Photos | South African Stars Shine at the 2024 Durban July with ‘Ride the Wave’ Fashion Extravaganza

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South African celebrities embraced the “Ride the Wave” theme at the 2024 Durban July with creative and innovative fashion. The event showcased standout aquatic-inspired outfits, turning heads and setting trends.

A Dazzling Display of Fashion and Creativity

The Durban July dazzled with thrilling races and stunning fashion as celebrities embraced the theme with creative flair and elegance.

Notable Figures and Their Aquatic-Inspired Outfits

Thando Thabethe


Thando Thabethe, star of How to Ruin Christmas, presented an intriguing take on the theme, arriving as a seashell. Her pearly white dress mimicked a shell, featuring a sweetheart neckline and dramatic baby blue frills cascading from her shoulder, creating ocean waves.

“I’m a seashell with a touch of blue, like the water,” she said.

Pamela Mtanga


Pamela Mtanga donned a white and blue ensemble by Orapeleng Modutle. The top half of her dress resembled waves and the bottom, calm waters. “I am a goddess of the sea coming out of the water and, as you can imagine, she’s carrying all the jewels, all the flowers, and the beauty of the sea,” she told News24.

DJ Lamiez Holworthy

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Lamiez HolworthyLamiez Holworthy dressed by Sihle The Designer.Photo: News24/Phumi Ramalepe


One of the most jaw-dropping looks belonged to DJ Lamiez Holworthy. She stunned in a purple mermaid dress by Sihle the Designer, which featured a bodice whose overlapping layers resembled mermaid scales and was embellished with pearls and seashells. She completed her look with a long blonde wig, a striking departure from her usual style.

Kgomotso Ndungane

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Former Real Housewives of Durban cast member Kgomotso Ndungane embraced the theme quite literally. Dressed by Omphe Venter, she wore a powder blue and white princess-like dress with short layers in the front and a train at the back. The top half featured diamonds hanging from the bust, mimicking waves and water droplets.

Jessica Nkosi


Actor Jessica Nkosi captivated other attendees with her beige, figure-hugging short dress adorned with plastic moulded to resemble water, complemented by blue paint on both the dress and her skin to create a water-like effect.

A Celebration of Fashion and Horse Racing

The lively and highly decorated marquees at this year’s Durban July were buzzing with excitement. Notable figures like Thando Thabethe, Laduma Ngxokolo, DJ Lamiez Holworthy, Nadia Jafta, Shudufhadzo Musida, Pamela Mtanga, and others showcased unique aquatic-themed outfits.

Creative Interpretations and Standout Moments

While fashion gurus and critics advised against taking the theme too literally, many attendees did just that, adding their own twists and making it work spectacularly. The event celebrated fashion and creativity, adding a vibrant touch to the annual horse racing spectacle.

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