Idols judge and Metro FM presenter has become the first South Africa to grace the cover of Grazia Magazine. The cover was shot on location in Sandton and styled by the magazine's fashion editor Mbali Soga. Says editor-in-chief Danielle Weakley; “I just love Unathi – she’s been firmly in the public eye since the start of the Idols season making week after week of savvy (local!) sartorial choices, which is no mean feat. Plus she addresses the contestants – and anyone she meets - with warmth, wit and grace.”
The cover comes in a year that saw several fash mag editors taking the leap of faith by putting local stars on the cover, something I doubt is an easy thing to do considering that few local stars have the kind of crossover appeal that is required for a face to be able to move those copies off the shelves. Local editions of international fash mags that have featured local stars in this past year include the current issue of ELLE, which features Bonang Matheba, and Marie Claire's June issue which was covered by Terry Pheto. Even though it is not a fash mag, the Lira cover for Women's Health does not go unnoticed!