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This is Shezan Waggie, Photographer at RushTush

These are the women who make RushTush great. The women behind the brand. I wanted this tribute to showcase these wonder women, shine light on their continued hard work and strong minds. Without them RushTush would be nothing. Here is some insight on what empowers them and more about what they do within the machine of the beast. 

This isn’t the whole team, as some women couldn’t get shot. Big shout out to Art Club and Friends for dressing the team for the campaign. You can shop their brand here.

Your full name and age? 
Shezan Waggie 30  

Your role at RushTush? 
Photographer  

Your pet peeve? 
Forks scratching on a plate when people eat  (it’s like nails on a chalk board for me) 

As a female, what do you think has been the biggest barrier in your career? 
Being a woman has actually been an advantage in my career because I’m able to tap into my feminine energy and I feel this has been my creative force that has allowed me to bring my work into existence. It’s like magic to me. I’m a wizard with a camera lol  

Has becoming a mother changed the way you feel as a woman in SA?
Yes. I feel the need to empower my daughters so that they never  feel they need to make themselves smaller to gain validation from others. They need to have a voice and I allow them the space to do so. 

Why is women equality so important? 
It’s a non negotiable at this point. Women take up space. We are no longer fitting into roles that society once built for us.  

What makes you feel empowered? 
Self care. Filling my cup so I can pour into others. My family & business  

What roles do you as a woman feel are outdated in 2021?
Women that work full time aren’t maternal or nurturing or being a housewife isn’t hard work. I’ve heard people speak on this far too often.  

How do you feel about roles women are expected to play in a community?
Women should do what they please and not what others expect from them. These ‘roles’ that we are expected to fulfil for the sake of others is no longer valid. We are often caregivers but not caregivers for ourselves. We need to step into our power.  

Do you consider yourself a modern women? 
Yes! I’m not traditional. I go with my intuition regardless of what that looks like to others. 

What do you love most about your job?
Creating and bringing visions to life. Connecting, and sharing ideas with other women.

What is your least favourite thing about your job?
Admin!  

What is your favourite RushTush product? 
Metabolic Spray, Gluc Support, Detox tea

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This is Nomsa Nenzou, Housekeeper at RushTush

These are the women who make RushTush great. The women behind the brand. I wanted this tribute to showcase these wonder women, shine light on their continued hard work and strong minds. Without them RushTush would be nothing. Here is some insight on what empowers them and more about what they do within the machine of the beast. 

This isn’t the whole team, as some women couldn’t get shot. Big shout out to Art Club and Friends for dressing the team for the campaign. You can shop their brand here.

Your full name and age?
Nomsa Nenzou, 26.

Your pet peeve?
Bad customer care service.

As a female, what do you think has been the biggest barrier in your career?
The inequality faced by women against their male counterparts with the equal skill set.

Why is woman equality so important?
Freedom of expression and speech which has been deprived from women for the longest.

What makes you feel empowered?
Being able to express myself regardless of my role or gender.

What roles do as a woman feel are outdated in 2021?
Being a housewife.

How do you feel about roles women are expected to play in a community?
Women are the glue that holds the community together and is not appreciated.

Do you consider yourself a modern women?
Yes.

What do you love most about your job?
The daily challenges have allowed me to be a better person and that I love.

What is your least favourite thing about your job?
Going home when I haven’t finished my daily tasks.

What is your favourite RushTush product?
Glow Cleanse.

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This is Tatenda Karunkomo, Nanny at RushTush

These are the women who make RushTush great. The women behind the brand. I wanted this tribute to showcase these wonder women, shine light on their continued hard work and strong minds. Without them RushTush would be nothing. Here is some insight on what empowers them and more about what they do within the machine of the beast. 

This isn’t the whole team, as some women couldn’t get shot. Big shout out to Art Club and Friends for dressing the team for the campaign. You can shop their brand here.

Your full name and age?
Tatenda Karunkomo, 29.

Your role at RushTush?
Nanny

As a female, what do you think has been the biggest barrier in your career?
Being a mother and working at the same time.

Has becoming a mother changed the way you feel as a woman in SA?
Yes.

Why is woman equality so important?
So every individual has an equal opportunity to make the of their lives and talents.

What makes you feel empowered?
Characteristics like intelligence success and kindness.

Do you consider yourself a modern woman?
Yes.

What do you love most about your job?
Playing with kids. Teaching kids new things.

What is your favourite thing about your job?
I love spending time with kids.

