Who Is Bobo Matjila ?

“You Should Never Settle For A Career That You’re Not Excited Or Passionate About”

Tell us a little bit about your background. Where were you born?

Bobo: I was born in South Africa, and I’ve been moving around ever since I was 6. I’ve also lived inBelgium, Switzerland and now LA, so I’ve had quite an International background! I’m currently a student in University about to receive my degree in Business Admin with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, and I’m also minoring in Art & Design.

What’s it like living in Los Angeles?

Bobo: I love living in LA! Initially, it was really hard to adjust and such a massive culture shock, especially as an African, but now that I’ve become acclimated, I love that it’s such a melting pot of culture and art, and I get to meet and collaborate with the most interesting, creative people.

What do fashion bloggers blog about?

Bobo: It definitely varies, but generally anything within the topic of Beauty, Lifestyle & Fashion. I personally blog about fashion, trends and personal style, although I’ve recently also started blogging about hair and vlogging about feminist issues like body image and standards of beauty, because that’s always been something I’m really passionate about.

At what point did you decide you wanted to start your own blog?

Bobo: I started blogging 10 months ago. After spending the summer in London for an internship, I started posting a lot of outfit pictures on Instagram and realized they were gaining a lot of traction. I also started realizing how much I enjoy being in front of the camera, so I figured the natural thing to do would be to start a fashion blog – and I haven’t looked back ever since!

Your wardrobe wouldn’t survive without..

Bobo: All of my beaded jewelry! Because I’m a constant foreigner, I feel like I always need to carry around a piece of home, so I wear my Kenyan and South African bracelets and necklaces everyday, and I almost always shoot with my jewelry too. Besides that, shoulder pads and red lipstick. Every woman needs shoulder pads and a strong red lip.

You have this awesome nose ring jewelry. Does it hurt?

Bobo: Thank you! Haha it’s a faux septum so it doesn’t hurt. I’m still not ready for the commitment of a full piercing!

What inspired you to get it?

Bobo: I just really love experimenting with my look so I thought it would be an interesting addition to my face, and I like that it adds an aspect of symmetry to my face.

Describe African fashion in 5 words……

Bobo: Regal, beautiful, distinct and tastefully eclectic! (Sorry that was 6 words “Laughs”!)

In my handbag, you will always find……..

Bobo: …lipstick and some lotion to keep those elbows hydrated!

Your style in 6 words….

Bobo: Afrocentric, eclectic, colorful and ever-evolving

Which fashion websites are you following?

Bobo: I absolutely love i-D, and le21eme. But because I also really enjoy runway shows, I occasionally frequent Style.com.

Any beauty secrets to share with other ladies out there?

Bobo: Yes! There’s no amount of makeup that will give you the glow that water can give you. I’m also vegan so I’m a firm believer of beauty from the inside-out. But honestly, all you really need is black soap, cayenne pepper, water and coconut oil and everything will sort itself out!

What can our readers expect next from you?

Bobo: Right now I’m working on my first entrepreneurial venture. My friend and I are creating a hair app that connects women (more specifically black women with curly and/or textured hair) to hair stylists and hair resources. If all goes well, we can expect to launch the beta version by December. Wish us luck!

Any inspirational words for the younger aspiring models out there and for people who want to start their own blogs?

Bobo: Yes, just do it! You should never settle for a career that you’re not excited or passionate about. Anything you want to do, you’re more than capable, so go do it! In fact, start now!

Source : ZenMagazine