Caster Semenya can add another impressive accolade to her list of victories after the Olympian made her way to the cover of Forbes Woman Africa magazine.
It’s not just any old person who can land themselves a cover of the world’s most coveted business and professional publication. In South Africa alone, an elite few, including the likes of Connie Ferguson and Lira have made their way to the cover of Forbes and now Caster can add her name to these exclusive ranks.
The headline on the cover reads “I Am Just Priceless: Caster Semenya on being herself, and winning, against all odds” and we are already eager to read the interview that is housed in next December-February issue of Forbes Woman Africa.
The magazine cover was unveiled at a JSE event on Wednesday, 5 December where Caster herself was on hand to display her magazine cover to the masses for the first time. Since then, the word of her latest achievement has travelled across Mzansi and the messages of congratulations have been pouring in from the runner’s fans and followers.
— Fifi Peters (@FifiPeters) December 5, 2018
The cover image itself speaks volumes, Caster is dressed in suave, semi-casual attire, wearing a tuxedo blazer on top of a white T-shirt with no accessories except for a modest Africa necklace. It serves as another reminder of just who Caster is: a big enough deal to be taken very seriously, while also being a laid back, grounded, proudly African woman.
South African athlete Caster Semenya has graced the cover of the latest Forbes Africa Woman magazine. “I am just priceless,” reads the headline of this magazine that has excited South Africans taking to social media to shower her with love. pic.twitter.com/6ZAhQOdSjo
— Backbencher (@BackbencherUG) December 7, 2018
South Africans were beaming with pride after the magazine was first released to the public.
December issue of Africa Forbes Woman – our very own favourite Caster Semenya @caster800m ??????????????????
— Millicent Radebe (@NQOBZR) December 5, 2018
Caster Semenya being on the cover page of Forbes magazine is something I'm here for
— Bontle?? (@RemmogoP) December 5, 2018
This will prove to be the perfect note on which to end 2018 for the runner who has endured more than her fair share of challenges in her career ever since she won gold at the 2008 World Junior Championships for athletics. The past decade has seen her dominate the sport, particularly in the 800m category, in spite of the criticism and unjust commentary around her femininity.
The challenges have continued in 2018. A new rule was implemented by the IAAF that now requires hyperandrogenous athletes to lower their testosterone levels before competing. This rule only applies to athletes in the 400, 800 and 1500m categories – giving people reason to believe that it is targeted at Caster Semenya.
But still, she rises. 2018 also saw Caster set a meeting record for the 800m event at the IAAF Diamond League event in Monaco this year before landing one of the most impressive advertising campaigns with Nike in recent memory.
And now she can be one of the esteemed few humans on the planet who can say that they have landed a Forbes magazine cover in their lifetime. Well done, Mogkadi! Well Done Caster!
Tinashe Venge – All4Women
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