Veteran kwaito singer Mshoza is one South African celebrity addicted to skin lightening procedures. She has also done nose job, breast implants, tummy tuck and lip fillers operations.
Mshoza’s skin-lightening obsession began when she experienced pregnancy-induced hyperpigmentation, a common but temporary condition that causes women to develop dark patches on their face and neck.
In the past five years, the 33-year-old has also undergone plastic surgery as well as nonsurgical procedures in an attempt to resemble Trinidadian-born US rapper Nicki Minaj. The pictures released by MTV Base last month, which showed her with grotesquely swollen cheeks and lips, had Twitter in a spin.
“My skin was pigmenting. Lightening my skin was the only choice I had,” she tells City Press.
“It has nothing to do with self-hate. I do not regret the decision – I love myself. Even though I have always been beautiful, I think I am prettier now.”