We draw inspiration
from nature, surrounded by beauty and miracles. We are often
oblivious to how blessed we are and should be thankful that we can
appreciate and feast upon these gifts from God. Look around
and enjoy the splendour of Paradise...
Our new range of gloriously
glamorous evening wear was launched amidst the best talent South
Africa has to offer. IT productions and RCP triumphed with yet
another astounding production of art, talent, entertainment, glitter
and excitement. Certainly a memorable occasion when 10
extraordinary women are rewarded by the Rapport and City Press for
the birds of
birds of paradise
are members of the family
Paradisaeidae of the order Passeriformes, found in
Oceania. Most of the species are found in New Guinea, and a bird of
paradise is depicted on the flag of Papua New Guinea. Some scholars
merge this family together with the Corvidae.
Many species of birds of paradise are known for the males'
extravagant breeding plumage; the different species display a
staggering number of feather forms, such as brilliant colours, long
"wires," broad fans, tufted flanks, and metre-long tails.
best known for their plumage are the species of the genus
Paradisaea, including the type species,
Paradisaea apoda, the
Greater Bird of Paradise. This species was described from specimens
brought back to Europe from trading expeditions. These specimens had
been prepared by native traders by removing their wings and feet,
which led to the belief that the birds never landed but were kept
permanently aloft by their plumes. This gave both the name "birds of
paradise" and the specific name
apoda - without feet.
native societies of New Guinea often use bird of paradise plumes in
their dress and rituals, and the plumes were very important in
Europe in ladies' millinery in past centuries. Predation for plumes
and habitat destruction has reduced some species to endangered
Because of relentless hunting for their plumes, most species are
vulnerable or endangered, several critically so.
Photo by Lisa Hnatovicz
Birds of Paradise - 2009
Thank you to the following beautiful models and
photographer, Marita Keet:
"Birds of Paradise" - 2009
Strelitzia is a South African
genus of perennial plants named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz,
home of the former Queen Charlotte of England. The common name of
the genus is bird of paradise, because of the
resemblance of its flowers to the bird of that name
of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (May 19, 1744 - November 17, 1818) was the queen consort
of King George III of the United Kingdom.
was born Sophia Charlotte,
at Mirow in her father's duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany.
Having been selected as the bride of the young king George (who had
already flirted with several young women considered unsuitable by
his mother, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, and by his political advisors),
she arrived in Britain in 1761 and the couple were married at the
Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, London, on September 8 of that
Despite not having been his first choice, and having been treated
with a general lack of sympathy by his mother, Charlotte's
relationship with her husband soon blossomed, and he is not known
ever to have been unfaithful to her. In the course of their
marriage, they had sixteen children, most of whom survived into
adulthood. Charlotte was supportive to her husband as he descended
into mental illness, but pre-deceased him, dying at Kew Palace,
their family home in Surrey. She was buried at Windsor.
cities of Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island,
Canada, and Charlotte, North Carolina were named for her.
Charlotte was a descendant, through six lines, of Margarita de
Castro y Sousa, a black, Moorish, or mixed-race member of the
Portuguese royal family who lived in the 15th century. Charlotte's
biographer Olwen Hedley states that Queen Charlotte's personal
physician, Christian Friedrich, Baron von Stockmar, described his
patient as having "true mulatto features" ("ein