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The FEATHER AWARDS Nominees Announced!

The Feather Awards… Five and Ever-Fabulous

It’s been 5 years, and the Feather Awards are ALL grown up – well, as grown up as the country’s cheekiest, most irreverent and unapologetically fabulous awards ceremony can be! In a nod to this critical landmark, the event theme this year is Haute Couture.

Launched to great fanfare in 2009 as an out, loud and proud celebration of individuals that the gay and lesbian community find inspirational, scandalous, or just plain hilarious, the Feather Awards is an event that celebrates the lighter side of life, while paying tribute to a range of deserving personalities.

It’s been an incredible 5 years” comments founder Thami Kotlolo. “A huge part of our job with the Feathers is getting people to understand what we’re about – we’ll never compromise on the Awards’ personality, and it’s been a joy to see how the event has been embraced, and the extent to which people ‘get it.’ And now that we’re all grown up, it’s all about Haute Couture this year – our theme is about the elegant, the outrageous, the glamorous…”

With wacky categories such as Drama Queen of the Year, Fag Hag of the Year, and Socialite of the Year, coupled with more conventional awards for ‘Role Model of the Year and Musician of the Year, the Feather Awards have always kept it real. The event has always gotten people talking, and the 2013 edition will be no exception to this rule. Certainly, the nominee list for the event’s 5th anniversary will be sure to get people gasping in shock, nodding in appreciation, and giggling in amusement at who has made the honor-roll for the various categories.  

There’s also been a return of familiar faces this year, with motor company General Motors returning as event and vehicle sponsor. Jewelers Lichaba Creations is on board as a new partner, adding an exciting new ‘bling’ element to the ceremony – the Feathers committee has redesigned the awards trophy, and Lichaba Creations is adding a 0.836 carat diamond to each one!  Additionally, the Film and Publications Board has also joined the Feather Awards family as a sponsor, bringing the event’s partner count up even further.

An exciting development in this year’s ceremony is a new category, in recognition of media bodies that have made outstanding contributions in depicting honest and positive representations of the gay and lesbian community. The Media Award of the Year, pays homage to three new nominees this year – TV drama programmes Intersexions, After 9 and online publication Mamba Online.

Besides that, a host of new personalities will find themselves in the spotlight this year as nominees for the event – as always, the Drama Queen of the Year is sure to elicit great interest, while the Hunk of the Year features some of the entertainment industry’s most sizzling personalities.  Diva extraordinaire has a particularly political slant this year, while Sports Personality of the Year plays host to some incredibly inspiring South Africans.

For the first time, members of the public can participate in the Feathers voting system, specifically for the Drama Queen of the Year award - a voting sms line has been set up for the category - 47439

Feathers1 - The Guptas

Feathers2 - Mandla Mandela

Feathers3 - Savita Mbuli

The Feathers Awards ceremony will be held in Johannesburg on November 14th, and promises to deliver all the glamour, drama, and star-power that it’s become so well known for.


 The categories and finalists for the Feather Awards 2013 are:

Best Styled FemaleThis category is for ladies that consistently kept to their style throughout the year.

Azania Mosaka

Anele Mdoda

Minnie Dlamini

Best Styled Male – The men that have remained stylish throughout the year.

Maps Maponyane

Da Les

Thapelo Mokoena

Hunk of the Year – These men just ooze the X-factor, you look at them and just want a strong hug.

Maps Maponyane

Anga Makhubela

Pallance Dladla

Diva Extraordinaire of the Year – These women are who always carry themselves well - they have a strong presence.

Premier Nomvula Mokonyane

David Tlale

Mamphela Rampele

Sports Personality of the Year – People that have inspired in the world of sports

S’manga Khumalo (Jockey – Winner, Vodacom Durban July)

Itumeleng Khune

Lucas Sithole (Paralympian – winner, US Open Quad Grand Slam)

Role model of the Year – They never put their foot wrong in the public eye, they continue to contribute positively to society.

Thulani Madondo

Terry Pheto

Zoleka Mandela

Cutest Couple – these are couples that people adore and look up to.

Cameron &Thoba Sithole-Modisane

Mome & Tall Ass Mo

Minnie & Itumeleng

Hot Chick of the Year – these are women who ooze a lot of sex appeal.

Nomzamo Mbatha 

Boity Thulo

Lalla Hirayama

Media Award of the Year.

Intersexions (SABC1)

After 9 (SABc1)

Mamba online


Fag hag of the YearNeed we say more, they never leave their home without their favorite accessories, a gay friend.

Tamara Dey

Akhumzi Jezile

Pearl Thusi

Musician of the Year – musician we love to listen to, on and off stage.


Khuli Chana



Socialite of the Year Seen at every opening of an envelope or erection of a Stop sign.

Samkelo Ndlovu

Lerato Sengadi

Bujy Bikwa

Drama Queen of the Year – These are personalities we read about every Sunday over breakfast, their lives revolve around dramatic behaviors and situations.

The Guptas

Mandla Mandela

Savita Mbuli

Category finalists and winners are selected and adjudicated by a panel consisting of members of the media and entertainment industry who’re firmly in touch with what’s hot on the South African social circuit.

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