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01

The Matte Project - Amanda Black

Award-winning singer, Amanda Black, sat down with Mathahle to tell her story: from growing up in rural Eastern Cape to being taken advantage of by opportunistic restaurant owners in Port Elizabeth. She explains why being rejected by Idols never killed her belief in her talent and delves into when she started appreciating her looks. Of course, she shares her favourite and not so favourite beauty products.
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The Matte Project - Sthandiwe Kgoroge

Actor and businesswoman Sthandiwe Kgoroge has great talent on and off screen. Beyond her obvious talent, Stha is very kind and generous, two qualities that add to her beauty and list of things we love about her. On this day, she arrived at our studios bursting with positive energy and ready for some girl-chat. Mathahle asked her about her childhood as an adventurous tomboy growing up with 3 brothers, Stha reminisced about her mother¹s love of beauty products and the liberating feeling that came with cutting off all of her hair. Of course she took us through her daily beauty routine and shares her love for the local Rooibos skin care range.
03

The Matte Project - Nzinga Qunta

Mathahle sat with Nzinga to talk about her journey from modeling (first face of Garnier in SA and she rocked her natural hair in the whole campaign!) to daily news anchor. She shares a beauty tip she received from her late father and tells us what her relationship with makeup is like post-modeling.
04

The Matte Project - Nomzamo Mbatha

Actor and model Nomzamo Mbatha is a breath of fresh air in many ways. She walked into our studios with a huge grin, an infectious laugh and smelling of one delicious Le Labo fragrance. On this delightful episode, Nomzamo talked to Mathahle about the importance of vision boards, knowing how to receive, growing up as ³the good girl², her strict grandma, taking notes from Oprah at 12 and, of course, shares some beauty tips for when traveling on long flights.
05

The Matte Project - Melo B Jones

Melo B is a singer, songwriter whose debut album, The Start, came out last year. She spoke to Mathahle about her journey into a musical career, sounding like an old soul and of course her personal journey with beauty.
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The Matte Project - Melanie Bala

Ever graceful, ever warm and with THAT smile - Melanie Bala stopped by and chatted to Mathahle about beauty in the context of growing up with two parents from two completely different ethnicities and cultures. She talks about how yoga has shifted her entire outlook and credits it for why she's been looking so hot lately, her schizophrenic relationship with makeup and why the IG slay culture is not for her. Mel also talks about the politics of beauty as a woman of colour and why it's important to call brands out when they take us (women of colour) for a ride.
07

The Matte Project - Pumla Gqola

She’s a feminist academic, an author of four books, a professor and just a joyful force of nature. Pumla Gqola spoke to Mathahle about growing up a chubby, clumsy, precarious little girl in the university town of Alice, how boarding school made her aware of her body, what her late father taught her and her love of beauty products that are made sustainably and responsibly… except when it comes to perfume. With perfume, she’ll take whatever trash it comes with.

7 episodes