What is your favourite RushTush product?
Calming Tea.

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This is Jessie Bell-Adams, Art Director at RushTush

These are the women who make RushTush great. The women behind the brand. I wanted this tribute to showcase these wonder women, shine light on their continued hard work and strong minds. Without them RushTush would be nothing. Here is some insight on what empowers them and more about what they do within the machine of the beast. 

This isn’t the whole team, as some women couldn’t get shot. Big shout out to Art Club and Friends for dressing the team for the campaign. You can shop their brand here.

Your full name and age?
Jessie Bell-Adams, 28

Your role at RushTush?
Art Director

Your pet peeve?
Forward and/rude people

As a female, what do you think has been the biggest barrier in your career?
Certain areas of my industry are still very much male dominated and sometimes it can feel like one big boys club.

Has becoming a mother changed the way you feel as a women in SA?
Yes. I’ve of course always been aware of the GBV we experience in South Africa but having a daughter heightens the worry and fear. I feel overwhelmed by the need to protect her from the abuse and inequalities we face on a daily basis in this country. 

What makes you feel empowered?
My career and the independence that brings.

What roles do as a woman feel are outdated in 2021?
The primary care taker when raising children. It’s important for our children to see and experience their parents as a team when it comes to their needs and wellbeing.  I have a partner who is equally involved in caring for and raising our child but disappointed that it’s still a shock when people hear he changes nappies and wakes up for 4am feeds.

Do you consider yourself a modern woman?
Definitely. I always try to take advantage of all the technology and resources available to make my life as simple as possible – from work to caring for and raising my daughter.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the process of product development – from the mood board to seeing it come to life and finally holding the physical package in my hands. It’s rewarding and inspires me to create more.

What is your least favourite thing about your job?
Emails! Lol.

What is your favourite RushTush product?
Collagen – it’s definitely helped maintain my hair and tight muscles during the postpartum period.

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This is Samantha Evans, Content Manager at RushTush

These are the women who make RushTush great. The women behind the brand. I wanted this tribute to showcase these wonder women, shine light on their continued hard work and strong minds. Without them RushTush would be nothing. Here is some insight on what empowers them and more about what they do within the machine of the beast. 

This isn’t the whole team, as some women couldn’t get shot. Big shout out to Art Club and Friends for dressing the team for the campaign. You can shop their brand here.

Your full name and age?
Samantha Evans, 34

Your role at RushTush?
Copywriter/Content Manager

Your pet peeve?
People who chew their food/crunch loudly.

What makes you feel empowered?
Self-care, both physically and mentally.
Surrounding myself with people who respect me and who I respect in return.

Do you consider yourself a modern woman?
100%. The role of the modern woman is a multi-faceted one. We take on multiple challenges and identities, and I certainly relate to this.

What do you love most about your job?
I love that I get to work on content that educates and inspires women to be the best-version of themselves.

What is your favourite RushTush product?
Collagen! I like that it completely dissolves in my coffee and has no aftertaste. Oh, and also my gua sha – it does wonders for relieving sinus pain.

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This is Melody Deshe, Nanny at RushTush

These are the women who make RushTush great. The women behind the brand. I wanted this tribute to showcase these wonder women, shine light on their continued hard work and strong minds. Without them RushTush would be nothing. Here is some insight on what empowers them and more about what they do within the machine of the beast. 

This isn’t the whole team, as some women couldn’t get shot. Big shout out to Art Club and Friends for dressing the team for the campaign. You can shop their brand here.

Your full name and age?
Melody Deshe, 27.

Your role at RushTush?
Nanny

Your pet peeve?
Hair in the sink.

As a female, what do you think has been the biggest barrier in your career?
Trusting our own voices

Has becoming a mother changed the way you feel as a woman in SA?
Happiness and fear. I look at people who have kids and there is such a fear and knowledge that the pain of such a loss is beyond anything I ever want to experience.

Why is woman equality so important?
Providing equal opportunities for education and employment.

What makes you feel empowered?
Challenging the negative thoughts. Taking control of my own life and making positive decisions based on what I want.

What roles do you as a woman feel are outdated in 2021?
Women in today’s world has changed for the better. We are all well aware and financially independent.

Do you consider yourself a modern woman?
Yes.

What do you love most about your job?
The ability to be an integral part of a child’s development. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a child grow and progress while in my care. And having fun with the children, exploring and learning about life.


What is your favourite RushTush product?
Eyeshadow.

