One of SA’s favourite athletes of the moment, 10km distance star Mapaseka Makhanya, has grown in stature as a leading female athlete in South Africa.
In recent times, she has devoted time to raising the profile of her personal brand. Her style is eclectic and she is not afraid to take risks to celebrate her femininity.
As a mom of one, Mapaseka exudes confidence and drive as she balances career and family, and does so while looking the part.
gsport spoke to her about her nomination, her personal style and how she goes about building her brand.
Mapaseka, how does it feel to be nominated for a gsport Style Star Award?
I’m so thrilled to be a finalist for the gsport Style Star of the Year, and inspired to reach greater heights of putting style and sport together.
It’s work in progress and I am still working on it but I’ve come very far especially as an athlete, to grow the Mapaseka “Speed-Star” Makhanya brand.
How would you describe your style?
Elegant, sporty, sassy and sexy. I was told dressing well is a form of respect and I try to dress well on and off the field.
Who are your style icons/role models?
Rihanna and the late Amy Winehouse.
What is your advice to aspiring sports stars?
Always be yourself and never be afraid to fail, because you want to leave a legacy, not just footprint or a soccer ball.
What do you love most about the gsport Awards?
The gsport Awards elevate women’s profiles and athletes get measured against South Africa’s best.
How can we raise the profile of women’s sport in SA?
We need to host more sporting events that are led by women for woman, from all walks of life. Have life skills programs and coaching clinics.
Photo 1 caption: Always stylishly turned out, Mapaseka Makhanya pictured just before winning the 2013 SPAR Grand Prix. Photo: Reg Caldecott
Photo 2 caption: The 2015 gsport Style Star Award finalist is keen to grow her Mapaseka “Speed-Star” Makhanya brand, and takes fashion cues from Rihanna and the late Amy Winehouse. Photo: Supplied