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The annual Marie Claire (South Africa) Naked issue photo shoot for the 2011 issue took place late last year and I got the opportunity to take part in the campaign. Fellow blogger Lelo Boyana for JustCurious and I were selected as 2 of the TOP 5 female bloggers in South Africa (exciting but nerve wrecking, lol).

Marie Claire also had make-up artist Nthato Mashishi do our “natural” make-up…


The Naked issue

27 local celebrities dare to go bare in support of the NSPCA (I’m not too sure about me being a “celebrity” but oh well *smile*) …”

“Marie Claire’s annual Naked issue, on sale from 16 February, is set to raise some eyebrows and possibly some whiskers as 27 celebrities take a naked stand against animal cruelty and mistreatment. Aimed at raising awareness about social issues affecting South Africans, Marie Claire’s annual Naked campaign has become one of the most talked-about issues on the magazine calendar year”.

“This year Marie Claire and celebrity friends support the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA). Apart from featuring the celebrities in the nude with either their favourite pets or rescued pets, the magazine is also planning a fundraising picnic for Saturday, 5 March where funds will be raised for the NSPCA”.

“Human abuse of animals in SA makes for grim statistical reading and reflects on our tragic past; if human life counted for so little it’s no surprise that animal lives became almost worthless,” says Aspasia Karras, editor of Marie Claire. “SA’s quadrupeds cannot help themselves, but we can, and in helping them we restore our humanity. We can’t all be St Francis of Assisi – I have adopted two fox terriers from the NSPCA and I am often brought to the end of my patience by the two of them, but living with them has made me an infinitely better human, certainly a more tolerant one.”

Celebrities taking part in the campaign include:

  • Actress Tanit Phoenix photographed in Los Angeles with rescue dog Sampson
  • 5FM DJ and Supersport presenter Sias du Plessis with rescue dog Tod
  • Freediver Hanli Prinsloo with her dog Mila
  • 5FM DJ Euphonik with rescue dog Kyron
  • Gold medallist SA swimmer, Cameron van den Bergh, with rescue dog Pippa
  • Generations actress, Kagiso Rakosa, with rescue dog Shadow
  • Griquas wing Rocco Jansen, with his dog Georgie
  • Model Shashi Naidoo
  • 2OceansVibe bloggers and radio DJs Seth Rotherham, Ryan Scott, Simon Hartley, Richard Hardiman, Bruce Good and Luca Vincezo, with their dog Marvel
  • YFM DJ and TV presenter Dineo Ranaka
  • Bloggers Allegro Dinkwanyane from and Lelo Boyana with rescue dog Fifi
  • On-line networkers Alex van Tonder a.k.a. Cape Town Girl (, Kim Gray ( and Samantha Walker a.k.a. La Muse ( with Viva
  • Hip-hop musician JR with rescue dog Tippex
  • Rob van Vuuren and Louw Venter (Cornè and Twakkie) with Hobbes, Beth and Bella
  • Actress and Pasella presenter Vicky Davis with rescue dog Bart
  • 5FM DJ and MK presenter Elma Smit with rescue cat Kermit
  • Isidingo actress Hlubi Mboya with her boyfriend Kirsten Arnold with rescue dog Tsunami

“It is tremendous to see so many people being so supportive of the protection of our animals and showing care and compassion,” says Chris Kuch, PR manager for the NSPCA. “We are delighted to be part of the campaign to pull together and to make South Africa a better place for all our animals. Together we can make a real and lasting difference.”

The mission of the SPCA movement in South Africa is to prevent cruelty to animals and ensure their welfare. It enforces over 90 per cent of the animal welfare legislation in South Africa. Over the past year:

  • 24 972 animals were adopted from the SPCAs nationwide
  • 17 655 lost or runaway pets that were taken into the care of the SPCAs were reclaimed by their owners
  • 50 212 inspections were carried out by the SPCA movement
  • 2 major outreach projects were conducted by the NSPCA. These aimed to rescue, sterilize, vaccinate, deworm and medically treat animals in areas that have no access to the help of the individual SPCAs or veterinaray services
  • It can cost from R60 000 to R180 000 a month to operate one small to medium-sized SPCA
  • For more information visit

For a glimpse of behind the scenes at this year’s shoot, go to:

To find out what motivated these celebs to join the campaign pick up the March issue of Marie Claire magazine, on sale from 16 February.

I can’t wait for you guys to see me and Lelo and our furry friends in the issue…so get your copy this Wednesday!!!

From your girl Allegro Dinkwanyane-“I’m just saying”, so have your say…


Would you ever pose NUDE for a charitable cause?


I’m a passionate writer, who enjoys writing and informing people as well as learning new things. I love sports, the arts and music. I am a sports presenter of UJfm 95.4 as well as other things. Simply put, I am a dynamic young lady who wants to bring about chnage and have an impact in both the media industry and in people’s lives.

Allegro – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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