125 comments

  1. Elisa

    October 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Wow I’m really enjoying this series of photos from South Africa, I can’t pinpoint what it is exactly but outfits look different from the usual Paris, London, New York triumvirate. Keep it coming, it’s a breath of fresh (style) air.

    Elisa – Wandering Minds fashion
    ourwanderingminds.com

  2. Cheryl

    October 26, 2012 at 9:09 am

    so proud to see our South African fashionistas on T Sartorialist site, aren’t they all just too gorgeous? Proudly South African!!! :)

    • Sevan

      October 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Very gorgeous indeed. I’m very proud of women, in general.

    • Tshepo

      November 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      I want to also add my love for the SA feature. *proudly South African and from Jozi!

  3. alison

    October 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

    woah. she’s killing it.

  4. T

    October 26, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Love her/the shot. I would love to hear your thoughts on Johannesburg’s fashion week.

  5. Votre Amie

    October 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Incredible hair – I LOVE her rolled down boots
    x
    http://www.iloveublank.blogspot.com

  6. Martha

    October 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Pretty, but she looks a bit voodoo or maybe just inspired by the witch of Pirates of the Caribbean. Love the hair-do! Madrid Street Style http://madrilicious.com

    • AEC

      October 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      martha, i assume you mean well but something about your choice of words strikes me a bit uncomfortably. connecting a black woman with voodoo or with a movie that promotes certain stereotypes about the people that live in the caribbean… just because of the color of her skin? i am assuming you would not draw those comparisons if she were white, of course. perhaps i am wrong. in any case, this is touchy territory where i am from (canada).
      the cultures that exist within the caribbean are entirely different from those of south africa. you’re drawing politically incorrect parallels here that may not intend to do harm with, but harm can be done nonetheless. i mean no personal offence by this, just food for thought.

      • Amalia

        October 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        Lighten up! We are all thinking she looks a little voodoo, what of it? You’re the one who’s making it an issue by pointing it out through your subjective and all-to-sensitive perspective. I bet the girl in the pic doesn’t give a hoot!

        • dcinDC

          October 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm

          Thanks, Amalia. I agree. AEC is working way too hard to make something out of nothing.

        • Naomi

          October 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

          “We are all thinking she looks a little voodoo”

          No, we’re really not. Take responsibility for your own ignorant, small-minded sentiments and don’t try and make yourself feel better by assuming you’re in good company.

        • MRI

          October 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm

          It is generally uncomfortable to be called out for making racist assumptions, whether they are intentional or not (does not affect whether they are racist or not). Life is a learning lesson. Try not to be offended when your place of privilege is called into check.

      • dcinDC

        October 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

        AEC: I think you think too much. All Martha said was what the woman’s look evokes to her. Sheesh! Chill out.

        • H

          October 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

          I see nothing ‘voodoo’ about this. I agree with AEC. This type of comment would be said by some ignoramus watching Disney movies. I see nothing evoking witch or occult paraphernalia.

          The slouchy boots are an awesome touch!

        • Lukas

          October 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

          Actually, there is a chaplet around her neck. She’s probably christian.

      • Martine

        October 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        LOLOLOL!!!! Oh, Amelia, what a good laugh. Yes, actually part of the reason Voodoo comes to mind for most people in connection to black people is because the FACT that it is practiced mostly by black people. Just like when I say “Viking” I think tall blond guy. Rastafarian- I think of black people from Jamaica. Cossak- I think of big hats, horses and fighting skills. Now there probably are short Vikings, white Rastas, and clumsy Cossaks. But thats just not what comes to mind. People in Canada must have too much time on their hands during the winters and work on finding things to be offended by to stave off the boredom.

        Besides, Martha is talking about a character from a movie, not a Mambo in general, although I bet at least 90 percent of them are black anyhow.
        She totally reminded me of Calypso/Tia Dalma from “Pirates of the Caribbean” the second I looked at her.

        • Minus Minutia

          October 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

          Enough. If someone tells you it is offensive, please stop. To tell someone they are thinking too much or suggesting they are being sensitive is negating someone’s feelings. She may remind you of someone from a movie, but she is not dressed in character. Perhaps commenting on her style as opposed to referencing her to a character would place your comment in a better light.

      • Yasmeen

        October 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        -_________- AEC, rest assured, you are not out of line here.

