A/W 2017 Fashion Edit by Naomi Shimada

Called the best thing on Instagram by Refinery 29, body-positive activist, model, and nascent documentary maker Naomi Shimada is a warm ray of sunshine in our cynical times. Rarely seen without a brightly colored outfit, a huge smile, and a great pair of kicks, half Japanese, raised-in-Spain Naomi is one of a kind and I adore her. N.Y....

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Camila Fernandez and her London Marathon

Make-Up Artist Camila Fernandez was once an assistant of mine. She always had a thing for running- not a bad thing to have when your life involves more standing and waiting (near a table forever laden with refined carbs!) than actual physical graft.  Cardio is definitely a set-based worker’s best friend and I loved to hear her stories of 5k this and...

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A Model Life, the Pat Cleveland interview Biography

Imagine waking up to an email asking you whether you’d like to interview one of your idols… it’s every writer’s wet dream. That’s what happened to me recently on a gloomy and otherwise non-remarkable December day, “ThandieKay would probably love an interview with Pat Cleveland?” read the subject line, followed by a brief description of Pat’s achievements and accolades,...

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Talking to Tahmina Begum of XXY Magazine

It’s not every day you meet a 20-year old student who edits a gender politics magazine, is a Muslim, who has a penchant for pom-pom earrings and purple lipstick (or eyeshadow – or both)! Here she is and her name is Tahmina Begum. Writer and ThandieKay.com contributor Rosalind Jana has a few words about her friend Tahmina. Rosalind: Tahmina Begum heads up XXY magazine – a...

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Q and A with Artist Zoe Buckman

I felt so strongly about Zoe’s work reflecting the recent revelations surrounding Dr.Dre‘s history of violence, prompted by the release of movie Straight Outta Compton, that I felt it deserved a post all by itself. Her ongoing project Every Curve explores the contradictory and complimentary influences of Feminism and Hip-Hop on her upbringing. She reminds me of Sam Taylor Wood – and the unique growth of...

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Rosalind Jana’s M-Up Adventures in Paradise

My first make-up bag was a small, shiny affair. The kind with a cheap zip and inside corners stained with glitter. It was stuffed with all the things a thirteen year old could desire: roll on shimmery eye shadow, mascaras in purple, blue and yellow, metallic eyeliners that flaked as soon as they were dry, palettes of sticky...

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Emeline Talks To Cheryl Jumbo of BBFA

A Cosmetic Scientist, Founder of Cherry Coco (a natural skincare company) and Black Beauty Communications ltd. Cheryl Jumbo, one of six children, was born in Glasgow to Nigerian parents. She recently announced the UK’s first ever beauty industry awards event for Black Beauty products aptly named the “Black Beauty and Fashion Awards”. We spoke about her experience in...

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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.