Amanda Cooke is a mother, business woman, and a natural hair and lifestyle blogger, who manages to balance all of her responsibilities with fascinating ease. In 2015, she started her apparel brand called Cape Town Curly, that encapsulates her passion for the natural hair movement, with an added South African flavour. This has landed her features in titles such as the Cape Argus and Kuier Magazine.
She is the co-founder of Cape Town Naturally, a social movement that encourages women to embrace, and take care of their natural hair through self-love, self-acceptance, and self-empowerment. In 2016, Amanda, alongside 4 other naturalistas, hosted the inaugural Cape Town Natural Hair Festival, which was attended by 800 naturals, and was featured on international lifestyle blog, Black Girl Long Hair, as well as a few local South African newspapers.
On 24 September 2017, Cape Town Naturally is hosting a ‘Hairitage High Tea’, as part of Heritage Day celebrations. Naturalistas will be able to come together, celebrate themselves and other women, shop, and engage with proudly natural, key speakers.
What are you celebrating this Women’s Month?
There is an influx of women who are embracing their bodies and hair, and I salute them. We need to celebrate, and be comfortable with our authentic selves, because we are enough.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?
Femicide is our biggest issue, and we cannot turn a blind eye to that. A woman is killed every 8 hours in South Africa. This is 5 times higher than the global rate. Let that sink in …
What change would you like to see for us, as women, in the future?
Women have a nasty tendency to judge one another. I’d love to see us show appreciation for each other instead. There is nothing wrong with going up to another woman, and paying her a compliment. We need to pay each other more compliments, and celebrate each other’s achievements.
What advice would you give to a 10-year old you?
I’d love to tell my 10-year old self that there are more important things in life than her current bucket list. I’d love to tell her to make plans to explore her beautiful country, and then travel the world. I’d love to tell her to take more chances, and to believe in herself a little more.
What makes you proud to be a South African woman?
South African women are beautiful, strong, and resilient. We often get pushed around, and trod on, but we always come back stronger.
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Photographer: Jonathon Ferreira
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