Actress Thando ‘owned’ her Naked Issue shoot. There were no moments of hesitation, awkwardness or doubt. She exuded confidence and embodied the wonderful French expression ‘bien dans sa peau’ (at ease in and comfortable with her body). Although the Marie Claire team was unaware, she did admit later that ‘initially, when I dropped the towel, it’s like, “OMG, what is happening?” But once the ball was rolling, I surprisingly had the time of my life.’

There is little wonder that her role as Nolwazi Buzo mesmerises viewers of the popular South African soap opera Generations: The Legacy. From the get-go, it was clear that she’s a professional. Thando also has her own 5FM radio show, The Thando Thabooty Show.

Thando was keen to participate in the Marie Claire campaign not only because she has enjoyed the previous editions of the campaign, but because ‘the idea behind the Naked Issue is to raise awareness for our chosen charities.’

Thando supports POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse). ‘I’m an activist, feminist and huge supporter of women’s rights. The Naked Issue campaign has allowed me to celebrate my body, and I wish for all women to be able to do the same.’

She feels that because she has influence (‘like it or not the, the work I do gives me a voice’), she has a responsibility to speak or DO for those who can’t.

With the recent spate of horrendous femicides in South Africa, Thando hopes to lend a helping hand to POWA through this campaign. She also hosts the annual netball event called the Thando Thabethe Women’s Day Netball Challenge, which is currently in its fourth year. ‘It urges ordinary people and corporates donating funds to fight violence against women.’

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Hair: Saadique Ryklief

Make-up: Liz van der Merwe at Red Hot Ops