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Christina Kennedy Reviews Bitch, Please! I’m Khanyi Mbau by Lesley Mofokeng

Bitch, Please! I\'m Khanyi MbauVerdict: carrot

She hogs headlines as SA’s own Kim Kardashian, and now self-styled “queen of bling” Khanyi Mbau is also commandeering our bookshops with a biography that tracks her torrid, limelight-chasing life so far.

The obvious question is: should we care? And yes, we should — because this gold-digging socialite should not be dismissed as a grotesque symptom of an increasingly materialistic society. She could be seen either as an unconventional postfeminist icon who goes after what she wants, or as setting a dangerous example to young women that chasing sugar daddies and a vulgarly ostentatious lifestyle is a desirable path to follow. That while some starve in squatter camps, she is content to enjoy her croissant with blue cheese for breakfast.

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