A Midtown Manhattan Hotel lounge, February, 2013.
This is Zandile.
Tell me about your new job as a professor.
Always, always, always and forever my family – especially my mother, aunt and sister. Their strength, their love, their spirit, and their stories set a bar that I hope I can reach in my lifetime.
Zandile Blay gets it and will tell you just how well she does.
My encounters with Zandile have always been brief but never boring or conventional. I adore her and look up to her.
Z is the kind of girl who is supportive and also ambitious. In her professional career, as she mentions above, the positions she’s held include; Style Columnist for the Huffington Post, Digital Fashion Editor for ESSENCE Magazine, Women’s Fashion Editor for Paper Magazine and Readers Editor at SEVENTEEN Magazine.
When we met for this photo op, Zandile was patiently waiting for me in a hotel lobby somewhere in Midtown where she was about to sit on a panel for South African Tech & social media week. During and after our shoot the women who came up to greet Zandile expressed so much appreciation and respect for her work. I was standing off to the side rather sheepishly smiling at the beautiful and striking women in front of me.
Zandile’s future will always bright because she fully believes in herself, her strengths and also understands her weaknesses. Understanding the dynamic between strength and weakness is a muscle used most efficiently when both ideas of self are accepted. This is what I’ve learn from Zandile: to own it. And that’s all I can really say.
Zandile will be moving to Africa for a new adventure come May. We will checking in with her then and also checking up on her blog, Africa Style Daily.