        • dcinDC

          October 28, 2012 at 12:38 am

          Yes… she is.

        • une chatte grise

          October 28, 2012 at 2:54 am

          I agree; politely pointing out that words & images can carry cultural baggage and that certain statements may therefore strike others negatively or as problematic is, indeed, a reasonable thing to do.

          • une chatte grise

            October 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

            I hope it’s clear that I’m agreeing with Yasmeen, _not_ dcinDC!

      • Leigh

        October 28, 2012 at 3:25 am

        I think It’s Martha’s choice of words: “Pretty, BUT”. The ‘but’ implies something negative.

        • KD

          October 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm

          Exactly.

      • BlackBetty

        October 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

        Honestly, I see absolutely nothing wrong with your statement. Your concerns with Martha’s remarks are valid. I particularly love the irony of everyone jumping on the “you’re too sensitive” bandwagon, whilst simultaneously responding to you in a way that suggests they’re equally sensitive to your critiques. Hypocrites.

        • dcinDC

          October 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

          Not exactly hypocrisy, but I see what you’re saying – that AEC gets to be sensitive about the voodoo comment, but we do not get to be sensitive about her remark… hmmm… not hypocrisy, but double standards, perhaps?

          • skinny grin proudly SOUTH AFRICAN

            November 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

            Her look is dark and evocative. She is Africa

  7. Sharron

    October 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Stunning portrait.

  8. Sharron

    October 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Stunning portrait

  9. Cherie

    October 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Beautiful! xxx

  10. Evgenia

    October 26, 2012 at 9:18 am

    The photo is very extravagant. I like the boots and hair.
    http://streetfashionmore.blogspot.com/

  11. Peroxide Blonde

    October 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Loovely, those are some fierce dreads.

    Peroxide Blonde
    http://theperoxideblonde.blogspot.com/

  12. The Bespoke Dudes

    October 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Great hair, very South-African!

    Fabio
    The Bespoke Dudes

  13. Fisayo L

    October 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

    LOVE THIS IMAGE. The tribal print of her outfit and how she’s casually bunching up her skirt.

    http://www.mirrorme.me

  14. Laura

    October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Beautiful photo, her hairs are so gorgeous!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  15. Stephanie

    October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    WOW, I love it!

  16. Tori

    October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    She is beautiful! Love the way she’s wearing this outfit from head to toe.

  17. Nichole

    October 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Stunning!

  18. Peter

    October 26, 2012 at 9:36 am

  19. AlexsFashion

    October 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I love her outfit! I wish people from the western world had the authencity to pull something like this off!
    xoxo Alex

    • Andy

      October 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Absolutly, but this culture or dressing is not in our blood, thats why maybe we can not pull the look off.. and would look comic. orjust try way too hard… and maybe not :-)

  20. Caroline

    October 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Oh South Africa you absolute beauty of a place

  21. Nico

    October 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Love her hair and the contrast between bikini and boots!

    lowbudget-lowcost.blogspot.it

  22. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    October 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

  23. Name*

    October 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

    She so beautiful that I’m at a loss for adjectives to truly describe all that’s happening right now.

  24. Thato

    October 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Very relaxed feel to this. Sunny spring day in Jozi (Sandton). Love her look

  25. Eskimo

    October 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

    One of my faves! Love her pose and hair!

  26. Thato

    October 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Very relaxed feel to this, dig her hair and outfit. Seems like a nice, chilled, sunny Spring day in Jozi (Sandton)

  27. Ann

    October 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Pretty girl. I am curious though, did you ask her to bunch up hers skirt like that or did she do that of her own accord?

  28. jessie

    October 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

    something very important in her face- BEAUTIFUL.

  29. Marco

    October 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I love my country for exactly this reason.

  30. Style begins at forty

    October 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Modern meets traditional!

    http://stylebeginsatforty.blogspot.it/

  31. Hay

    October 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    FABULOUS.

  32. wexer

    October 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

    So cute!

  33. Margherita

    October 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

    She’s incredibly cool!
    http://www.theironyou.com

  34. Dip It Black

    October 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Beautiful picture!
    Love these South Africa photo’s!

    X
    http://dipitblack.com

  35. ana

    October 26, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I love her top and boots!

  36. princessglee

    October 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Makes me wonder…Had there been picture like this appreciating simple beauty like this when I was younger, would the world be a different place?

