From a very young age, Meagan always loved all forms of art and fashion. She was a bit of a square peg in a round hole, especially in a society where fashion designing was stereotyped as a ‘hobby’ rather than a career. However, – with the help and support of her family, she developed and persisted with her gift.
Growing up during a very difficult era in South Africa, – Meagan knew that she needed to grab every opportunity to empower herself and further develop her talent. Apart from the fact that SA is 6 months behind in fashion, there were not many opportunities for up and coming designers. She thus decided to fully equip herself with a degree in fashion design at CPUT and numerous other courses which vary from a Business management courses at University of Stellenbosch to other shorter courses in styling, computer design, photography, to name a few.
She managed to survive a fashion career at the three fashion giants in SA – Woolworths, Foschini and Truworths, in design and buying, prior furthering her career in the UK as an Image consultant and personal stylist.
It took her 20 years in the fashion industry to finally discover her purpose, – To use this gift to empower women in body soul and spirit. Why? ‘Because every women deserves to look and feel beautiful’.
The term beauty of often misunderstood as aesthetic beauty, but she believes beauty is reflected in the soul. ‘I find that we all love fashion but we often struggle with understanding what to wear for our bodyshape. I advise women on what suits their frame, celebrating and loving themselves, and how to be confident and accept who you are’. Her passion is to continue to use her gift to empower women and she specializes in fashion, styling, and public speaking.
Meagan owns a ladies brand called Calista Clothing. Calista is a ‘Greek’ word meaning –‘She who is most beautiful’. The brand is in line with her life motto – ‘Every woman deserves to look and feel beautiful’. She designs two main lines – ladies bespoke wear as well as – ladies mainstream feminine daywear. Each line delicately designed to celebrate every woman’s frame. Watch out for her curvier range coming soon.
Meagan’s styling has been donned by famous celebrities such as Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, Amy Kleinhans, and Charisma Hanekam. She is an image consultant and personal stylist, and enjoys using this skill to empower women on what to wear for their bodyshape. She also participated in styling advice for the Mrs Zululand finalist.
One of her main passions is to motivate people through her many motivational andempowering talks. She enjoys speaking to women about self esteem. Furthermore, she loves carrying out styling and fashion talks and presentations on dressing for shape. Her talks has successfully lead her to numerous media opportunities, such as Heart FM’ –Tracey Lange show, CCFM – ‘Lunch with Odile’, SABC 2 – Hectic 99 and 3 –‘ Counter Culture’, amongst others.
As a freelance fashion journalist for Bizcommunity, there is nothing more exciting for this fashionista to attend the latest runway and fashion events and give her feedback relating fashion and celeb style.
FASHION DESIGN MENTOR:
Meagan worked as a lecturer for 7 years and still empowers and mentors up and coming designers. In 2017, she was also part of the selected group of SA Designers who empowered women from shelters across the Western Cape, on Fashion Design and Pattern Making.
As a model, Meagan has had many numerous opportunities on the runway and media (As well as Miss and Mrs SA), and uses this in her finishing and deportment classes. She teaches the youth basic finishing, deportment, etiquette and confidence in the communities. One of her mentees managed to reach the top 15 in the Miss SA regionals and she also partnered as a coach for the Mr and Miss Parow High School.
Meagan is the co – founder of an NGO – Equilibrium, which provides holistic transformation in communities, via their character leadership programmes, with her husband and partner – Elroy Duckitt. She currently heads up the ‘Hadassah’ Matric dance donation project, where they dress matric girls from underprivileged communities, for their ball.