• Editors’ Note: To Love Some Body

    By Shameelah Khan To Love Some Body  The nurse pulled my mask up and reminded me that I needed to keep it on. She had a gentle touch and called me ‘mama’. I appreciated her calming voice in the hustle…

    Beauty

    Artwork by Gloria Shoki Zamorka (Black Girl) is an 1895 oil on canvas portrait of a black woman, by the Slovenian artist Anton Azbe. Painted in the style of realism, Azbe viewed the painting as being …

    Odd Bookers: A Bouquet of Flowers

    Review by Radiyah Manjoo Readers, Allow me to indulge myself this month. Not everyone is a bouquet person, we don’t all love flowers or the concept of having them gifted to us. I, though, do. I …

    Music Feature: Nick Pagemat

    Nick Pagemat is an alternative jazz-electronica artiste, music artist and producer, creative entrepreneur, and nominated fashion filmmaker. Nick is known for his ground breaking work in the South Afri…

    Finding Masculinity: A Return to Innocence Lost

    Narrative Essay by Selabe Kute I can’t quite remember the day my father walked out on us. It must have been sometime around 1994. We lived in a rural homestead on the outskirts of the North West, surr…

    An Odd Journey: Beauty

    A Short Story Series By Amir Bagheri Part V Beauty  Reza I am not really sure how many hours my spiritual trip lasted. It was mentally exhausting. I did not have an appetite for anything. The thought …

    Sunlight

    A Short Story by Astrid Bridgwood Pillowcase between my teeth, light pouring over me like dawn was made to be laid sticky over sorrow like honey. I wake up without you, hair tangled with the smell of …

    Photo Series: Revisioning Beauty

    By Elham Azimi When I first sat down to write about beauty for Odd Magazine, I thought it would come quite easily to me. As an artist and designer, I connect with the beauty of our world – our humanit…

    Beauty Poetry Bouquet

    Poetry by Alun Robert Butterfly Valley Sail together to Butterfly Valleyleave Ölüdeniz on a twin-masted guletwith breeze blowing firmlysails fluttering stronglyas sea horses gallopalong the wooded coa…

    Green Peppers

    A Poem By Mbali Tshabalala Elephant ears, Golden dewdropsSpanish daggers and Hawaiian Elves.Leaning concrete walls.Felled back by the Divorceefrom Ndaleni.  The sun spread thin, the last of the Orange…

    You are my home

    A Poem by Samantha Maposa you are my home of fractured walls and all scarred floors and walls. we are mended with precious metals our cracks filled like cream doughnuts and our eyes – cleaner, wider, …

    Tayamum, Beautiful Dust

    A Poem by Shameelah Khan Tayamum is the Islamic act of dry ritual purification using sand or dust, which may be performed in place of ritual washing (wudu or ghusl) if no clean water is readily availa…

    Icarus

    A Short Film by Luthfiyyah Rahman Nana The short experimental film explores the relationship between the beauty and makeup industry. Rahman’s short sheds light on the specific question of violen…

    Artist of the Month: Kamyar Bineshtarigh

    Art Feature by Aaliyah Ahmed Meet our artist of the month who uses language as his raw material. Kamyar Bineshtarigh was born in 1996 in Semnan, Iran. He currently lives and works in Cape Town, South …

    Reawakening Beauty

    Poetry by Angelo De Klerk Reflection  Is this really my reflection?Or the reflection of what’s around me?I guess mirrors tell no lies…I mean – It could be faulty lighting.Maybe something in my outfit?…