Ineeleng Kavindama, often referred to as IK is an indomitable woman of many pursuits. The retired Motswana fashionista single-handedly laid all the ground work for today’s modern day men and women of studied elegance. From as far back as 1995, IK won the Best Designer for Menswear at the South African Fashion Designers Association. Two years down the line, IK became the first Motswana to showcase in the first Mnet Face of Africa in 1997, and successively also the first Motswana to participate in the South African Fashion Week both in 1997 and 1999.
Her meteoric rise continued when IK became yet the first Motswana Fashion Designer to be featured on CNN. Furthermore, IK became the first Motswana designer to grace several South African mediums such as Sunday World, Sunday Times, The Star, City Press, Sowetan, YFM, Metro FM and SABC1’s popular magazine, Selimathunzi with her alluring omnipotence.
Just recently, the seasoned fashionista with an enormous appetite for all finer things in life launched yet another first when she established a new business venture aptly tagged, Vintage Classics – a car rental business dealing strictly in antique cars.
“Our new business venture of Vintage Wheels is ideal for wedding hires, red carpet events, the film and music industry and other related lifestyle events to spice them up. The business name is VINTAGE CLASSICS. So far the reception has been phenomenal from the appearances,” said IK. She’s is this week’s crush…
What do you like doing in your spare time?
I like watching CNN, soapies, movies, most importantly fashion and shopping around the world.
Who is your celebrity crush?
I am not a teenager anymore so I have happily passed that stage of being confused by total strangers who are not within my reach.
Are you single?
Off the market.
How would someone get your special attention? Even though we live in a social media era where most people are habitually fake, one should stay real so that you know who you are dealing with. Displaying your true character is important from the start.
What has been your best/worst date?
Would you date a fan?
Absolutely not! Because you know that they probably want to use you for one thing or another, mostly as a step ladder.
What would you change your name to?
I am comfortable with the status quo.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Look, I never pretend to be perfect when I meet people, I tell it like it is and most people can’t handle the truth. I don’t have a problem with constructive criticism so long as it is given in good faith.
What’s your annoying habit?
As mentioned above. My frankness rubs some people the wrong way.
Do you get used to being a celebrity?
Help me understand that word… I take it one day at a time and breathe the same air as the next person.
Who is your inspiration?
I look up to anyone who has come from humble beginnings but have succeeded in life despite what nature has thrown at them along the way. Those real life stories inspire me big time. Our time and life on earth is an opportunity to use the time that God has given all of us wisely to leave a legacy that you will be remembered with when your time is up.
Do you speak any other languages?
English and Setswana. I never got to master isiZulu during my 10 year sojourn in South Africa because my friends were Tswana speakers.
Where would you like to visit?
Paris and Hollywood are my next travel destinations if things go my way this year.
If you weren’t famous, what would you be up to right now?
I wanted to be a lawyer but my grades weren’t good enough back then so I was admitted to study a degree in Social Sciences but dropped out to avoid career frustration.
Who is the messiest person you know?
Like I said nobody is perfect. Who am I to judge?
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?Aggrizzi spilling beans in Mzansi, it fascinated me because eventually our time will come in Botswana for our X-files to be exposed if that hasn’t happened already.
What would you like remembered about you?
As one of the pioneers of Ndebele fashion, Vintage Classics lady and whatever that God has planned for me. The future is not ours to see. ‘Que Sera Sera… Whatever Will Be Will Be’ (Dorris Day).
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Be fearless and reach for the top and be unstoppable in pursuit of success and your dreams. Only you know your capabilities and your potential. Never allow anyone to discourage you from pursuing your dreams. Life Is Too Short and You Only Live Once (YOLO).