ELLE Magazine gets interviewed by BBC World after Caster Semenya cover

We're still buzzing from Caster Semenya's game changing cover.

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:46 PM  | Caster Semenya  | Top of The

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The world wants to know about the now famous ELLE Magazine cover of Caster Semenya.

Just after releasing what we'd consider as ELLE Magazine's most iconic cover to date, insiders at ELLE Magazine South Africa, informed ZAlebs that after the cover was released, the magazine was then called by BBC World to inquire about the Caster Semenya cover.

ZAlebs caught up with ELLE South Africa's Assistant Editor - Tidi Benbenisti who expressed how electrifying the atmosphere was at the ELLE offices after the cover was released to the world.

"We're beyond excited, everybody is still finding it quite surreal but we're obviously all very proud. We just broke the cover and suddenly, in a matter of a few hours, you then get an e-mail from the BBC World Service, and you're like 'Oh, ok we're going global  - so it's been very cool." Said Tidi.

#tbt When we shot @castersemenya800m . #DecemberIssue #ELLESACASTER @nike @ellesouthafrica 📸 : @themba_mbuyisa

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Tidi was interviewed by BBC World who immediately got in contact with her after the cover began trending on social media she shared with us how her interview with BBC World went down.

"I think the first question they asked our Publisher, Gisele, is that what made the team decide to choose Caster as a cover.

The story behind it is that this was supposed to be an editorial for our November Issue and once the shoot was done and the story designed for November, it looked so incredible that it lead to the decision for us to convert that into a big story for our December Issue.

The second question from BBC World was them wanting to know what type of person Caster is and what I told them is that what makes Caster amazing is that she is authentic. 

She's very funny, down to earth and they also delved into asking questions about how she deals with the pressure of all the negative press that may have been written about her, but the reality is that she is who she is, and whatever is written about her, whether good or bad, just motivates her to just keep going.

Soon. #DecemberIssue #ELLESACASTER @nike @ellesouthafrica @castersemenya800m 📷: @jodi_bieber

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She makes such an impact just because of the person that she is and that makes her the perfect person to celebrate on ELLE."

Since the cover was made public on Friday morning, 18 November, we've seen a number of celebrities such Anele Mdoda, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba and Terry Pheto repost the cover on their own Instagram accounts and commended ELLE Magazine for the splendid work they did with Caster Semenya.

Yes ELLE !!!!!!!!!!! Dammit yes !!!!!!

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ALL THE YESES IN THE WORLD!!!! Well done @ellesouthafrica 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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Well done Caster and ELLE Magazine South Africa!