Say YESSS to the dress: Oprah Winfrey shuts down Saks Beverly Hills for a bridal shopping spree with graduates from her South Africa school – and bride-to-be nabs $10K couture gown
- Oprah Winfrey took three girls who graduated from her leadership academy to Saks in Beverly Hills on Saturday in order to find a dress for one of the women
- The group first enjoyed dinner at Spago before heading over to Saks for a private shopping spree, where the bride-to-be was seen holding up a $10,000 dress
- All three women who attended the outing were graduates of Oprah’s first class at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa
- All three women hold graduate degrees just 12 years after they first started attending Oprah’s academy
You get a dress and you get a dress and you get a dress and you get a dress – if you are a graduate of Oprah Winfrey’s girls-only leadership academy in South Africa.
The iconic television personality shared a photo on her Instagram Saturday that showed her enjoying some very meaningful retail therapy with one of her girls as she gets ready to walk down the aisle.
‘I’ve known these girls since they were 12 and 13 coming to my school. Graduating from college. Grad school. Now our first wedding. Looking for the perfect dress. #biglifemoment,’ wrote Oprah in the Instagram post.
She included a photo of her and her three former students, including the bride-to-be who was seen holding a $10,000 bridal gown from Berta.
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Dress for success: Oprah Winfrey took three girls who graduated from her leadership academy to Saks in Beverly Hills on Saturday in order to find a dress for one of the women (l to r: Morgan Mpungose, Oprah, the bride-to-be and Mpumi Nobiva)
Balance: The group first enjoyed dinner at Spago (left and right) before heading over to Saks for a private shopping spree, where the bride-to-be was seen holding up a $10,000 dress
Winfrey and her girls made an entire day out of the shopping excursion, first stopping off at Spago for food before hitting up the Saks Fifth Avenue bridal salon in Beverly Hills.
The salon was of course not open tot he public at that time, allowing the group to shop for the perfect look without being interrupted by Oprah’s fans.
Morgan Mpungose, who holds her masters degree in architecture from the University of Southern California, was one of the women on the trip and shared some snaps of the day.
So did Mpumi Nobiva, who recorded one video of herself running through the store while holding one of the custom dresses against her body.
Practicing for when my turn comes? … lol helping pick a dress was SO fun. Now… we wait for the groom to arrive in about … 10 years – at least – I hope (or more) #monatempolaye,’ wrote Nobiva.
Nobiva, who was just 9 when she lost her mother to an HIV/AIDs-related illness, is an international speaker.
She too has her master’s degree, in strategic communications.
Winfrey’s commitment to the education of young girls in Africa has paid off in a big way, and every year she makes a point of being in attendance to watch as at least one of her graduates accepts their degree from American colleges.
Meet me at the altar: All three women who attended the outing were graduates of Oprah’s first class at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa (Nobiva above)
The three young women she went shopping with on Saturday are different though as they were all part of the inaugural class at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Winfrey said she made a promise to Nelson Mandela back when her school first opened that she would attend the graduations of the first group of girls.
She did that and then some, also going to watch them collect their master’s degrees and now wedding dress shopping at Saks.
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa is a girls-only boarding school that opened in 2007 near Johannesburg.
Winfrey said she wanted to open the school given her own struggles in her youth.
There were 72 girls in the first graduating class, who began at the school when they were in the eighth grade.
Every single one of those girls received a full college scholarship, and as part of her promise Winfrey will be there whenever one of them accepts her degree.