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HER STYLE: Fashion allows you to earn respect, says Sophie Ndaba

SOPHIE Ndaba stunned in her pink straight chiffon high low dress, with matching elegant purple upper and closed-toes stiletto heels when she opened the Edgars Stores annual Fashion Extravaganza promotion in Harare last Thursday.
With her hair slicked back in a simple style, her chic niche for fashion was flawless, simple yet bold and expressive.
Effortlessly, she was on point, looking to inspire other fashionistas and share her own personal trend and abiding love for fashion.
Ndaba, who is a mother of three – her first born daughter, Rudo, being 25 years old – grew up at a children’s home in Eastlea, Harare and her return to Zimbabwe last week aroused emotions within her to partner with other companies in the country to do some philanthropist work.
She was not reluctant to let us know where she gets her outfits, accessories and what fashion does to her.
“Fashion is a life changing experience,” she declared.
“It brings respect to the way you look. It’s a way of therapy. If you know you look good no matter how dull a day you might be having it makes you gain that extra confidence.”
She added: “I love shopping and it just motivates me.
“I always shop at Truworths and Edgars stores whenever I purchase my monthly clothing.
“Sometimes, I just don’t even plan to but find myself doing it randomly whenever I come across something of my liking.”
Being an actress and businesswoman inspired her to launch her own foundation, Sophie Ndaba Foundation of Hope that she has been using to engage with the cooperate world.
The foundation has witnessed her partnering with many companies regionally especially in South Africa where she built a brand and won admiration as the comical Queen Moroka on Mfundi Vundla’s epic soapie Generations.
“For the past five years I have partnered with SA companies through my Sophie Ndaba Foundation of Hope, and I felt the need to also partner with Zimbabwean companies and do the same,” she added.
During the launch of the Edgars summer Fashion Extravaganza 2015, Sophie brought glamour and excitement to the event as she met one on one with clients in the capital and sharing her fashion experiences.
Customers also got an opportunity to take selfies with the actress and also getting her autographs.
Sophie also gave heads up to women, models and all fashion lovers to invest and grab opportunities in the fashion industry.Advertisement

“Wake up and get into fashion. Strategize, work smart, and come up with projects that are viable.
“Fashion is a big industry and you will be surprised, trying to imagine where it would take and do to you if you get serious and embrace it.”
A lot wiser than her character on Generations, Sophie also took time to shed more light on how growing up in foster homes and the kindness of strangers taught her discipline and humility.
“Being brought up in an unusual way teaches you a lot. Being in a foster home taught me discipline because you know this is not your home and you have to follow the rules,” said Sophie.
She added that being treated well by her foster families and being brought up with kindness by people other than her parents also taught her to be charitable to others.
“I have always wanted to do something that would help others.
“Growing up I actually wanted to be a social worker or a doctor but there was no money for my studies and I decided to become a model or a presenter because you don’t need a degree to do that,” she said.
Meanwhile, Sophie is expected to tour other cities including Gweru, and Bulawayo on spearheading the same Edgars summer Fashion extravaganza.
Companies that supported the launch include Holiday Inn and Jaguar.