Last night at the Johannesburg launch of Jane Raphaely Unedited, held at Exclusive Books in Hyde Park Corner, members of both the media and the public gathered to see South Africa's publishing matriarch. Raphaely was at the helm of Fairlady for 19 successful years before launching, editing and publishing Cosmopolitan South Africa and is the current Chairperson of Associated Magazines. She is also well known in the industry for identifying and publishing hard hitting stories on sensitive issues, her ability to nurture talent and her compassion for employees.
"Everything I have achieved I credit to the public library in the horrid little town I grew up in"
Due to memoires as a girl young, of trips to a drafty public library to select children's literature from towering book shelves, week in and week out- this quote from Raphaely resonated deeply with me. She also went on to say that "Books were (her) bridges to another world" and having read on edited extract from her autobiography I may as well been in 1950's New York with Mrs. Raphaely less than 5 minutes ago. To read the extract from The Times Live click on this link.
At this point it is more than safe to say that Jane Raphaely is an incredible post-feminist role model for South Africans. Despite her sharp intellect and shrewd business savy she will always be the epitome of a "Fun, Fearless, Female"
Here are some images from last nights launch
Jane Raphaely poses after a signing.
Marie Claire Editor, Aspasia Karras with Marie Claire Fashion Assisant, Kelly Fung
Ferial Haffajee- Editor in Chief of City Press Newspaper
Emma Jordan, Editor of Sandton Magazine
Founder of Heat Magazine, Melinda Shaw
The lovely Mathile Stofile, Marie Claire's Beauty Editor in Loin Cloth and Ashes with photographer David Dini and Aspasia Karras wearing Abigail Betz.
Mrs. Raphaely have an intimate moment with one of her fans.