Idris Elba strikes a pose for his feature in the January 2014 issue of VOGUE.
In this issue, the actor speaks on taking on the role of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Here are few of Elba’s Vogue highlights.
On becoming Nelson Mandela:
“I’ve been told I have presence. I’ve been told I’m charismatic. But I’m not Nelson Mandela. Everybody has a sense of who Mandela is – his nobleness, his white hair, his voice. Those were big shoes to fill. I felt like that I would be the challenge: to create Mr. Mandela’s presence on film for people who have never met him. I didn’t want to do an impression. You can tell quite a bit about someone by the way they write. He’s a quite methodical man. He was very tidy. Extremely tidy. I’m not like that. I land here. And I use my environment however I wish.”
On proving to everyone that he can be Mandela:
“I stood up and talked to these extras. I’m looking them in the eye, and I know what they’re thinking. ‘You’re not South African. You don’t look like Mandela. Show me something.'”
On his blooming career:
“It’s quite interesting for me when someone comes up to me and says, ‘Yo, man, I haven’t seen you working much. What’s going on? I’ll say, ‘Oh, I’ve done bits and pieces here and there.'”
Rihanna is now holds the title of being the youngest artist to sell-out Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium.
The singer made history on Sunday night (Oct. 13) when she performed in front of 67,000 fans on the South African leg of her Diamonds World Tour.
Rihanna shared her excitement with her Twitter followers. She tweeted, “Sold out stadium show in #Johannesburg !!! Over 67’000 people #Jah .”
Rihanna is slated to perform in Cape Town later this week.
Katy Perry sports a form-fitting green dress on the August cover of Cosmopolitan South Africa.
After wrapping up her vocal role as Smurfette in Smurfs 2, Perry sat down with the magazine to chat about growing up in a strict religious home, following her calling and the responsibility of being a role model to young women.
For Perry’s full feature, pick up this issue of Cosmo, on newsstands now! Check out her interview with Cosmo in the gallery below.
The IT girl of primetime, Kerry Washington covers the August issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
The Scandal star was photographed by Norman Jean Roy, as she posed in a cut-out white bathing suit in an open pool.
In this issue, the actress discusses her widely-popular character, Olivia Pope.
On women looking up to Olivia Pope:
“One of the most profound things for me about the show is the number of white women of all ages who come up to me and say, ‘I want to be Olivia Pope.’ It’s especially profound in a place like South Africa. It’s called ‘The Fixer’ over there, and it just started its second season. The fact that white women can see this woman of color as an inspirational character is revolutionary, I think, in the medium of television. I don’t think white women would feel that way about Olivia if her identity as a woman, period, wasn’t first in their mind.”
On her favorite thing about Olivia:
“What I think is cool about Olivia is that she fully owns being a woman. There’s a very nurturing sense of ‘I’m going to take care of you – don’t worry about it. I’m gonna be your mom in this situation. You come stay in my office, have a cup of tea, and let my gladiators take care of you.’ There’s something very maternal about it. But there’s also something very executive about her, and I mean ‘executive’ in a presidential way.”
Controversy hits Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls once again. The body of the baby was found when a 17-year-old girl brought the baby in a bag to a local hospital. The girl she was treated for excessive bleeding, police Lt. Col. Lungelo Dlamini told ABC News in a statement.
Police are still investigating the case, but it is believed that the girl, gave birth at the school.
The girl has not been charged and is said to be still recovering at the hospital.
A representative for Winfrey declined to comment due to the fact that a minor is involved.This is the second time a scandal has hit the Academy, which is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Not too long after the Academy opened, school matron Virginia Tiny Makopo, was charged with sexually molesting several girls. The school’s headmistress, Lerato Nomvuyo Mzamane and Makopo was acquitted of all charges in October.
Khloe and Kim Kardashian have been keeping themselves busy in Cape Town, South Africa. The sisters have been in South Africa to promote Brutal Fruit drink. On December 17, Khloe and Kim waved as they went inside
a local theater to for the Tickled Pink party kickoff. On December 18, the sisters were seen having a drink on the balcony of their mega posh hotel, the Ellerman House.
Photo Credit: WireImage
Bachelor Gerard Butler was hard at work on the set of his upcoming commercial for L’Oreal. One of the scenes called for Butler to stand on a fire escape ladder in a full-suit. The actor was later seen filming a scene while straddling a bike. Filming for the commercial took place on October 10, 2010 in Brooklyn, NY. More pictures from the set can be seen below.
Photos by Bauer Griffin