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This is Lauren Venter, Executive Assistant at RushTush

These are the women who make RushTush great. The women behind the brand. I wanted this tribute to showcase these wonder women, shine light on their continued hard work and strong minds. Without them RushTush would be nothing. Here is some insight on what empowers them and more about what they do within the machine of the beast. 

This isn’t the whole team, as some women couldn’t get shot. Big shout out to Art Club and Friends for dressing the team for the campaign. You can shop their brand here.

Your full name and age?
Lauren Venter, 26.

Your role at RushTush?
Executive Assistant.

Your pet peeve?
The sound of people eating and drinking and anything in between. Basically any sound coming out of someone’s mouth that’s not words.
Also, heavy (nose) breathers.

As a female, what do you think has been the biggest barrier in your career?
Trying not to live to the (already there expectation) of just being a women – basically having to act more like a man to be taken seriously, but also not too much, because then you’re too serious/aggressive. Being under-minded and stereotyped, just for being a woman.

Has becoming a mother changed the way you feel as a woman in SA?
Yes it has. I have a responsibility to raise my son, to be a man that respects women and their rights. He knows as a 5 year old already, that he can say no to hugging or kissing someone hello. That he can wave good-bye to a girl in his class who said no when he ASKED if he could hug her. I walk in fear, because of the abuse by the hands of men and I don’t want any one to feel like that because of a child I raised.

Why is woman equality so important?
We have the same, if not more responsibilities as men, so why not?

What roles do you as a woman feel are outdated in 2021?
Thinking that being a “Proverbs 31” women can’t be adapted and modernised, for today’s working/breadwinning woman.

Do you consider yourself a modern woman?
Yes.

What do you love most about your job?
Seeing women, especially those who have REALLY struggled get the results they worked so hard for, literally have their lives changed.

What is your least favourite thing about your job?
Urgh. Unprovoked, rude, and entitled people. Greeting and saying please and thank you is almost a myth sometimes.

What is your favourite RushTush product?
It’s a tie between the Gluc Support, which has significantly decreased the swelling in my body and the Hydrolyzed Collagen, which has assisted with scars and hormonal acne.

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This is Rushda Moosajee, Founder and CEO of RushTush

Your full name and age?
Rushda Moosajee, 36

Your role at RushTush?
I wear so many hats in my company and dance in so many shoes across the board, I am very involved and I often get my hands dirty and do what needs to be done. From being the model, to working on strat, to writing articles to styling and product development. I am the girl lol.

Your pet peeve?
Entitled people. People that expect things to happen for them. If you want something you need to wake up every day and go for it. You can only understand and appreciate what success is if you’ve earned it.

As a female, what do you think has been the biggest barrier in your career?
Literally just existing and breathing air. Men think they’re stronger, better and more deserving of women in most industries, fitness and health is no exception. I’m here to demonstrate that I can do everything men can do, but even better and while I’m on my period.

Has becoming a mother changed the way you feel as a women in SA?
Yes, with GBV I don’t see a safe present and future, it means as we have to raise our kids to be more careful, aware and instil fear, which is no way to raise your kids. Because I am a mother of boys, I teach and intend too make sure they understand the importance of women protection, consent and raise them with values and morals.

Why is woman equality so important?
Honestly I feel like women are the backbones of societies and communities, we should be elevated much further than our current status, even in 2021.

What makes you feel empowered?
So many things. Mostly the fact that I’ve been able to transform my passion into a growing beast. Not only does it employ and outsource services but it creates a space of light for many in a dark time. Achieving my mission to uplift and empower women makes me feel like we can achieve anything.

What roles do you as a woman feel are outdated in 2021?
All the specific gender roles we have been raised within communities believe on a subconscious level. It starts with how mothers raise their sons differently to how they raise their daughters.

How do you feel about roles woman are expected to play in a community?
Many ideas are outdated. Things have evolved and so should our thinking. Women are beyond the kitchen and the bedroom. You will find us pregnant or just having given birth taking up space that was previously reserved for men only.

Do you consider yourself a modern woman?
Absolutely. Since a little girl, I’ve made my own rules.

What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the women I help and work with win! I celebrate every win with them, I feel the joy, the milestones and growing strength. I truly care about the women. I love being able to do this anywhere!

What is your least favourite thing about your job?
It must be when people refer to me as an influencer. I cringe every time.

What is your favourite RushTush product?
Tough one!!!! I can never choose one! RUSHTUSHFITAPP!