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SEPTEMBER 2021


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1 KEO MOSTEPE | Photography by DEEN 4

2 LOST AND WONDER | Photography by HAILEY LIU 4

3 Heiress of New York | Photography by JAMES W. SCHEUER 16 4 Man of the Hour | Photography by ALONZA MITCHELL 28 5 Eugenia | Photography by DAVIDE DAL MAS 34

6 Welcome to the Secret Garden| Photography by BORIS BRENMAN 42

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KEO MOTSEPE INSPIRING US THROUGH DANCE Growing up, Keo Motsepe could feel his heart beat

to the rhythm and his body move to the melody.

Having grown up in a culture where dance was not considered a sport for men, Keo knew he had to break that barrier. “There truly is no gender

assigned to dance. It is for everyone to express themselves,” he opened up. “I wanted to break

that stereotype and also prove to my parents that I could be something other than what I was

expected to be.” You see, in his culture, if a young boy wished to pursue an athletic career it meant playing soccer or rugby…Wonderful sports but not those meant for him.

me dance!” You see, things do fall into place!

The fire that has always burned within Keo

pushed him to never give up which brought on even more stepping stones in his life. In time,

he became the first African dancer on “Burn the

Floor” and then the first black dancer on Dancing with the Stars which meant the world to him. “It's

a happy feeling because I am the FIRST and that

means setting a precedent for others, but it is also a responsibility,” he said candidly. “It comes with a certain amount of pressure and judgement

His father did not support his love for ballroom

dancing wanted his son to pursue a career as

a soccer player. “He would literally buy me new soccer shoes or a ball practically every week to

try to get me to engage,” Keo shared. “I did like to play soccer at home with him for fun. It made

him happy and I enjoyed that, but not the way

I enjoy dancing.” It would take strength and dedication because as I am sure many of us have

felt at some point of our lives, it’s never easy to

go against your parents’ wishes! But when your love and passion for something surpasses that… there is no stopping it. You decide to have faith and pray that things fall into place.

because being the first means you have a lot to

live up to and a lot of weight in setting an example for others.” A role he took on and conquered!

And not alone! His longtime partner, Oti Mabuse,

has been his dance partner and friend as they made history. After all, ballroom dancing is not an easy dance. You are not just dealing with yourself! Keo dove in deeper and explained, “you are

dealing with your partner as well, their emotions and concerns and physical limitations. You have to connect with them on so many levels and earn

trust.” Over time and practice, you attain that

level and the fruition of your hard work finally pays

off. For this dancing duo, the reward came with

“Pursuing dance gave me a sense of independence

and accomplishment,” emphasized Keo. And

luckily, “it also bonded me to my mother who supported my decision.” At just the age of seven,

he walked into the kitchen one day and shared

his plans of pursuing ballroom dancing to which his mother just smiled and said okay; and that was it. “My Dad eventually came around and is a

big supporter today,” he shared with a smile. “He

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always tells me he is proud and loves watching

“opening those doors for young black kids” and giving them the hope and inspiration to pursue their own dreams.

As he continues to inspire progress and change, the talented dancer notices that “now there is more

acceptance and opportunities in dance for men than ever before.” His time on Dancing with the Stars made ballroom dancing “cool” and allows young kids to see their heroes and idols taking

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on dance which makes it all the more attractive.

We all remember what it was like growing up and wanting to be just like those we looked up to! Getting to his childhood dream come to life and

be instilled in other young kids is a gift like no other for Keo.

don’t silence it.” It’s time to let yourself ROAR! Find what makes your mind soar and your heart glow, what makes you feel love just as dance does for

Keo! Keep finding that strength and motivation to push through no matter the obstacles because you matter and deserve true happiness!

