Fiction, feminism and fashion! Welcome to the world of blogger Ricci-Lee Kalish

Meet the Creatives is 10and5’s new summer series, which features interviews with some of Joburg’s hottest creatives working across industries such as fashion, media and music.

When it comes to local style bloggers who have made it big Ricci-Lee Kalish instantly comes to mind. The 26-year-old creative publishes her writings on everything from fashion to film to politics on her popular lifestyle blog Big Bad Wolf.

But the fashion-savvy personality is not only a blogger and businessperson, she loves to act and studied drama at Wits. We caught up with her.

If your style was an artist, who would it be?
I am a complete layman when it comes to the art world. I love art but my knowledge on the subject is wanting. If I had to pick an artist from my limited knowledge I would have to say Vladimir Tretchikoff. Classic, commercial with some hints of quirk.

What are you working on next and what can we look out to from you?
I’ve been working with some talented freelance videographers and editors. We are creating some interesting Vlogging material. Everything from fashion to politics. More and more episodes are being created and we’re very excited to share it all. There is truly something for everyone.

How would you describe your work in a song?
Givin Em What They Love by Janelle Monae ft Prince.

“I am sharper than a razor
Eyes made of lasers
Bolder than the truth
They want me locked up in the system Cause I’m on a mission
Blame it on my youth.”

What’s the latest project that you’re working on?
Sadly, with regards to the film world, they keep their cards pretty close to their chest. So I am unable to talk about upcoming projects but be sure to keep your eyes out for some exciting new things to hit South African screens next year!

Who’s in your Top 5 Faves list at the moment?
Now this is a tough question. I have so many favourite people in my life, thus… I’m going to take the easy way out and tell you my five favourite fictional characters. (Mom you’re still my fave!)

Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice
Who doesn’t love a woman that is well read, quick witted, with a tongue that occasionally proves too sharp for her own good? One of the first books I read with such a strong female protagonist.

Ilana Glazer of Broad City
A Jewish millennial living her best life in Brooklyn, New York.  She is the best friend I never got to meet. She has zero sexual boundaries. Her corresponding mottos and hand signals are on point and she offers a grounded, honest and realistically weird representation of female friendship that is frankly pretty rare.

Pecola Breedlove of The Bluest Eye
Certainly not an inspirational character but a character that taught me a deep sense of empathy. Pecola’s story illustrates the way cultural conceptions of beauty can be devastating to a young woman who does not fit those conceptions. Living in South Africa, these preconceived notions of beauty have been damaging to so many people and I am proud to witness the ongoing conversation young South Africans are having around this issue.

Lady Macbeth of Macbeth
My first ever Shakespearean character I got to study and perform. Even though she is a highly problematic character I appreciate her unwavering strength and her heightened awareness when it comes to gender roles.

Romy and Michele of Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion 
My guilty pleasure. I remember watching this film when I was seven years old and falling head over heels in love with each and every outfit the lead characters wore. The beginning of my undying love for fashion.


Photographer: Zuzi Seoka
Make-up artist: Orli Oh Meiri
Stylist: Kwena Baloyi
Producer: Tiger Maramela
Creative director: Lee-Ann Orton

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