SPECIAL NOTICE: Hi, I’m Iske, I’m a South African and I’ve been in a Coronavirus-lockdown in Italy for weeks.
Fellow South African, I know you’re scared about many things. Your food stock, your health, the health of people you love, your income, how South Africa could possibly deal with a crisis like this and what life would look like after everything.
I’m not an COVID-19 expert, I’m not a doctor or an economist, but I am a South African who’s been living in the eye of the novel corona-storm for a couple of weeks and I’d like to share my experience to give you some sense of what life could look like after Thursday.
I’ll share some tips and resources that’s been helpful to me and I’d also like to share my thoughts on how SA could do this better, so you can avoid building up to almost 70 000 cases.
Here’s my first video on what I wish I knew before the lockdown here in SA. There’s a more detailed post below.
You can also follow @yaaasmag for videos and more.
Please remember that I’m a journalist, but not an expert. So I will source the experts and guide you to them, but everything I write is based on my personal experience from my little room here in Bolzano, Northern Italy.
Life is hard and pretending it’s easy is stupid.
This magazine is kind of like an anti-magazine.
We can’t give you 6 Ways to Fix Yourself! because a) there probably isn’t anything wrong with you (despite you feeling like it) and b) no human has ever been the expert on effective living and uninterrupted happiness. It’s just not something humans are very good at.
So we’d like to publicly announce: we’re still figuring it out (just like you and just like Beyoncé) and we don’t want to do it alone anymore.
So here’s to a magazine, minus all the fake news on how perfect we could be.
WHAT WE DO
Stuff like this:
As from now it's a proven fact that being skinny doesn't equal happiness. Don't believe me? Here's four pieces of evidence that'll crack this haunting myth right open. ONE: Perfect people are dying to be happy Pick one person you'd like to trade bodies with? Marilyn...read more
We've all been there: that horrible place between high-fiving and hand-holding. THE FRIEND ZONE DA DA DAAAAM. So here it is: 9 sentence that probably mean you're friend-zoned and how we think you should reply to them. 1. "You make me think of my Labrador" Sooooo does...read more
I have to deal with depression. I also have to deal with the stupid stuff people say, because people don't know shite about depression. Here are the 9 sentences people with depression are so sick of hearing: 1. “We all have bad days.” 2. "You know, it's demons.”...read more
So I’m in a circle of friends discussing pizza toppings, but my mind takes me to a whole different dialogue: “Do I look like terrible? Probably. Why do I eat myself into looking like a chubby penguin? Look at how gorgeous my friends are. Am I a failure? I haven’t even...read more
In a world of vague self-love messages, Michelle Elman is the ninja-princess who barges in and slices through the bullshit with her hands-on BoPo tips. I first discovered Michelle Elman's account, Scarred not Scared, 10-years into my Body Positive and pretty irritated...read more
It’s 10 PM on a Sunday and tomorrow's assignment is STILL not finished, because you just couldn’t resist watching those last 10 Youtube videos…. Let’s face it, we all procrastinate, but does the accumulation of our lost hours translate into a bleak future? Luckily,...read more
This girl does not care. She has not been on a diet in eight years. She has never followed the advice of a Youtube makeup tutorial. She rarely does her nails. She air-dries her hair regularly and uses normal soap for her face. How does it feel not, not caring what you...read more
How to be single on Valentines Day (and how to actually enjoy this gross day) Your guide: how to be single on Valentines Day. Plus everything else you need to know about single lyfe. We're showing you how to be single on Valentines Day, because we know how...read more
In PART 2 van ons interview met Katinka Oosthuizen, deel ons dinge wat so diep raak soos jou hond se oë as jy 'n stukkie braaihoender voor hom eet. Be prepared. To all our non-Afrikaans-speaking readers, we owe you ANOTHER one. None of us get paid for this. So no one...read more
Kyk Katinka weet presies wat sy wil hê... Of so sê sy vir ons in Part 1 van ons interview met haar. Sy was spesifiek genoeg dat ons letterlik 'n quiz kon saamstel wat jy vir jou boetie kan aanstuur. Want Katinka is skoonsussie goals. COMING SOON: PART 2 - Katinka...read more
Katinka die Kat vertel ons wat sy dink van worsrolletjies, hoe haar droomman lyk en hoe om awesome te wees in 3 stappe. Haar antwoorde is cooler as jy. To our non-Afrikaans-speaking readers, we owe you one. We'll do a post on beef jerky being the new biltong or...read more
By Tern Pelser I dig makeup 'mkay. But who actually has the money to buy Kylie cosmetics and what not? via GIPHY NOT ME. I need makeup products for under R150 in my life. So I bought 9 makeup products for under R150 to create a full look. And...read more
