Lists? I love them.
Both as an editor and as a reader, I always look forward to year-end and beginning of the year lists, whether it's the top shows of the year, weirdest shoes of the year, which ingredients we'll all be putting in our food next year, or which colours we'll be painting our walls (Pantone's colour of the year is my favourite thing for absolutely no reason whatsoever).
But my favourite types of lists are the people lists: from the iconic (and controversial) Time 100, to the Forbes 30 Under 30, and the M&G Young 200 South Africans, it's always exciting to see people get public acknowledgement for their work, especially those who normally wouldn't be the subjects of feature articles (because we're so married to the cult of celebrity).
So of course it's only fitting that we at tagged! have our own list. We certainly can't do 100, 200 or even 30 people (for now). In fact, for our inaugural edition, we've chosen four – FOUR! – people in different creative disciplines who we feel have had a good 2021, but will have an even better 2022.
These are basically the people whose work you should be following, the people you should know, the ones you want to invite to your next themed brunch party. They are in music, fashion, film and television, and social media entrepreneurship.
We've cheekily dubbed them the #TaggedFantastic4:
- Billy Digawane, creative director of streetwear brand Desire Piece
- Kayla Kim Kay, TikToker and entrepreneur
- Layla Swart, award-winning film producer and editor
- Owami Mafokate, DJ, entrepreneur, musician and student
We had a fun shoot led by a brilliant young creative team, and I hope you love their work.
Next year it might be #Tagged40, for all we know. We'll see how the year pans out. Until then, do eat up our #TaggedFantastic4 content – it's all so delicious and these people are dope!
Photography Legae 'Elle' Sehlako, David Motsomotso, Blackmilk Studios Cover Design and Art Direction Chelsea Pitt Styling Kgosi Lesego Makeup Kutlwano Segale Hair Peter Matlala Hair Assistant Slindile Motsa Grips, Data Handling Washington Nyanda Sound Wellington Nyanda Videography Sabelo Sokhela, Smegga, Nhlanhla Ndaba, Nathaniel Ledwaba Digi Photography Assistant Gudani Maswoliedza Production Assistant S'bo Gyre