‘I look better lighter’ – Khanyi Mbau on her transformation

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It seems no matter how much of a flame grilling Khanyi gets about her looks, she isn’t going to quit doing what she wants any time soon.

Her cosmetic journey began in 2011 when she had breast implants, followed by an eyebrow lift and a procedure to push back her gums and whiten her teeth.

She has also had liposuction (and invited the media into the surgery to witness fat being sucked from her bottom), removed hair follicles from the back of her head and implanted them on her eyebrows and on spots around her head where she needed hair.

She’s also admitted to using Botox to freeze her wrinkles and to using fillers to give her nose a better profile. Every one of these procedures were done in the name of “finding the fountain of youth” and “looking for a Photoshopped look”, she says.

“I’m looking for the closest thing to perfection.” She doesn’t do it to stay relevant, Khanyi insists – she doesn’t need to.

“Relevancy chases me – I’ve been relevant since the age of 13.” Yet she won’t stop until she’s achieved her ultimate goal: “I want to be a doll.”

Khanyi has been blasted for being “un-African” for her adoration for skin-lightening techniques and playing under the control of those who don’t regard dark-skinned women as beautiful as their lighter-skinned partners. In any case, it has nothing to do with that, she said a year ago. She has nothing against dark skinned women – she just thinks being lighter skinned helps her career. “I look better when I’m lighter.

Music megastars Beyoncé and Rihanna are said to be fans of the drip and are believed to have begun the worldwide trend. As indicated by Chanel Gordon of the Lightsculpt Aesthetic Clinic in Johannesburg, which offers the treatment, those who visit the clinic are normally “health conscious” and need assistance with pigmentation marks.

“The treatment works from the inside out, targeting pigmented areas of the skin. It has become popular because it also cleanses the liver, kidneys and thyroid, giving the patient energy,” Chanel adds.

Khanyi has no desire to quit using anything that helps to her looking like that doll she so wants to resemble.

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“If you want to slam me for wanting a brighter, more glowing skin, then why not also attack people who pluck their eyebrows, change their hair colour or shave their legs. I’m not hurting anyone and it’s making my life easier. At the end of the day, choosing to have lighter skin really is just skin-deep.”

 

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