The women in my life, mainly my mom and my aunt, have also taught me the power of a positive attitude. So regardless of whatever situation life throws at me, I always try to remain optimistic. My ability to always see the light at the end of the tunnel, I feel,  makes me beautiful.

Meet Zoliswa Mbadu a beautiful flower from South Africa who has joined the Healthy Movement with Versatility Beauty&Fashion 2016.

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Who is Zoliswa Mbadu?
Zoliswa Mbadu is originally from Durban, South Africa but has been living in Johannesburg for 8 years now. I’ve always been a creative individual ever for as long as I can remember. I studied at the National School of Arts in high school. I then studied towards a Bcom Degree for a year which I absolutely hated. I think during that year I realised how important and fulfilling it is to study something you love and are passionate about. Now I am currently studying fashion design and I love every moment of it, although it does get challenging and stressful at times. Art and fashion have always been a part of my life. I’m also so grateful that I come from a family who encourage me to pursue my passion.

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How would you describe your inner beauty?
As I grow up, it is more evident to me that ones inner beauty is reflected on the outside. As stubborn as I may be, I feel like I am one of the most loving people I know. I’m such a passionate lover. I believe in loving whole heartedly or not loving at all. The women in my life, mainly my mom and my aunt, have also taught me the power of a positive attitude. So regardless of whatever situation life throws at me, I always try to remain optimistic. My ability to always see the light at the end of the tunnel, I feel,  makes me beautiful.

What do you love about your beauty?
I love how unique I am. I stand out like a sore thumb. I wouldn’t trade my freckles for anything.

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Every girls dream is to become famous in entertainment industry. As we all know in the modeling and fashion world is a very hard industry and is not as glamorous as it may seem to be. Four years ago, the documentary called “The Color of Beauty” about an African Canadian model named Renee who’s struggling through New York’s top agencies in the hopes to be a part of New York Fashion Week 2008. Furthermore, in the documentary a model agent uttered that if they ever hire a black model she has to look like a white girl dipped in chocolate. What are your thoughts about the mentality they have in the fashion industry?
I just feel like it’s time we celebrate our diversity and look past skin colour.

What do you love the most when it comes to your beautiful hair?
I love how thick and full it is.

What three things would you recommend for women with curly/coily hair?
Drink loads of water

Let your hair dry naturally after washing it.

Eat healthy foood. Pack up on the fruits, veggies and nuts.

What three things would you not recommend women with curly/coily hair?
Do not expose your hair to a lot of heat.

Do not bleach you hair.

Avoid using harsh chemicals on your hair as well.

In 2011 Versatility Beauty&Fashion interviewed the famous natural hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood. One of the questions Versatility Beauty&Fashion asked her was what she thought about the trend amongst women with coily or curly hair becoming natural. She responded that in her perspective becoming natural is not a trend, but more as a movement. Do you agree or disagree with Felicia Leatherwood statement about becoming natural is a movement?
I do think it is a movement and a radical one at that. I feel like women tend to be inspired by what women in the limelight are doing and follow suit. We’ve seen a lot of women in the industry wearing their hair natural these days, such as Lupita Nyong’o and Solange Knowles and I think this is so beautiful and empowering. We’ve been brainwashed into believing that straight flowy hair is the ideal beautiful but it is so enlightening to see women of colour finally unlearning these ideas and embracing their natural hair.

2013 was the year when the ideal of a woman body strong is the new skinny. Versatility Beauty&Fashion is pro-health and believes that working-out is the best medicine you can ever give to your body and soul.  But some women are taking it to the extreme and most women (and unfortunately teen age girls) are inspired to use a work out method, which is to manipulate or enhance the body to become hourly-shaped that many celebrities are promoting on social media instagram such as Amber Rose, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian West and her sisters Kourtney Kardashian and  Khloe Kardashion. What are your thoughts about today’s attitude of the ”new” ideal of a womans body?
What is important, ultimately is for one to feel good in their own skin. I’ve struggled with weight issues for a long time in my life and what I realised is that you just have to get to a point where you are truly happy in your body. And until you get to that point, , nothing that anyone says will change how you feel about yourself. So just be healthy and work on your body until you get to your ideal size or shape.

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How often do you work out/ how often do you think one should work out to feel good?
I have recently started jogging and I jog as often as I can. Usually jog about three times a week on average. I struggle to stay consistent with my jogging though so I recruited my friend to join me and hopefully we will keep each other motivated. One should exercise as often as they can but remember that too much of anything is not good. And also, a little is better than nothing at all.

The Healthy movement with Versatility Beauty&Fashion is a campaign where we want to inspire women around the world to set goals for achieving healthy hair, healthy body and healthy soul(inner beauty) this year of 2016. If you would like to join the movement what would your goals be to achieve

  • Healthier body

– Make healthier food choices.

– Decrease my sugar and cake intake and become a full vegetarian.

– Exercise as often as I can

  • Healthier hair

-Make healthier food choices and drink more water which will ultimately affect my hair

  • Healthier soul (inner beauty)

Making time to do things that make me happy such as riding bicycles and reading books and surrounding myself with positive people and get rid of all the toxic people in my life.

In which social media can one find you?
On Instagram @zolfreckles

To end, thank you so much for this lovely opportunity :).


Interview by:
Versatility Beauty&Fashion