Wearing a doek (headscarf) is fast becoming a must-have accessory for budding fashionistas

Doeks are usually worn by African women to show their culture and beliefs. Some cover their heads to show they are married, while others wear a doek when they are in mourning.

But doeks are becoming a normal part of everyday wear for many women.

Not only is it a way to proudly show off your heritage, but it can also be a perfect addition to a fashionable outfit.

Here’s a look at how South African celebrities wear their doeks to work, on the red carpet and while partying with friends

A formal work event (Basetsana Kumalo)

Former Miss South African Basestsana Kumalo wore this doek while attending an event for the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development.

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#AboutLastNight at the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development 10 year celebration. I have had the privilege of serving on the NMI Sustainability and Investment Committee for the past decade and the work that we do for education is only possible through the partnerships we have with our donors, funders and corporate South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Institute was launched by uMadiba in 2007 to take forward his legacy work on Education. Last night we reflected on the journey of uTata’s work in rural education beginning in the 1990’s when he called upon private sector to build rural schools. At NMI we work carefully with teachers, parents and children building tools to support reading, writing and mathematics in rural primary schooling. Our quest is to create quality education for all children in our lifetime. Tata once said: “It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this, have small imaginations. #EducationIsARight 📸 @sbu_kandee

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A fun day at the beach (Terry Pheto)

Terry looks like she is ready to attend a VIP summer party at the beach. Keep your hair under wraps – and humidity free – by rocking a doek.



A casual lunch date (Dineo Moeketsi)

Dineo Moeketsi’s jeans-and-doek combo is perfect for everyday wear.


A sexy date night (Dineo Ranaka)

Take a cue from Dineo Ranaka and wear your doek for a fun night out with friends or your partner.


Just an average day at the office (Nandi Madida)

Nandi Madida is a big fan of doeks! We love this doek she wore for a work photoshoot.


I’m ready 👑. #AfricanQueen

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A stylish red-carpet event (Pearl Thusi)

Pearl is proof you can take your doek from a casual day at the office to a glamourous red-carpet event.