Despite the fact that actress Motsoaledi Setumo is cementing her place in the entertainmet industry with her talent and self-confidence, she didn’t didn’t believe in herself.
During an interview with TshisaLIVE, Motsoaledi said that she was bullied in school which made her teenage years hard to endure.
“In addition to everything that was going on, high school wasn’t a breeze. You know how kids are growing up, kids are so mean and I had acne so they called me Lunch Bar face. It was just a mess, I had acne and I was so skinny and that wasn’t an ideal combo.”
Motsoaledi, who recently made her debut on The Queen said that she always knew she was beautiful, yet didn’t realise that the bullying made her foucus on the ance rather than her beauty.
“They could tell that I was beautiful, it’s just that I had acne so they made me focus on my acne instead of my beauty and my features. So for every compliment I would receive, people would find a way to sneak in a snide remark like, ‘yeah she’s pretty but she has acne or yeah she’s pretty but she’s skinny.
“I guess I just woke up one day and I was like, ‘no actually, I won’t allow this to happen.’ When you are bullied or pressurised growing up, you develop a thick skin. You become this rude and sometimes rebellious person. Not because you are actually rude, but because you are trying to block out all the negativity aimed at you.”
Motsoaledi said she understood she was focused on because she was seen as a “threat” by people who realised much earlier that she had potential to be extraordinary.
Two major productions later, the actress said she’s thankful for all the self-love lessons, which also proved to be useful when she had her first break in the industry.
She recalled how she breezed through what could have been a tough time when she got backlash for her Generations: The Legacy character, Thabi.
The character landed in hot water after viewers of the well known soapie complained that her semi-naked scenes were inappropriate for prime time TV.
“By that time I was like, ‘I know what I have, I love it and I am going to flaunt it’. The thing is growing up made me realise that I’m actually very beautiful and that is why I am unapologetic about how I look now.”