Every 5th person you pass by battles with depression. Miana is 17, she loves chocolate milkshakes and creating art and she also happens to be that 5th person. Miana* was diagnosed with depression at 15 - the age where you should be coping with your aching crush...read more
Brows by Razia Israel I Photos by Monique Delport Photography I Face modelling by Iske, YAAAS's editor. Want get full polished brows without having to draw them on your face like a 5th grader? The experts shows us how - on my face! As a thick-browed girl, I'm...read more
by Jolene Raison I Hate Bipolar It’s Awesome There are dog days and there are dragon days. Dog days are the down days, when the shadow hound prowls at your heels, wolfing down the sun. Dragon days are the up days, when you’re flying high and breathing fire. There are...read more
Having depression does NOT mean you're alone or worthless (although it will feel that way). To prove it, meet some of the dopest celebrities who have, or have had, depression and they still kick friggin' ass ... How is it even possible that some of the dopest...read more
by Inez Hayes Why oh why is talking about mood disorders such a taboo?! Finding out what made me feel so uncomfortable in my own body for so many years, changed my life (for the better I might add). So I'm writing my story to let you know, if something feels weird SEE...read more
YouTube star Theodora Lee on sex talk, the of anatomy of awesome and why being a YouTube professional isn't all sunshine and roses. Q: How does is it feel to having more than 200 000 people literally SUBSCRIBED to everything you have on your mind?! Isn’t that scary?!...read more
So you want to study in 2018? Here's your guide to application closing dates and other vital information! Finding application closing dates and other life-altering info on an University website is almost freakin impossible! Seems like nobody got time for basic web...read more
You'd never guess what our brand new Springbok rugby star Courtnall Skosan wanted to be, before rugby! HINT: it's super geeky! We bombarded Cournall with a couple of serious career questions, to help our grade 11 and matric readers figure out their post-high-school...read more
HOW DID WEIGHT GAIN KICK-START AN IG FOLLOWING OF OVER 5.5K? REALNESS. THAT'S HOW. FORMER MISS SA FINALIST MARCIEL HOPKINS TELLS US HOW EMBRACING HER NATURAL SHAPE, MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. Quick Q's Dogs of Cats? Dogs. Weirdest thing about you? I wanted to be an...read more
Someone please tell Kylie Jenner she's been dethroned. We've found women with some real power. Their power? Being real for a freakin change. Here's our list of top young ladies bending the rules of social media to serve real women. We're done letting popular culture...read more
THE LOCNVILLE BROTHERS TELL US HOW THEY SKIPPED SOME SERIOUS PARTY TIME TO HUSTLE THEIR WAY INTO SA'S TOP CHARTS. 1. As a kid, what did you want to be when you were all grown up and why? Brian: As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be involved in the...read more
Nope, you're not the only one whose brain and lips function in alternate worlds while you're kissing. It's not weird. You're just REALLY good at multitasking. Like us. So here's 13 very awkward things girls (or at least those at YAAAS) think about when we're...read more
Let's be honest, loving your squishy bits can be hard! So we asked curve model Marciel Hopkins for some PRACTICAL tips to rock BOPO all day and then we actually tested them for 7 days! Rocking body love can honestly feel like a Tekken fight in your brain between bad...read more
Watch Katy Perry's totally vulnerable therapy session (streamed on real internet TV). She talked alcohol, exes and why she just wants to be Kathryn Hudson sometimes. In celebration of her brand new album (Witness), Katy Perry live streamed her entire life on YouTube....read more
Self Care is a thing in 2017, because you actually NEED it. Here's how to avoid Breakdown Britney and take care of yourself by and Carla Mouton and Iske Conradie You have it rough sister. 2017 is not a joke. EVERYTHING is fast. Your food. Your socials. Your brain. And...read more
The holiday felt like a glorified weekend. So naturally, there's a meme for all the back to school feels you're feeling. by Tern Pelser Just because school doesn't start on the usual Monday, it doesn't mean it's any less painful. via Pinterest Still debating which...read more
Today marks the end of your suffering and the beginning of your VACATION! You need a meme for that, amarite? Here's one for every style of humour... by Jana Reynolds All I want is Sarcasm. This. Is. Hilarious. via Frabz EPIC or nothing. Also, Gladiator and Robin Hood...read more
On an ordinary day... by Tern Pelser On a normal day, you would be half-awake. I'd be on the final phase of that dream I've been having for weeks on end. "It's not a sign. Don't over think it", you'd say, as I'd wake up damp with sweat. I'd clutch your hand tighter...read more