Popular for her role as the Chief of Thathe’s first wife on SABC 2 soapie Muvhango, Maumela Mahuwa admitted that she hadn’t always been the confident and bubbly person she appeared to be on social media.
She spoke to Drum Magazine about how being called ugly made her feel. “When I agreed with them that I was ugly, I stopped loving myself… When you are told you are too dark, short, your nose is flat and your lips are too big, you start to believe you are really ugly. I saw nothing beautiful in me,” she told Drum.
After a 36-year battle with her self-esteem, the actress said she is now able to post images of herself on Instagram, she feels good about herself and is confident in her own skin. She is now a preacher, singer and motivational speaker.