  37. Sara Lifeincurl Gambarelli

    October 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

    She’s got a superlative hair. She reminds me the past Chanel collection’s hairstyles, all played on dreadlocks. I’d like to make a similar hairstyle on me, but I’m afraid about the drastic cut needed when I’ll have got enough. :S

    http://storiedellamoda.wordpress.com

  38. Christine

    October 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    SPECTACULAR! Hope my dreads look like that in a few years time :)

  39. YOUR MIRROR

    October 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

    NO WORDS!!!!
    AMAZING!!

    http://www.your-mirror.com/

  40. h

    October 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Oh my! she is really all that !!! lovely!

  41. Sara

    October 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

  42. Rhoda Wong

    October 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    love the knotted skirt!

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  43. Maya

    October 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Oh wow this is an amazing picture!!!

    http://myfashionfoodstyle.blogspot.co.il/

  44. Lauren@Styleseer

    October 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    She’s beautiful. Great outfit from head to toe.

    http://styleseer.blogspot.com

  45. Arthur

    October 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Really nice photo

  46. Irene's closet

    October 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

  47. Denisa

    October 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

    She look so pretty. So nice pics.

    Nice weekend,

    http://fashiondenis.blogspot.sk/

  48. LIZPR

    October 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Hi Scott –

    I am enjoying this series from South Africa! Not a part of the world I think about in terms of fashion, nor a place we get to SEE in terms of fashion – so this is a valuable peek into how people dress there. I like seeing how women wrap fabric around their heads – an art I never mastered.

    Thank you!

    http://www.lizpr.com

  49. Serdane

    October 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

  50. Segun

    October 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I absolutely love and truly appreciate your showing pictures of Africans in here. I check The Sartorialist routinely and I must confess it is refreshing to see different faces. I hope we will also see Sartorialists from other African regions (North Africa, East Africa, West Africa, Saharian Africa (in the desert)). All these African regions have very different and very interesting fashion styles.
    May I also suggest that you venture out and look into traditional African styles as well. You will be surprised what you can find.

    • Kech

      October 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      That’s so true. PS I love your blog xo

  51. THE STEL STYLE

    October 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

    amazing outfit!!!

    http://thestelstyle.com/

  52. monkeyshines

    October 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

    fun styling!
    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  53. Elena

    October 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Wow, beautiful photo, the girl is gorgeous!
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

  54. Kate

    October 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Her look is so effortlessly cool!

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  55. Liz

    October 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    love what she’s wearing!

    check out my giveaway!

    http://lavieenliz.com

  56. Anthony

    October 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    You cheated. You made her dress up. Stunning.

  57. Donna

    October 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I love the picture and her hair!

  58. Shawty

    October 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    As someone who has followed your site for a couple of years now and who has live in South Africa I am so happy to see South African’s beautiful men and women being recognized on your site. Johannesburg is a special place I hope you spend some time in Soweto while your there and most definitely make the trip to Cape Town. Both are visually striking cities with the people and landscape.

  59. Angela

    October 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Just loving these photos from South Africa. Awesome!

  60. Loulou

    October 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Wow! I love her attitude, her hand on the skirt….
    Stunning
    xxx
    Loulou

  61. Jualferx

    October 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Que bella chica!

  62. Richard

    October 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Omg am moving to Johannesburg that girl is beautiful

    • Lebo

      October 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Dear Richard,

      You ain’t seen nothing yet. We are beautiful. Black, white , Indian, coloured (mixed race)- all in one country….

  63. une chatte grise

    October 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Wow. She’s stunning.

  64. Becky Bedbug

    October 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Beautiful! Her hair is amazing!

    Becky
    http://www.beckybedbug.com

  65. Andy

    October 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I am really enjoying photos from other places than NY, Milan, Paris !!

  66. gracie

    October 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I am so happy that you have now been to SA! What did you think? Were you able to get to Cape Town?

  67. EVa

    October 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Seriously love these photos!! So cool and traditional!

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  68. Daisy Nguyen

    October 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    LOVE her wild and untamed look. BEAUTIFUL!
    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
    http://psbananas.com

  69. Virginia L

    October 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    ça fait du bien. ça change.

  70. Jennifer

    October 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Amazing. I am loving these photos from all over the world!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  71. Notamused

    October 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Very Arrested Development!