“For me, everyone is equal and we all face different types of adversity in our lives,” he shared with a

warm heart. “I want to inspire everyone, not just

black children from South Africa, but all kids of all countries and races. I want them to know that ballroom dancing is cool and it is an option for

them.” As he added, “if I can do it, so can they! I

want to bring people together through dance, not

divide people.” And let me tell you, having had

the pleasure to meet Keo in person, this is exactly what he does and more.

Keo Motsepe is an inspiration to many. Having had a dream and the courage to pursue it, he shows us what it means to love yourself and make

your dreams come true. Igniting a fire within all of us, whether he is dancing away or just flashing a smile your way, it is hard to ignore the intoxicating

positivity that resonates from him. Thank you,

Keo! We can’t wait to see where you go next! Oh, and did I forget to mention he is also a cook? Keep reading on to discover his top five favorite dishes…

His light fills a room with such warmth and his

Top 5 favorite cooking dishes to make and why.

spirit, I had to know what his recipe to happiness

Sushi ...and I do make sushi at home too. I love it!

laugh leaves you with chills! With such a kindred was to which he answered, “happiness is being

okay with yourself. Feeling good just doing things

by yourself and not needing other people to make

you happy.” A reoccurring piece of advice I have been hearing lately…And one I have personally been integrating into my day to day life and let me

tell you, it works miracles! As Keo added, “fall in love with your beautiful self first.” Yes, please!

And as we do so and try to navigate through the turmoils of life, Keo reminds us to always “follow your heart. Nothing in life is easy and it takes time to

find success, but it’s about taking the first step and improving every day. If this dream is in your heart,

Spaghetti bolognese, that’s my go-to pasta dish.

I have a go-to salad too. It has green olives,

avocado, tomatoes, jalapeno, cucumber and balsamic vinegar for dressing.

Of course a South African dish! My favorite is Boerewors Roll which is a sausage in a roll that is

similar to an American hot dog. This is the thing you have to have when you go to South Africa

Lastly, Lamb chops with chimichurri sauce and mashed potatoes. It sounds simple but has to be done just right.

In my career, I’d love to have my own show someday that brings dance and my other passions together.

Talent KEO MOTSEPE @keo_motsepe Photographer DEEN @deensvision Styling BO ROSES @boroses Grooming ARLEN FARMER @arlenjeremy Interview ALEXANDRA BONNET @alexbonnetwrites Production @bellomediagroup x @maisonpriveepr_la x @alexbonnetwrites

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Lost and

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Photography HAILEY LIU @haileyliu Model SATYA MAI @satya_mai_official Makeup LYNN LIU @lynnlmakeup Florist + Set Design AHLESFLEURS @ahlesfleurs Styling SISSI WANG @sssissssi Dress 3.1 PHILIP LIM

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Heiress of New York Photography + Art Direction + Retouch JAMES W. SCHEUER @jayflex Model LISA-MARIE JAFTHA @lisamariejaftha @New York Models Styling + Art Direction ETHINA AHMED @ethinaaaa Makeup DAMARIS SANTANA @damarismua Hair CARLOS JACOME @carlosjacome

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Hour Photography & Art Direction ALONZA MITCHELL @alonzamitchell Styling & Grooming JANIS LOZANO @thejanismara with Directions USA @directionsusa Model MICHAEL FEKETE @michael.fekete with Directions USA @directionsusa Photographer Assistant TYJA MITCHELL @tyja_mitchell Retouching ANIA IKONNIKOVA @retouch.aniakonnikova JOE BRADLEY @joseph_bradley_photo Fashion PR MAISON PRIVÉE

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Eugenia Photography DAVIDE DAL MAS @davidedalma Model EUGENIA CAPITANELLI Styling ANDREA ROMANO @andrea.romano.88 Makeup SUSANNE TYLLESEN @susanne_tyllesen

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Welcome to the Secret Garden Photography BORIS BRENMAN @theborisproject Model TIAN-YI CHANG @tianyinyc @EMG Models Styling CHRISTINE MANTHEY @msmanthey Hair + Makeup MONIQUE ALBRITTON

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