Vanguard Podcast: The Politics of Beauty, Fashion and Intelligence: On smart women being ‘hot babes’

By Vanguard Reporter

Our editor Panashe Chigumadzi was interviewed on Talk Radio 702 after she was featured in an article by feminist writer Simamkele Dlakavu, titled “On smart women being ‘hot babes’” . This was a piece that was inspired by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s own questioning of the binary discussion on intelligence and fashion. In the article, Chingumandzi says that from her experience in corporate South Africa “there is that pressure to show that you are serious” and that one needs to have a “very polished look”. However what is deemed as “polished” is not neutral and means a “more Anglo-Saxon appearance”. Check out the podcast 

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