Motsi Mabuse has detailed how her weight has been “a constant struggle” throughout her life and how she has become “more compassionate” about her height.
On the cover of Prima’s October issue, the Strictly Come Dancing judge, 41, explained how a teacher once told her to lose weight when she weighed just 110 pounds, but learned that a a healthy mind, body and soul were more important.
Motsi also detailed her ‘very scary’ experience growing up in apartheid South Africa, admitted she faced despicable racism, including being called a ‘black witch’ by nuns from his school.
Confident: Motsi Mabuse, 41, has detailed how her weight has been ‘a constant struggle’ throughout her life and she’s become ‘more compassionate’ about her height
Motsi, who will return to the Strictly judging panel later this month, explained that she had always been pressured to stay slim as a professional dancer, but in recent years she has come to understand her size better.
She said: “As a professional dancer my weight was also a constant struggle. There’s so much focus not only on winning, but also on your weight.
“A teacher once told me to lose weight when I was only 50 kilos! Naturally, my body has changed since then, and my weight goes up and down.
Candid: Adorning the cover of Prima’s October issue, the Strictly Come Dancing judge detailed how a teacher once told her to lose weight
“I’ll never get to the point where I think I look great, but I’m much more compassionate with myself now. A healthy mind, body and soul is more important to being lean.
Motsi, who recently published her memoir Finding My Own Rhythm, detailed the horrific racism she endured in her youth when South Africa was still in the midst of apartheid.
She continued: “I lived under apartheid until I was nine, which was a very scary time.
“My parents, Peter and Dudu, and my younger sisters, Phemelo and Oti, and I lived in a black-only suburb, and I didn’t speak English when I went to school, which was difficult.
Sensational: She said: ‘I’ll never get to the point where I think I look great, but now I’m much more compassionate towards myself’
“We were sent to a Catholic school run by nuns and black children were a minority. One of the nuns called us “black witches” and beat us. I was terrified.’
Reflecting on how she became a dancer, Motsi said: “When I was about six years old, my mother started offering Jane Fonda-type coaching classes to women in our township – she was a real pioneer.
“She’s always been an actor and a creator – there’s nothing she can’t do. Later, she set up a dance school for children and although my father wanted me to be a lawyer, like him, I started training, eventually devoting every available minute to it.
“I loved the freedom it gave me and the ability to express myself through my body.”
“When you’re a judge on Strictly, you can only show a percentage of who you are. That’s why I wanted to write my memoirs.
“I love the glitz and glamor of the show, but that’s just a small part of who I am. No one has seen me grow up or witnessed my struggles, so I wanted to talk to the people in my background and show them the real me.
Vile: Motsi also detailed her ‘very scary’ experience growing up in apartheid South Africa, admitted she faced despicable racism including being called a ‘black witch’ in her school.
Motsi also admitted she would be “sad” that her sister Oti will not be appearing on Strictly this year, after announcing earlier this year that she would be leaving the show.
She said: “I will be sad not to see her Strictly this year. I will always worry about my sister, but I have to respect her decision and let her go.
“She has proven that she can more than just protect herself and push herself to new heights. Meanwhile, I will continue to fly the Mabuse flag on Strictly for as long as they want me to.
Coming soon: read the full interview in the October issue of Prima, on sale September 8
Despite her glamorous appearances on Strictly, with sequins and gorgeous dresses galore, Motsi revealed her day-to-day life is much more relaxed, living in the forest in Germany where she spends her days exercising and caring. of his daughter.
She explained: “During the Strictly season, I commute between Germany and the UK. From Monday to Friday, I lead a totally different life.
‘I live in the forest; I take my child to daycare in pajamas; I train, I sleep – and nobody cares about me! Then, on Fridays and Saturdays, I do glamour, before returning to my ”real” life.’
And despite her own history in the dance world, Motsi confessed that she doesn’t want her daughter to follow in her footsteps.
She continued, “I don’t want my daughter to follow in my dance footsteps!” I want to keep her out of all this. Obviously, I want her to be proud of what I’ve done, but if she said she wanted to go into show business, I’d probably lock her up!
Motsi will join Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke back on the Strictly judging panel, after Bruno Tonioli confirmed he has left the show for good.
Find the full interview in the October issue of Prima, on sale September 8. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect.
They are back! Motsi will join Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke returning to the Strictly jury later this month