ELLE’s 2013 style reporter finalists

ELLE and Blackberry have announced the bloggers that have made it into the finals of the ELLE Style Reporter 2013 search. The journey started in July and has scoured the country looking for young fashion bloggers and street style spotters that have a great eye and a strong fashion opinion.


‘They certainly have a strong point of view, a good visual narrative, innovative lateral interpretation of the brief as well as an understanding of creating a signature blog,’ said ELLE editor Jackie Burger.


Click through to find out more about each finalist and their blog. We’re so putting these on our reading list!

Niquita Bento, 22
Student, Cape Town
Blog: Neck Of The Woods
‘I am beyond ecstatic to have been selected as a 2013 finalist. I feel that all
the work I have been involved in until now has been in preparation for this
competition. Street style is self-expression. It’s personal, it’s fun, it’s
reinvention and that’s what I try to convey in my work. I love finding beauty in
the mundane. I want my images to be the ones people will always remember,
the ones that provoke thought, tell a story and stay with you.’

Lebogang Tlhako, 25
Freelance photographer, Johannesburg
Blog: Smadzada
‘As a finalist for the second year in a row I feel a sense of accomplishment to
be part of this journey again. As a photography graduate, it’s my passion to
capture what is genuine and what is happening on the streets of SA. I use an
analogue camera, which brings a different perspective to fashion blogging. I
want people to be able to connect with and relate to my work – not just now
but also in the future. I love to shoot the unexpected – a great shot is when all
the right elements come together in one moment: the textures, the
background, the lighting and the personality.’

Elelwani Netshifhire, 22
Film and television graduate, Cape Town
Blog: Streetarazzi
‘I aim to capture silent stylish moments which pass by every day without being
noticed or documented, and I hope people see this and walk away wanting
more. For me, street style is about observing. I want to inform people through
my visual reporting. This competition is a journey to grow and learn and be
mentored – winning is a bonus.’

Kirsten Mackrill, 20
Fine art student, Cape Town
Blog: Wild and Over Dressed
‘The fashion industry is where I have always dreamt of being and to be
given the opportunity by ELLE and BlackBerry® is completely overwhelming. I
am extremely excited to be able to learn and grow as a fashion blogger and
enthusiast. I want to be able to capture the way fashion inspires me, and
communicate this to others. I want to bring a fresh take on this year’s

Themba Mbuyisa, 21
Student, Johannesburg
Blog: Colourful Pain
‘This is the first time I’ve entered a competition like this, and as a photography
student I knew this was one I couldn’t miss out on. I hope people will see the
beauty in my work, and for me colour, personality and facial expressions are what tell a story. Beautiful sunlight and colours make me
stop and snap – I want to capture my love of detail and showcase the
importance of a considered shot and story.’

Kabelo Seshibe, 21
Journalism student, Johannesburg
Blog: Rebelle House
‘Street style, to me, is a form of expression. I look forward to capturing this in
my Style Reporter journey. I want to capture what is relevant, the unique, the
different and the significant. It’s something that can’t be imitated. I want to
capture how style resonates with the individual, and what fashion says about
them beyond the clothes. I look forward to capturing a reflection of my time in
this competition.’

Thanda Kunene, 23
Photography student, Durban
Blog: The Overlooker
‘This competition demands not only someone who has an eye for fashion and
an understanding of how different art forms influence fashion, but also
someone who is online-savvy and hot off the mark. My passion is to tell
stories through fashion and provide a strong and unique visual voice, one that
references bygone eras but in an African and modern context. Visual imagery
that talks to the viewer makes me stop and snap, instead of imagery that is
“perfect” or “planned”.’

— Emily

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