The event took place in an intimate setting celebrating SA’s most-admired women who were honored in three categories; Arts & Culture, Beauty & Fashion, and Media & Entertainment. Mavundla was honored under the Arts & Culture trendsetter which saw her scoop the price with over 80% votes by the public compared to the other nominees.
Looking radiant and fashion-forward draped in an Imprint original, Yaya Mavundla captured many hearts in the audience with her acceptance speech where she spoke about her upbringing and her journey to becoming her true self.
“To me, this is still a culture shock, I grew up in a space where we didn’t have television, I didn’t know newspapers and magazines existed. I also didn’t know people get awards and to see myself making headlines, starring in a TV show, and getting recognition from Sowetan and many other spaces is a validation that we are all worthy and nothing is impossible,” said Yaya Mavundla during her acceptance speech.
“Today I looked like the movement that I am creating for my brand and this wouldn’t have become a reality without my friend and make-up artist Boene Ntshilo who has elevated my confidence and made me look at myself in such a positive light,” concluded Yaya Mavundla.
The Sowetan Women’s Club 40th celebration also saw powerful women sharing their journey in the industry such as; broadcaster Hulisani Ravele, actress Thembi Seete, and digital creator Mpoomy Ledwaba.
Yaya Mavundla wins a trendsetter award in the arts and culture after her exhibition titled Layers of a Black Transgender Woman which opened at Constitution Hill Women’s Jail during women’s month to celebrate Black Transgender Women in South Africa.