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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

Omphile Kgoleng

Omphile Kgoleng

Today I'm meeting model Omphile Kgoleng at the Liberty Hotel in Boston.  Omphile has appeared in Marie Claire South Africa and is on the rise stateside and it's easy to see why.  She is pure magic behind the camera.  In person, Phile is magnetic and friendly the kind of person you'd love to meet for a cocktail or an afternoon of shopping.  Follow her @philekgoleng.  



Lobby of The  Liberty Hotel  in Boston.

Lobby of The Liberty Hotel in Boston.

Hello, It’s Ann.  It’s great to see you Phile.  Can I interview your closet? Yes you may Ann : ) !

What’s your favorite coat or jacket? Where and why did you buy it?  I would say my favorite jacket would have to be my denim jacket which I got from Forever 21 in South Africa. I bought it because I feel that a denim jacket is definitely a piece that one should have in their closet and also you can never go wrong with a denim jacket.


Forever 21 Denim Jacket

Are you a morning or night person? What do you wear early in the morning or late at night?  I am more of a night person. I don’t necessarily hate mornings, but night time is just the best.
What did you wear the last time you went out to dinner?  The last time I went out to dinner I wore a cute dress from Abercrombie and Fitch and some cute sandal heels from the Jessica Simpson collection.


Photo Courtesy of Anna Chernobaeva.

Photo Courtesy of Anna Chernobaeva.

Where did you go and what did you order?  I went to SIP Wine Bar & Kitchen and I ordered the American Homestead Pork Tenderlion.

What is your favorite beverage of choice?  My favorite beverage of choice is cranberry juice and ginger ale soda mixed.


YSL no smoking pin

What music do you like to dance to?  My playlist is mixed with all kinds of different genres. Anything with a nice beat does it for me.

Where was the last place you traveled to?  The last place I traveled to was The Bahamas.

What souvenirs did you buy?  I bought a cool handcrafted fridge magnet as a souvenir.


Bahamas Post card

Who in your family member has great style and how would you describe them?  My aunt Neo has great style. I’ve actually stolen a couple of her shoes, but she never notices cause her closet is so flooded with shoes. Haha just kidding, but you know that saying “a lady can never have too many shoes”, well my aunt definitely lives by that 100%. I would describe her as the South African Miranda Priestly, without the Miranda attitude though. Well… Sometimes.


Shop these Tabitha Simmons Shoes in  The Finds .

Shop these Tabitha Simmons Shoes in The Finds.

What is something one of your friends has in their closet that you want to borrow and never return?  My best friend and I both have a lot of items we’ve borrowed from each other and have never returned to each other, but she now has this short denim, off the shoulder jumpsuit with a bow in front. I’d borrow that and it would never see her closet ever again.


Sea Ruffled Denim Jumpsuit

Who would star as you in a movie about your life and most importantly, what would they wear?  I would want Jourdan Dunn to star as me. I love her personality. She is one of the models that I look up to and besides all that she’s absolutely stunning. I would want her to wear a blue or black jeans with a stylish white top and some really cool sneakers. 


Photo courtesy of Anna Chernobaeva.  

Photo courtesy of Anna Chernobaeva.  

Fill in the blanks regarding your closet!
I should throw away this some of my sweaters  but I could never part with any of my shoes
I spent too much money on my shoes but saved a lot of money on my jeans.  
I would love to attend New York Fashion Week and sit in the front row of this show Philipp Plien.  .

Bulgari Omnia amethste fragrance

Thanks for letting me interview your closet Omphile.  I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your blue floral jumpsuit?

Fabrice Simon

Fabrice Simon

Jaden Michael

Jaden Michael