Hilary Tinyiko Khoza, a.k.a. Miss Hilary, is prepared to display her talents to the world.
The 23-year-old from Soweto has made great steps this year, from releasing her Xibelani label named Hilary Wear to collaborating with well-known celebrities like Rich Mnisi on his SS21 collection Hiya Kaya and Sho Madjozi as her backup dancer.
Best of Both Worlds is the name of the debut EP she just published in celebration of Women’s Month.
“This is a great way to introduce myself as an artist. The EP is a constant reminder of my power not only as a woman but as an African. Throughout it, I remind myself and women of the power we have.”
To honor Women’s Day, the artist participated in a Q&A session with TshisaLIVE.
What does womanhood mean to you, and what would you say are the feminine qualities of being a woman that connect us?
Being a woman means I’m brave. Looking around the women in my life, I’ve seen everything they’ve been through and their strength of fighting and how they keep going. It makes me feel as though through them I see myself. Feminine qualities that connect women are that of the love and care we give, and most importantly the courage we have to go through life as tough as it is as women.
Does the celebration of Women’s Day mean anything to you and what do you do mark the occasion?
Yes, I’m reminded that we have our place as women in society. It being my birth month really has me placed in the society.
When you think of female empowerment in the entertainment industry in 2023. What stands out for you?
To have more females in entertainment spaces.
How do you showcase your femininity in the industries you occupy and still be seen as an equal?
I showcase my femininity by fiercely being myself and showing off my talent in the most authentic way possible.
Do you think there will be a time when we stop fighting for gender equality?
I think there will be a time where we stop fighting for equality, even though it looks far, but I know it will come to that. Looking back, I believe we are some way getting better and women are being recognised more, as well as being placed in positions they deserve without any judgment.