Thabo Makhetha is a South African fashion designer and founder of the eponymous fashion label Thabo Makhetha. Thabo was born in Lesotho and she grew up in Johannesburg and various other cities such as Mafikeng, Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town and now Port Elizabeth. These vibrant cities have contributed to the many diverse influences found in her style and clothing. Makhetha founded her fashion company, in 2009, as a wide-eyed 21-year-old graduate. Her creativity and ethnic-inspired designs have helped her grab the attention of a fashion conscious clientele and garnered numerous awards. In her own words, "to own a Thabo Makhetha garment is to make the statement, I'm beautiful, I'm sophisticated... I'm African!''