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When Eswatini-born photographer Mongezi Mkhabela contacted the Times Entertainment Desk for Sara’s phone number, I knew there and then that something magical was brewing. When the South Sudan-born Hospitality Management graduate shared the images, you would have sworn she had just stepped out of a Hollywood movie set. You could easily pass her off as international movie star and celebrity Lupita Nyong’o.

The collaborative photo-shoot between Shots by Ngezi and Will Brown, which was also done for Quazi Design, took the country by storm.
The photos have also gained the attention of South African model and reality TV star, Blue Mbombo as well as melanin goddess, Khoudia Diop, who shared them in their social media.


Sara Vost grew up in the Phophonyane area of Pigg’s Peak. She shared with STYLE that she loved the great outdoors and loved to travel. “I consider myself an introvert. Definitely driven to achieve a lot in life, since I have let the voices of many affect me, but not anymore,” she said.
The beautiful young lady, whose face is no stranger in the Entertainment scene (normally seen at the MTN BUSHFIRE home, House on Fire, where she is a Strands Officer), had shared in a tweet how she had struggled with how she was teased for her darker pigmented skin.

“It took me ages to learn to love the skin I am in, the skin that God gave me,” she stated.
It was her mother who encouraged her to see beyond the negativity and embrace God’s ‘Work of heART’. We got to have a sit down with Miss Vostie and hear her share her favourite moments about life.

She also participated in the VOGUE challenge that took social media by storm a couple of weeks ago.
“I was inspired by the range of beautiful faces, ethnicities and skin colours that would look amazing on the cover of VOGUE.
If it were real, it would be a massive achievement that would be framed on my wall for the rest of my life,” she shared about her participation in the challenge.

What was one of the things you ever dreamed of when you were younger?
I used to dream about being happy, to me that meant travelling to see new places and have new experiences. It would take me out of my head.

What lessons did you pick up as a young girl?

There are so many lessons that didn’t make sense then, but definitely make sense now. My mother would always say ‘we all have our own package’ meaning God created every single person with a plan for them, which I translated to also mean that one should stick to their own lane.

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of how far I have come despite all the obstacles I have faced.

What message do you tell yourself as you wake up every morning?
‘Try again today’ or ‘do it better than the last time’. I base this on my personal projects or plans for the day.

Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?
It’s hard to say with all that’s happening in the world right now. This photoshoot with Mongezi and Will Brown might be a new beginning.

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