Addressing TshisaLIVE, Sbahle said wearing bikinis gave her the confidence she didn’t have when she was growing up.
“I was once at a point where I couldn’t wear a bikini. When there was stretchmarks and cellulite. So for me to wear a bikini now is liberating. I want to show big girls that they shouldn’t just wear a bikini but a Brazilian bikini that shows off their whole a*s.”
Sbahle has beforehand discussed being called a horse face and told TshisaLIV she was regularly teases in school.
“Everyone was so skinny and I was different. I had stretch marks on my knees,” she added.
In her mission to get in shape and increase back some confidence, Sbahle lost 13kgs of a very brief timeframe. She then realised that losing so much weight made her feel even less confident.
“I went from 81 to 68, but ended up just looking horrible. I looked like I was sick. So, I decided to go back to my weight and accept who I was. From there I started working on my fitness and toning instead, so that I could look great in a bikini.”
Needing to look great in a bathing suit was the greatest inspiration for Sbahle after the incalculable hours she spent feeling terrible about her body.
“I always show off my bikinis because it used to break my heart when I was sitting there in shorts and scared to swim in front of other people. Now I am so confident, I can walk around a mall in a bikini. I don’t care.”
Sbahle will get an opportunity to flaunt her swimsuit body as one of a few celebs on the current year’s Tropika Island of Treasure TV reality competition. The most recent season of the show commences on February 5.
“I can’t wait for people to see me on the island. It was a great experience with so many highs and lows. I thought my fitness would help me on the island, and it did, but there was so much more to it,” she said of her experience on the show.