We recently had a cyber catch up with one of Africa’s rising stars, Kele Mogotsi. The NY based, Botswana-born actress is the co-founder of independent production company – 3rd Culture Productions. She has also co-written a feature-length film with an international cast about the joy, confusion and angst one goes through in their 20’s, which is still in production. However, today we are picking her beautiful brain about style, fashion and her hopes for African designers. Scroll down for more.
What do you love about Botswana? There’s a ‘work to live’ philosophy here which I value. It provides a good sanctuary to come to and rest on whenever I feel overworked or stressed out
What can you tell us about the fashion landscape in Botswana right now? What stands out to you? It’s definitely up and coming. There are Botswana designers doing well and making a splash internationally which is really lovely because it feels like the fashion stays true to its roots. The pieces often feel homegrown, proudly Botswana etc…
Tell us about the theme of this photoshoot. The basis of the shoot was all about traditional Botswana prints and fabrics that were all custom-made by local designers. To compliment that, we shot on a private Botswana farm on a typical 40 degrees Celsius day, with traditional Botswana woven baskets against the backdrop of our landscape. We had a kraal, livestock, mud huts, a breathtaking sunset… I really wanted to showcase the beauty of the lands.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Africa as a continent? Powerful. Resilient.
Who are you favourite African designers? (1 or 2) and why? Gilded Sands by Aobakwe Molosiwa. He creates beautiful silhouettes.
What do you miss most about home when you are away? My family.
Kele can be found at kelemogotsi.weebly.com Twitter: @kelemogotsi // Instagram: @kelemogotsi // FB: Kele Mogotsi