Nomzamo Mbatha from Durban counts David Tlale and Gavin Rajah among her favourite South African designers and says Beyonce, Rita Ora, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian are some of the celebrities that have influenced her own style.
How would you describe your personal style?
Nomzamo: I would describe my personal style as very edgy, daring and youthful. I love accentuating the parts of my bodies that I'm comfortable with and love wearing statement pieces. A different kind of sexy.
Who are your style icons?
Nomzamo: Rihanna (trendsetter) Rita Ora(daring) Beyonce(classy) and Kim Kardashian(stylish)
What are your thoughts on South African fashion and which designers do you like?
Nomzamo: I think SA designers have progressively shown that they are slowly reaching international status when it comes to designs. I think David Tlale, Gavin Rajah and Gert-Johan Coetzee are some of my personal favourites.
Where do you shop?
Nomzamo: I buy stuff almost everywhere really but mostly frequent Cotton On, YDE, Mr Price and Luella
What are the latest trends that you are dying to rock?
Nomzamo: I'm not one to follow trends but the wagon that I will be jumping on is rocking graphic tees, African prints and structured pieces ( personal favourites being designs by Balmain and Hervè Leger)
Why do you think you are the perfect fit for the job?
Nomzamo: I think I'm a fresh face with a different point of view. I feel that Not only am I relatable but I'm just genuine and authentic. I'm passionate about music and lifestyle and believe that with the vision of where I see not only my country but also Africa as a whole..greater things are to come. I want to be a part of the movement that puts the African entertainment scene in the forefront. Plus I'm knowledgeable, and driven!
Worst case scenario, you don't win. What will be next step in your journey?
Nomzamo: Well at the moment my eye is on the prize. No room for losing.. But in the even that it does happen that I don't win then I'll still keep pushing and pursue other opportunities and ventures. I'm very hopeful about what is yet to come.
(UPDATE: While she did not win the MTV Base presenter search Mbatha has since been cast as Thandeka in the Mzansi Magic telenovela "Isibaya")