Reinhard Mahalie Makes History

Congratulations are in order for him

By  | Jun 01, 2021, 03:08 PM 

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Congratulations are in order for our very own Reinhard Mahalie, who has made history by becoming the first openly queer Namibian star, to make it onto the coveted Forbes Africa Under 30 list in 2021. The model has always been making boss moves in the Namibian fashion industry and it is a beautiful sight to see him winning.

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Gracing the prestigious magazine's cover is Reinhard alongside South African influencer Mihlali Ndamase, Zimbabwean entrepreneur, Shakemore Wellington Timburwa, Cleo Johnson, and Antonio Depina.

To celebrate this amazing milestone, Reinhard took to his Instagram page to share the exciting news with his legion of fans accompanied by a lengthy speech.

Reinhard described this as a huge milestone that did not come by any mistake. He said he feels great to be honoured by Forbes Africa, "Today is both humbling and surreal. Being recognized on a platform such as @forbesafrica 30 Under 30 is truly a zenith accomplishment, which arrived by no accident, but 5 years of hard work and dedicated nurturing of a passion and gift. My life has been filled with a personal tragedy like everyone else's, yet I have alchemist every challenge to serve my rise and work. I have, however, realized that my contribution to the fashion industry is fueled by the greater impulse to bring beauty and dignity to the marginalized and silenced."

He further highlighted how queer people continue to be discriminated against in the country due to their sexual orientation. This topic has been on everyone's lips recently as many people have been calling on same sex-marriages to be legalized and laws criminalizing homosexuality to be scrapped in the country.

"In my search of reconciling my reverence for my African presence and my right to self-determination. I have found that being human is not enough to guarantee equality. The words black and queer are met with distrust, disdain, and assault. The influence of our cruel history and vast fundamentalism be it political, religious, or economic has reduced the access to justice and inclusion for people who identify outside the standard societal sexual orientation and preference. In a time where they want to make us invisible, I am on a cover of  Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 - black, proud, and queer representing Namibia."

"This achievement arrives as a continental intervention, recognizing that I am free to be who I am but more that my contributions to Africa are valid. I feel immensely responsible more than ever to be part of the next generation of leaders to shape impactful change."

Congratulations Reinhard.

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