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Caster Semenya featured on cover of Forbes Woman Africa

The choice to feature the 800m champion on the cover sparked controversy online

The December issue of Forbes Woman Africa magazine, on newsstands throughout the region today, features an exclusive interview with Caster Semenya, who appears on the cover with the caption “I am just priceless: Caster Semenya on being herself and winning against all odds.”  

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Semenya is in the process of challenging the IAAF ruling that she must reduce her naturally-elevated tesosterone levels in order to continue to compete as a woman at distances under one mile, and many people support the IAAF’s position.


Semenya appeared on the cover of Elle South Africa in December 2016.

Methil Renuka, the editor of Forbes Woman Africa, told a reporter at a media unveiling, “There was absolutely no debate. We all agreed from day one that she would be a great choice for the cover… Despite all the odds, despite everything that she’s faced, she’s stayed the course… What actually captured me about her, it’s just her humility. How do you stay so humble?… She’s just everything that the magazine stands for: power, inspiration and influence.”

The October issue of Forbes Woman Africa featured actress/filmmaker from Botswana Connie Ferguson. Forbes Woman Africa describes itself on Twitter as “an award-winning quarterly honouring tycoons and trailblazers.”