  72. Fabiola

    October 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Omg she is gorgeous!! Love this <3

    http://www.onegirlsempire.com

  73. Eat.Style.Play

    October 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I really admire you for going to SA and really getting the fashion scene there one of my favorite bloggers is from SA and she still lives there and she has amazing style.

  74. c woodyard

    October 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This is wonderful! She is beautiful and fun, and I love that you seem to have entered her neighborhood. Nice change! Cynthia

  75. leo1723

    October 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    thats amazing picture..!!!

  76. Lona

    October 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    A natural beauty, and her look is amazingly effortless.
    Lona
    http://twig-in-pink.blogspot.ca

  77. Lulama

    October 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    That’s ME :D thank you scott and all these beautiful comments :)*

    • Starr

      October 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

      You are stunning! Love the SA series!

    • Desiree

      October 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      you’re such a beauty, girl! please never change! hope to visit your amazing country someday ;) love from Chile xx

  78. catherine

    October 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    BEAUTY – it really does come in all forms and all shades. Often times, we get real stuck, seeing the same things over and over again – making it known or putting it out there and then without even knowing, we are all reflecting that – its been ingrained in us – in our DNA. Next, we give birth to this conglomeration of “the same” – multiply that, etc.

    These pics, Scott, have surprised me that they are so refreshing, I cannot express to you how much – so, I am grateful you are taking pictures of the people of SA. I am African American (which in itself can mean a number of things), born and raised in SF (Go Giants!!) – I love my City, I am fortunate to be born American and especially at this time, but, maybe it is just me, but I yearn for something else, something more… something deep and true – from anywhere – the soil of an experience – here, finally, you give us a glimpse of “style” from another place. Yes, they are wearing, in many cases, western wear, but underneath, they are still WHAT they are, still their Soil…well, for now, at least!

    I know you’ve been to “other-other” places – please keep doing that. Help us not to forget our own authenticity – the Salt of ourselves. Beyond our clothes, being deeply ourselves can bring a truer connection to all that we meet, the things that we do or touch.
    That is what this series of Joburg pics reminds me of.
    Thank YOU~

  79. Rodney

    October 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    What a Striking Young Lady!

    http://WrenEnergy.com

  80. Ebram

    October 27, 2012 at 1:42 am

    So beautiful!

  81. The Style Engineer

    October 27, 2012 at 6:30 am

  82. Claire

    October 27, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

  83. Bella

    October 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

    The first thing I thought when I saw this girl was… woooow she is gorgeous and what a body. I am not insulted, but nothing about voodoo came to mind when I saw this young girl, and I think I speak for most people here after I’ve read there comments.

  84. Diane

    October 28, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Magnifique photo ! On est plongé dans un tout autre monde avec les vêtements dans l’arbre, la maison qui intrigue avec le rideau qui dépasse et bien sûr cette femme-enfant qui dégage une présence incroyable ! J’aime beaucoup votre travail, merci de nous faire voyager !

  85. Nimzat

    October 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Please come to Cape Town, I live there and the fashion is great.

  86. Catherine

    October 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Looks like an exciting fairytale.

  87. mariedinkle

    October 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I love this series in south africa, it’s different, it’s for me the soul of street art, some non fashion week people who just have a jenesaisquoi on top ! great job and great vibes !

  88. Moloko

    October 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Looking gorgeous Miss Mlambo :)

  89. nina

    October 29, 2012 at 12:49 am

    i lover her hair!!!!!!

  90. Stacey Sweeney

    October 29, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Her looks are killer!

  91. S.Benedit

    October 29, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Great attitude, cool setting, I love it!

  92. Sarah

    October 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    That is one seriously cool kid x

  93. Anastasiia

    October 30, 2012 at 10:08 am

    WoW!

  94. pam

    October 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    refreshing. gorgeous.

  95. Jenny

    October 31, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    She is gorgeous (particularly her hair) but she looks extremely young to me…. like a kid playing dress up that just wandered out of the house in the background.

  96. Sophie

    November 1, 2012 at 8:56 am

    She is absolutely AMAZING.

  97. South African

    November 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Those aren’t dreads..they’re plaited braids that are popular here. Hers are beautiful and so is her style! Hope the world will look to South Africa for inspiration- Thanks Scott.

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