Gone are the days when a doek was perceived as a conservative piece of clothing.
Our matriarchal figures in our society have always revered stationed spaces where one can rock a doek. Those spaces include, funerals, visitations to the in-laws, or simply just to indicate that one is a married woman.
The passing of Mama Winnie Madikizela – Mandela has spawned an interesting trajectory in regards to various style interpretation of the doek. In recent times there has been an impressive batch of women that have given the conventional rule of the doek a duck; these women consider this iconic head scarf as just that –a head scarf. There is zero emotion tied to the reinvention of the doek none whatsoever. However in commemoration of the late political stalwart, Winnie Madikizela – Mandela, today’s write up is solely dedicated to her as she would have turned 82 years old. Mama Winnie’s radical fashion style became an inspiration to women of all ages especially her versatility in styles and prints when rocking those doeks.Below is a compilation of a select few South African female ZAlebs that have since taken a page from Mama Winnie’s style book.
View this post on InstagramMrs. Bashala meets Photoshop ... Oh, hey!!! 😂 This is the dreamy look! 🤗 #MrsBashala #ProudCongoleseWife #MakotiKaThierry #MwasiYaThierry #WifeOfAnAfricanMan #AfricanPrintsBySarah #MakeUpByMrsBashala #NtoZinhleAccessories #MrsBashalaInAfricanPrintA post shared by Zoleka Mandela (@zolekamandela) on Sep 8, 2017 at 6:01am PDT Zoleka Mandela has become an inspiration to women around the world; however this cancer survivor has always maintained that her grandmother still remains her constant inspiration both in style and many other ways. Zoleka often refers to her grandmother as her “number one”.: View this post on InstagramI was threatened into taking this picture. 🙃🙃 #Concordia18 #SpeakerLife #UNGAA post shared by Nomzamo Mbatha 🇿🇦 (@nomzamo_m) on Sep 26, 2018 at 6:04am PDT
The sultry actress is actually named after Mama Winnie. The two grew quite close to each other during Mama’s Winnie waking life. Nomzamo has also donned a doek in her remembrance and has continued to rock the iconic head scarf with various modern and contemporary outfits.
View this post on InstagramA post shared by Pearl Thusi (@pearlthusi) on Dec 7, 2017 at 7:46am PST
Pearl Thusi knows how to make the “doek look”, seem so effortless. The media personality stays slaying the doek game.
View this post on InstagramEarlier during the day.. as the BET Africa host. This is a special weekend as we celebrate all things “Blackanda” at the BET Awards💫🌍. Neck piece and pants : @thespacesa #betawards2018A post shared by nandi_madida (@nandi_madida) on Jun 24, 2018 at 1:09am PDT
Nandi's Madida's fashion sense is always on point. The TV host and fashion designer is never one to shy away from taking style risks, as she has donned a doek in her style timeline.
View this post on InstagramShades by @priverevaux_sa | The Woman’s Day Breakfast had a doek dress code. Zama (Kairo’s nanny) helped me with my doek this morning. I think we did a good job. 👌🏾A post shared by ZINHLE JIYANE (@djzinhle) on Aug 11, 2018 at 5:36am PDT
DJ Zinhle is on her way up to becoming a style icon. Her doek game is on a 100.
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