you identify as a feminist? Why or why not?

Feminism... my second favourite F word (my first is food just to clarify). Of course I’m a feminist; and no, I don’t hate men! I think people see feminism as this dirty word and feminists are usually looked down upon because people don’t fully understand what being a feminist means. Feminism means ‘the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of BOTH the sexes.’  If you believe that everyone should be afforded the same opportunities in life, irrespective of their gender, then you’re a feminist too. 

5. You founded a nonprofit called The EssBee Foundation. Can you tell us more about that? 

I started The EssBee Foundation to reduce the generational poverty gap of women in South Africa and provide girls with the resources to become somebodies instead of somebody’s. Our events focus on four central pillars: education, nutrition, personal hygiene and women empowermentWe have grown incredibly since inception in 2016; currently operating in Cape Town, Durban, Port Shepstone and Johannesburg with approximately 40 dedicated volunteers around the country.

6. Nowadays, the hot topic tends to be how to find the balance between work life and more domesticated family life. Do you see yourself choosing between the two?

The most important career choice that a woman makes in her life is who she chooses to marry. Society seems to put more pressure on women to find a man than on men to first be a man; this needs to stop. When your spouse respects and is fully supportive of you and your career, there should never be an ultimatum.

7. What advice do you have for aspiring female entrepreneurs? 

A woman should never be delimited from pursing her dreams based on the grounds that ‘a girl can’t do that.’ Believe in yourself and your potential, work hard and be the girl of your dreams and the woman that you needed as a girl.

8. Tell us a bit more about yourself?

I’m just a small town girl with big city dreams

I grew up and schooled in Port Shepstone. Upon matriculation I relocated to Cape Town to complete a Bachelor of Business Science in marketing, statistics and economics from the University of Cape Town. I worked at Google in South Africa and Singapore before pursing the fashion industry and working at TFG. I then relocated to Italy where I completed a Postgraduate qualification in footwear and bag technology from Polimoda as well as sourced manufacturers for my luxury women’s footwear company that I will be launching soon. I returned to South Africa last year to complete my Master of Business Science.

In the midst of my education, work experiences and running The EssBee Foundation, I was a commercial model signed with an international agency and I entered Miss South Africa 2017 before retiring from the modeling world.

9. If you could give your 13 year old self one piece of advice, what would it be? 

Be patient; good things take time. You need to strive to be a lifetime in the making, not an overnight success.

10. Lastly, where can we find you? 

Personal accounts
Instagram, FB & Twitter: @lifeofshenai

NPO accounts
Instagram & FB: @theessbeefoundation

Company accounts
Instagram, FB & Twitter: @shenaibridglall


Read last week's interview with blogger and actress, Sheena Deepnarain.

2 March 2018 is SheDecides Day. The SheDecides movement is founded on a belief in "a world where every girl and woman can decide what to do with her body, with her life, and with her future."

she decides day 2018 life by asha singh

South Africa is also a part of their worldwide campaign with the SheDecides Flagship Event, to be held in Pretoria, 1st March 2018 and bringing together over 200 young people and politicians from Eastern and Southern Africa. 
Posting a blog post every single day is SO MUCH WORK. Anyone that knows me knows how lazy I am, so this is so not working for me. Next week will be business as usual, with just one post on Wednesday, but since I committed myself to this, I'm going to finish this week. Thanks to everyone thats been reading and supporting me! You da real MVP.

As you should know by now (It was all over socials!) Oprah won the prestigious Cecil B DeMille award at the Golden Globes last month. What made her speech even more inspiring is the context - last year was a crazy year for women's rights activists! From the Women's march in the beginning of the year to the #metoo movement, women (and some men) were't holding back.

A lot of the things she said really stayed with me this past month. If you haven't listened to her speech, I would highly suggest you do. But in any case here are some of the quotes that really spoke to me. 

No, definitely not Larry Nassar

A bit off topic but just on Monday, 5 February 2018, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison for years of sexually abusing over 200 women and girls. The doctor was well known in the Michigan gymnast community for his treatment of injured athletes. 

He claimed that his "pelvic floor" treatment which involved him putting his fingers into young girls' vaginas was a cure for a number of physical injuries. A number of his victims even included Olympic gymnasts. How people actually believed this for so many years is beyond me!

Okay, Asha, that was random, why are you going on about this Nassar guy? Well Larry Nassar is just another of a long line of sexual assault cases the media has been shining their spotlight on lately. And that's why TIME magazine's person of the year for 2017 was such an important breakthrough.




"We can't all be sluts, we can't all be asking for it."

One of the things I've been reflecting on a lot during this women's month is all the amazing women I've met this year - a lot of them through blogging! One of these inspirational women is Dhanusha, a beauty blogger and computer science student from Cape Town.

This week we did an exciting, unique collaboration. I wrote a post on Dhanusha's blog about My Makeup Must haves (Surprise, surprise I'm actually crazy about make up!) and she wrote a piece on Feminism. Enjoy her blog post and be sure to check out mine on her blog!

By Dhanusha Dhoorgalu

Hi there!

I am Dhanusha, from the blog Miss Dhanusha, duh. My friends call me Dee, I call myself Alien and my readers’ weirdos. This is purely because I would to see us all embrace our “weirdness” that makes us unique. I am a Beauty & Lifestyle blogger with a strong opinion on certain matters. As much as I love all things beauty I love keeping up with current affairs and making a positive impact. Today that topic is feminism. Another feminist? Yes, I don’t hate men.

When you think of politics you usually think of old, balding men and while this is (unfortunately) mostly true, there are tons of women that are proving to pack quite a punch! In celebration of Women's Day, I researched Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women to find the women in politics who are changing the world one election at a time.
I woke up this morning and after pressing snooze 3 times realised what day it is - my second favourite day of the year (Well after my birthday that is)!


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