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Ac­tress and TV host Chore­og­ra­pher Revlon SA am­bas­sador

Women's Health (South Africa) - - SPECIAL REPORT -

“I got into pro­fes­sional danc­ing when I was 17. I had to change in front of peo­ple, so I got over be­ing naked quickly. I’ve al­ways been com­fort­able in my own skin. If any­thing, it was oth­ers who weren’t com­fort­able with my body. I didn’t have the ar­che­typal dancer body, which is slim or lean. I was quite pro­nounced: fuller fig­ured. De­pend­ing on the spa­ces I per­formed in and the type of dance I did, peo­ple would re­spond to me dif­fer­ently. If I did street cul­ture or tra­di­tional African dance, peo­ple would res­onate with my build. But in more cor­po­rate spa­ces, peo­ple would be like, ‘Mmm, could you eat a lit­tle less?’ Luck­ily, I have a very good sup­port struc­ture. My mom is al­ways like, ‘Show them what I gave you’. I’m a replica of her body. And she’s con­fi­dent. I’ve adopted that kind of at­ti­tude too. My con­fi­dence started at home, where I was taught to be com­fort­able with my­self, re­gard­less of what I look like.”

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