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March 3, 2012

Inspirations: Dr. Precious Moloi - Motsepe, The Fashion Doctor.

Dr. Precious Moloi - Motsepe is a South African mother of three children and a trained Medical Practitioner. According to Mari Davis, "She could easily be on the list of the World’s 10 Best Dressed Women if ever she deemed it very important." As the wife of the South African billionaire and entrepreneur, others might say she went into fashion for the money. Clearly, it was not the case. Articles on her say "She entered the fashion world to promote South Africa’s young designers and in turn bring business to her country."

When she was questioned as to her achievements in the fashion industry including her reasons for the steps she had taken, she said, “My family created a philanthropic foundation with projects that tackle education, health and the development of young talents in South Africa, in particular art, culture, sports and fashion.”

She also commended South Africa for its rich and diverse culture and expressed her belief that, if given the proper and necessary training and encouragement, young design talents can cull from these.

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe hopes to put South African fashion on the worldwide fashion map. To do this she has supported many young South African designers towards achieving their dreams. Gavin Rajah, a leading South African designer has shown his collections in Paris for the past two couture seasons. She also added four South African designers to show in Paris for the then upcoming Paris Haute Couture Fall 2007 season. These designers included Thabani Mavundla, Thula Sindi, Fundudzi (with Creative Director – Craig Jacobs), and David Tlale, making it a total of five, with Gavin Rajah topping the list.

She has been Chairman of Leisureworx, the organizers of Capetown Fashion Week, Durban Fashion Week and Johannesburg Fashion Week, each of them hold bi-annual shows in South Africa. We love her for her self-assurance, determination, and perseverance through the challenges she encounters for Africa.

Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe is the inspiration for March, 2012.  
Photos courtesy of Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe 
Article written by Mari Davis

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