Meet Beauty Blogger Hafsa Issa-Salwe

I first came across Hafsa through our friend Millie Kendall. Hafsa was doing some work there and Millie said, “you have to meet Hafsa, you’d find her really interesting’. I’ve since followed her award-winning blog and have been meaning to write about here for ever-so finally, meet the lovely Hafsa! Where are your parents from? My parents are from Somalia...

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Q+A with MDMFlow beauty entrepreneur Florence Adepoju

‘Influenced by the glamour associated with mid 90s–00s hip hop culture’,  Florence Adepoju MDMFlow is the concept of Florence Adepoju,  a Scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Cosmetic Science from the London College of Fashion. Having spent undergraduate life studying and working in luxury beauty retail, Florence (Flow) decided upon graduating in July 2013 to do what was in her...

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Isra’a, a woman of our times

Forward by Susannah, a friend of ours who visited Beirut recently and met with some of the Syrian women who are among at least one and a half million people who have been forced to leave their homes and flee to camps in Lebanon. Hearing her experiences while there were precious and fascinating, I was hearing stories untold...

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Going ‘Rogue’ in NYC

Red Carpet Ready for ‘Rogue’ I love every aspect of getting ready for a Premiere. It starts a couple of months before when I get a schedule of what appearances I’ll need to attend. The Premiere itself is usually at the end of a week long publicity push – so it’s just one of the looks I’ll need to...

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Q+A with Amanda De Cadenet

Amanda and I have known each other since she was 15, and I was 19, at various stages of our lives. First, as ardent clubbers in the heady 80′s, then via mutual friends in the 90′s NY fashion scene, and later via the world wide web when we realized that we’d both arrived at a similar page via...

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Talking with John Masters Organic

Being ‘the change you wish to see in the world‘ is not necessarily the motivation for many entrepreneurs. They have vision, courage and are not frightened of doing something that hasn’t been done before, in fact, that’s a large part of any brand’s success: filling a void, establishing a niche. But how many entrepreneurs use these visionary strengths...

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Thandie interviews Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

  When we first started ThandieKay, we were very aware of using the concept of beauty to explore a far wider canvas than our faces. That is why one of our very first posts on this platform was on Pakistani filmmaker, activist, and double Oscar-winnerSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Amidst our front page with lovely interviews and ‘tips on beauty’,  was a...

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Q&A Anoushka Shankar

Don’t you want to just look at Anoushka Shankar all day long? She’s a genetic fantasy. Growing up between London, Delhi and California she’s been a professional, recording sitar artist since the age of 16. She’s a multiple Grammy nominee, has collaborated with her father (the late, great Ravi Shankar), Herbie Hancock, Sting, and Lenny Kravitz. She conducts,...

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Rose Talks To Nia Pettitt AKA FroGirlGinny

Nia Pettitt is a force to be reckoned with. At the tender age of nineteen, the half-English, half-Zimbabwean model has built an online community of young women who share her passion for honouring and embracing the beauty of natural Afro hair. Her fans are spread across the world, united by a shared celebration of natural beauty and a mutual adoration of...

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About Me

Thandi Kay

Actress, Blogger & Traveler

Actress Thandie Newton and make-up artist Kay Montano met nearly 10 years ago on a shoot for UK Vogue (see ‘Our First Shoot Together’ post here). Since then a strong friendship has grown out of countless professional collaborations in fashion, beauty, red carpet, on stage and screen.