The Original Iman Mkwanazi

The model-pretty businesswoman is all about laid back style

Words: Dylan Muhlenberg | Photographs: I See a Different You & Bevan Davis

While it was clear that the strikingly beautiful Iman Mkwanazi might model, what we wouldn’t have guessed is that along with doing her BSC honours she also owns a construction business, has been featured in Forbes Woman Africa and was invited to participate in Levi’s Pioneer Nation. It's no breeze being a young woman in a male dominated field like construction, and when you consider that she’s also creative director at  MadMash, a city guide app for Durban, then you start to realise that you’re dealing with far more than just a pretty face. But what about her style?

“I want to be comfortable more than anything, and I am a big fan of simplicity. I do what I want especially when it comes to expressing myself via fashion. You need to understand that no matter what, not everyone is going to like what you do and that's okay, you will be fine and life will continue.”

Age: 25

Vocation: model and entrepreneur 

Hood: Lenasia

Social media handle: @ImanMkwanazi

What have you put together here and why do you love it?

A pair of highrise Levi's jeans, a nice knit and ankle boots. It's simple yet stylish.

Where would you wear this?

I would wear this to a casting or varsity.

Who would you want to see you wearing this?

A varsity student. You don't need a lot to look good.

How many times a day do you change your outfit and why?

Once a day on a regular day and twice if I have an event in the evening.

What’s your favourite emoji?

The smiling/blushing face.

What's the most embarrassing trend you've ever bought into?

New rocks.

Which style icons do you follow on Instagram?


What's the most important piece in your wardrobe?

High-waisted black ankle-grazers.

If you had to wear a uniform for the rest of your life what would it comprise of?

Blue Levi's boyfriend jeans, white shirt and Oxfords, brogues or moccasins.