Sunday Times

FAME OR BUST

Otlile Mabuse waltzes into TV dance show

- By SUTHENTIRA GOVEN­DER

● When Pre­to­ria-born dancer Otlile

Mabuse sashays on to the dance floor for the lat­est sea­son of Strictly Come Danc­ing UK, she’ll be con­fi­dent that her “bra en­gi­neers” have firmly se­cured her 28F ch­est.

The big­gest chal­lenge for the ag­ile dancer has not been per­fect­ing her paso doble or samba for the BBC show, but avoid­ing a wardrobe mal­func­tion of the kind made fa­mous by singer Janet Jack­son while per­form­ing at the Su­per Bowl in 2004.

But thanks to the dance show’s cos­tumedesign team, Mabuse, who is re­turn­ing for her fourth sea­son, has no con­cerns on that score.

She will part­ner for­mer Eng­land spin bowler Graeme Swann for the lat­est sea­son of the show, which kicks off to­day.

For the first time in Strictly Come Danc­ing UK’s history, there will be two South African pro­fes­sional dancers, Mabuse and new­comer Jo­hannes Radebe from

Sa­sol­burg.

Mabuse, 28, made her de­but on the show in 2015 af­ter a danc­ing stint in Ger­many, where she was seek­ing new chal­lenges af­ter win­ning the South African Latin Amer­i­can Dance Cham­pi­onship eight times. She ap­peared in the Ger­man tele­vi­sion danc­ing show Let’s Dance Ger­many.

Speak­ing from the UK, Mabuse, who was a run­ner-up with tele­vi­sion celebrity Danny Mac in 2016, told the Sun­day Times that a busty dancer was “very, very rare” in the UK and Europe.

“In SA, be­cause we are quite busty and curvy women, it’s easy to find bras that fit you,” she said. “In South Africa I was a 30D and that was nor­mal. When I moved to Ger­many, I was told I was not a D cup but a J cup.”

But Mabuse found that the Strictly Come Danc­ing show “ap­pre­ci­ates that every woman does not have the same body type”.

“What I re­ally love about the show is that they work around a spe­cific hu­man’s body,” she said.

“Each bra is made specif­i­cally for each girl … they use the cups from the bra, re­move the back and in­cor­po­rate it into the cos­tume.” Mabuse said she had never had any ac­ci­dents while per­form­ing.

“They sew you in, lit­er­ally. My dream is to start my own bra line here. But be­cause busty dancers are so rare, I’m a lit­tle bit ner­vous there may not be a mar­ket for it.”

I love my boobs. I have a body a lot of peo­ple can re­late to Otlile Mabuse

She is proud of her curvy fig­ure and of­ten posts on so­cial me­dia about her love for her body.

Mabuse re­cently tweeted: “I love my der­riere! I also love my boobs. I don’t have a small, petite dancer’s body and I’m quite curvy, so I think I have a body type a lot of peo­ple can re­late to.”

She said she felt lucky to be in­vited back every year. “It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to work with the stars.”

Radebe, who has won the South African Latin Amer­i­can Dance Cham­pi­onship twice, is chuffed about be­ing in­cluded as a group dancer on the show.

“Join­ing Strictly Come Danc­ing is one of the great­est achieve­ments of my danc­ing ca­reer. It is such an hon­our to be part of an in­cred­i­ble cast and be part of one of the big­gest shows in the world,” he said.

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 ??  ?? Pre­to­ria-born Otlile Mabuse has been in­vited back to ap­pear on ‘Strictly Come Danc­ing UK’, part­ner­ing crick­eter Graeme Swann.
Pre­to­ria-born Otlile Mabuse has been in­vited back to ap­pear on ‘Strictly Come Danc­ing UK’, part­ner­ing crick­eter Graeme Swann.

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