To celebrate International Women’s Day we sat down with power house Thandi Maqubela, an in-house commercial legal director and content creator.
How do you navigate working in a male-dominated environment?
There has definitely been a focus on shifting the environment to be more inclusive but I think there is still some way to go particularly at the more senior levels. Quite early on in my career, I decided that I wouldn't compromise on my femininity in order to succeed and in fact I lean into it as it opens up a different leadership style. I've been able to do this while still being authoritative when expressing my thoughts and aspirations.
Why have you chosen the outfit you are wearing?
I think this outfit leads on quite nicely from my thoughts above - wearing a traditionally feminine colour while still cutting an authoritative look. Also, it's definitely something I'd be able to wear both in the office and as separates during downtime.
Does fashion play a role in empowering you as a woman?
Fashion and getting dressed up according to my personal style is something I very much enjoy and because of this I think it has a positive impact on my confidence levels when it comes to how I present in the workplace - this can only be nothing but empowering.