I met Connie Ferguson for the first time a few years ago, on a cover shoot that ended up running three hours behind schedule because the fashion stylist arrived late. Like ducks on water, we frantically made hushed threats to the stylist over the phone while fake smiling our way through small talk, waiting and trying to act like everything was OK. There was no doubt in my mind that the day was not going to end well: We had one of Mzansi’s most respected and loved celebrity couples AND their children honouring our request to have them in our magazine and yet we were failing to deliver. It caught us by great surprise when one hour and a couple of feeble (weak) apologies later, Connie told us all to breathe and hope that the stylist would arrive soon so we could get on with the business of taking pretty pictures. Just like that, the charcoal cloud of disappointment that hung in the air vanished. Shona was the same – calm and accommodating throughout – their daughters Lesedi and Alicia, well-mannered and patient. Thankfully, we got around to doing the shoot that day.
It was no surprise this time when Mrs Ferguson arrived at this month’s cover shoot wearing her signature smile and easygoing attitude. Over the years, I’ve come to know that this is a woman who greets people by name and will do anything it takes to get a good job done; she’ll even style her own hair if need be. With the disaster of our last encounter well behind us, we’re overjoyed to have our second chance with this ever graceful and elegant star, who’s mastered the very difficult balance of remaining the same in character while growing in success. Read about her big achievements, humility and hard work on page 14.
On pages 140 and 141, we feature local and international celebrities’ thoughts and kind words about another humble Mzansi icon, Nelson Mandela, as we celebrate Mandela Day this month. Like Connie and Shona, we have other couples who motivate our faith in love like our celeb couple, Shugasmackx and his wife on page 61, young lovebirds on Modern Love (page 63) and newlyweds who started out as friends on page 66. Happy reading!
Let’s meet again next month. God Bless
What's on in July
6 July: The annual Vodacom Durban July takes place at the Greyville Racecourse. Get ready to see horse races and fabulous fashions to go with this year’s Posh, Oh My Gosh! theme. General access to the event is R200 with tickets available at Computicket.
30-31 July: Catch the Cape Town leg of the WWE World Tour at the Grand West Arena. Fans have a chance to see all their favourite WWE SmackDown Superstars and Divas including Alberto Del Rio,
Randy Orton, Sheamus, Big Show, South Africa’s own Justin Gabriel, Mark Henry, Wade Barrett, Sin Cara, Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes and The Great Khali. Ticket are priced at R295 – R600 at Computicket.