WATCHING the top South African soap opera Generations, one may be tempted to dismiss Sophie Ndaba – who used to play Queen Moroka – as a frivolous, gold-digging woman.
But in real life, Sophie plays a different ball game altogether, worlds apart from the character she used to play in the gripping “soapie” that kept millions glued to their television sets every night.
Sophie, who arrived in the country on Wednesday night, to launch the summer fashion season through the annual Edgars Fashion Extravaganza, is in the country until tomorrow.
Despite mothering two children – now aged 25 and 16 – she has retained a youthful look because she has “refused to grow old”.
“Fashion allows me to remain young,” she told a Press conference in Harare yesterday.
“Age doesn’t matter. But what does fashion say about you? It speaks to the way you feel. The way you look tells people how you are feeling. If you’re a woman and you’re not into fashion, I say to you, wake up – it’s the best experience ever.”
She described fashion as more important than people realise because for women, it is a life-changing experience.
She dared women not to wait for a man to tell them that they were sexy but to be proud of their bodies.
“I’m an African God-fearing woman and in everything that I do, I know it’s my right to enhance my beauty. I celebrate my figure,” she said.
“You don’t have to wait for someone to tell you that you’re sexy… You’re a fabulous black woman and you don’t apologise for it.”
She said a fashion style always made a statement.
“In my saddest moments, fashion tells my story,” said the philanthropic businesswoman, who has supported various charities over the past 15 years.