Mabel Khonje to receive UMP 2020 Fashion Icon Award


Urban Music People (UMP) has announced Mabel Khonje as this year's recipient of Fashion Icon award.

The award is given to individuals or entities that have made outstanding contributions to the growth of fashion and the arts in Malawi.

Ken Zizwa, UMP Awards Executive Producer said: "Mabel is the shining star of Malawi's fashion game. Her  style is refreshing, bold and uninhibited. We salute her ongoing achievements in Malawi and beyond."

Based in Netherlands, Mabel is a former Miss Malawi runner-up, former Miss Malawi beauty pageant organiser and owner and founder of Doll Mabel fashion brand.

Currently, the brand has lipstick and Boudoir by Doll Mabel lingerie line.

Mabel is said to be the first black woman to own and launch a lingerie line in the Netherlands and the first to launch a lingerie line in Malawi.

"My biggest inspiration is my late mother. However, I am also inspired by women in business who have managed to change the game and own their brands. Influencial women such as Rihanna and The Kardashians.

"Just like any other person starting their own business. Its never easy. But, I would advise aspiring fashion designers and models to work hard and never give up," she highlights.

Doll Mable

Hailing from Mitawa Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Tambala in Mayani, Dedza, Mabel Banda was born on 10 August 1983.

She did her primary school education at Alfred Beit International School in Harare, Zimbabwe before going to Lilongwe Girls Primary School. She later went to Dedza Girls Islamic Secondary School. 

She further attended Malawi College of Accountancy and Varsity College in Pretoria, South Africa.

Mabel has an Associate Degree is Public Relations and Applied Communication from University of Wales.

Previous UMP Fashion Icon awardees include Ben Wandawanda and Mary Chilima, wife to Vice President Dr Saulos Chilima.

Meanwhile, nominations in other categories are still open until 20 November.

Powered by Chitoliro Productions, the UMP 2020 awards virtual ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 19 December, 2020.