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Sithelo Shozi hits back at Durban July dress criticism

South African influencer, DJ, and mother of three, Sithelo Shozi has thrown shade at critics of her Hollywood Durban July look, hinting that those who did not get it were not meant to.

The Masked SA judge and DJ showed off a look that she claimed was straight off the New York Fashion Week runway.

Sithelo Shozi

But was it high fashion or just hideous? And more importantly, did it fit the event’s “Out of This World” theme?

On Saturday, 2 July, Sithelo posted pics of her dress, created by Mozambican designer Taussy Daniel.

Sithelo Shozi

The structured dress resembled the bark of a tree adorned with faux diamonds and gold metal.

She shared in the caption: “We only do straight off NY Fashion Week this side.”

Sithelo Shozi

But while many loyal fans heaped praise on her “high fashion” choice, others could not help but be honest.

@kwanda_mo: “I love you, Sithelo, but this time it’s a NO!”

@Gwabe17: “You can do better.”

@yourhighness_fundie: “That dress is ugly AF.”

@roseramaano: “What in the dry branches is going on here?”

Following the criticism, Sithelo threw subtle shade at her critics.

Posting several behind-the-scenes photos of her fitting, the mom-of-three quipped: “Girls that get it.”

Sithelo Shozi

Sithelo’s stylist Phupo Gumede also insisted that the dress did fit the Hollywoodbets Durban July theme.

Sithelo Shozi

In an Instagram post, the stylist claimed that the DJ’s look was inspired by “the Gold Cluster and the Rings of Saturn.”


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DJ Zinhle and Murdah Bongz

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