Zanele Kumalo

Beauty editor, Elle

While still in her teens, Zanele Kumalo remembers wanting to be a creative director for a magazine. She even designed a glossy with some school friends. Kumalo shelved the idea when she studied fine art and language at Rhodes University, pursuing a fantasy of being a fashion designer and training in clothing sales. But after landing an internship at the Sunday Times, she was approached to join the start-up team for Top Billing magazine and later went to O, The Oprah Magazine. And the rest is South African magazine history, which happened to land two sisters from KwaZulu-Natal at the top of the local magazine heap. Her sister Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine, another of our 300 Young South Africans, is the Johannesburg bureau chief of Marie Claire while Zanele is beauty editor and Johannesburg bureau chief at Elle. � Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Cnr Cafe, Craighall Park, Johannesburg