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13th annual Feather Awards continues to celebrate queer lives

November 12, 2021

The 13th annual Feather Awards took place last night at the Market Theatre in downtown Johannesburg. And what a show it was!

The awards are famous for their exquisite fashion, colourful entertainment, loud witty commentary and killer live performances. This year was no different and they delivered accordingly. 

Setting off the star-studded evening in true glitz and glam, the entrance to the Market Theatre was transformed into a pink floral wonderland. Pink Carpet hosts Rorisang Thandekiso, Zanele Potelwa and Ayanda Makuzeni welcomed guests as they entered the precinct.

This year’s theme Solid and Fabulous turned the fashion moments into ones to remember. The star-filled Pink Carpet saw celebrities such as Lethabo Joy, Ayanda Ncwane and Phupho Gumede Kardashian arriving on the carpet with “trains for days”!

Award hosts Lumko Johnson alongside Penny Lebyane, Ditshego Ditsego and Zizo Tshwete kept the audience entertained for the 3-hour long ceremony. Live performances by Tamara Dey, Amstel, Lady Du and Holly Rey alongside the Mzansi Gay Choir brought the roof down.

Leading the wins for the evening, Lady DU bagged 2 awards, the Fag Hag of the Year and shared Best Musician with Limpopo goddess Makhadzi.

Golden boy Wiseman Zithar took the Hunk of the Year while Best Styled Award was shared by former Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi and SA fashion sensation Rich Mnisi.

Diva Extraordinaire of the year went to the fabulous Johanna Mukoki and Hot Chick of the year went to the beautiful Shudufadzo Musida.

The newly married lovebirds Liezel and Musa Mthombeni were in attendance but the award for the Cutest Couple was scooped by marketing guru Sylvester Chauke & his partner Tumelo Mmusi. 

Drama Queen for the second time in Feather Awards history went to the ever-controversial multitalented media personality and businesswoman Khanyi Mbau.

Feather Awards
Drama Queen of the year Ms Khanyi Mbau 

Soccer player Phuti “Minaj ” Lekoloane scooped the Sports personality of the year.

Best Rainbow Parent Award went to LGBTI+ activist, the dynamic Virginia Magwaza who attended with her daughter.

The best LGBTIQ+ initiative ( Private Sector) Award went to Ernest & Young for all their ongoing initiatives to create inclusion for all. The best LGBTIQ+ initiative ( Public Sector) went to the Gauteng Department of Education who continue to build programmes that give queer people a voice. Vaal LGBT took the Best LGBTIQ+ Youth Movement Award for their extensive empowerment and growth building within the community.

Roche Kester, Director of the LGBTQIA desk at the Gauteng Premier’s Office received the Role Model of the Year accolade and Media Award of The Year went to the highly profiled TV show Becoming. 

Socialite of The Year went to Lelo WhatsGood while Coachella Randy took the Social Media personality of the Year award.

The ever-important Simon Nkoli Award went to South African fashion icon David Tlale who gave a moving motivation speech.

The biggest accolade of the evening, the African Feather of the Year was awarded to former United Nations official, the acclaimed Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka who was unable to attend the Awards.

 “Now in our 13th year, the main reason for hosting these awards during this trying period in our community, is as always to continue celebrating life. More importantly in 2021 we are also celebrating queer lives cos we as a community matter. Tonight we celebrated diversity and inclusion for all,” affirmed Feathers co-founder Thami Kotlolo. As always post the awards, the work still goes go on. The ongoing LGBTIQ+ dialogues across the country continue to give the community a voice. 

Feather Awards
Congratulations to David Tlale for receiving the most prestigious award of the evening

And the winners are…

Best Styled Individual

Zozibini Tunzi and Rich Mnisi

Hunk of the Year

Wiseman Zithar 

Diva Extraordinaire of the Year

Johanna Mukoki

Sports Personality of the Year 

Phuti “Minaj ” Lekoloane 

Role Model of the Year

Roche Kester 

Cutest Couple

Sylvester Chauke & Tumelo Mmusi 

Hot Chick of the Year

Shudufadzo Musida 

Media Award of the Year


Fag hag of the Year 

Lady Du


Makhadzi and Lady Du


Lelo WhatsGood 

Drama Queen

Khanyi Mbau 

Social Media personality of the Year

Coachella Randy

Best LGBTIQ+ initiative ( Private Sector) 

Ernest & Young

Best LGBTIQ+ initiative ( Public Sector)

Gauteng Department of Education 

Best LGBTIQ+ Youth Movement


Best Rainbow Parenting 

Virginia Magwaza


Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka


David Tlale


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