One nose- and boobjob later, Mshoza hopes that her surgery will lead to a career makeover as well!
WHEN kwaito singer Mshoza married her businesstycoon husband last year she had everything: a loving man, a big house in a quiet Mpumalanga suburb and, of course, a nice car. And when her daughter Pride was born last year, the picture of a happy family was complete. But the kwaito star, who made her name with her hit song Kortes and was best known for her tsotsi-girl image, wasn’t at all happy with her body, especially her small breasts.
The musician’s unhappiness with her non-existent cleavage had long been a sour note in her life. As a teenager growing up in Meadowlands Soweto, she was often teased about her flat chest. “People used to compare my breasts to tennis balls and call me flat-chested. At first I didn’t care, but I started taking them seriously when I was about 17 or 18. That’s when I started thinking about surgery and would go around asking about the price,” says the 25-year-old mother and wife. However, back then she didn’t have the money for a boob job.
For many years Mshoza stuffed her bra with silicone breast pads bought from Glomail. She also turned to hormone tablets that promised to grow her breasts. But nothing worked for her. Even after she was married she was tormented by her lack of cleavage. Her confidence and breasts shrunk after she gave birth to her baby girl. After an uphill battle convincing her husband Jacob Mnisi that surgery was the only way she could get what she wanted, Mshoza eventually got her dream of bigger boobs when she went under the surgeon’s knife for three hours. She went into the hospital’s theatre a 32A and came out a fuller 32C, and an even bigger belief in herself.
BONA is in Witbank to take photos of Mshoza’s new body in a sexy lingerie shoot. One can’t see a big difference in her nose yet, which in a way means the doctor did a good job, but her cleavage is hard to miss even when it’s hidden under a tracksuit top. She’s quick to admit that she never had a serious problem with her African nose, but she felt like she wanted it to be sexier. “It was a want, not a need” she says. She felt the need to share the details of her makeover with the media because they were bound to find out, she says. “I didn’t want them to write about it as a bad thing, because I don’t think I did something wrong. It makes me happy and I’d like to share that with everyone,” she adds.
As the BONA crew moves in to set up for the steamy photo shoot, there are strict orders from Mshoza’s husband: he doesn’t want his wife naked in the magazine! As she starts undressing, revealing very firm and real-looking breasts, she seems secretly excited about wearing the small pieces of sexy underwear that the stylist has brought for her. She doesn’t want to upset her husband, though, especially after all the convincing he needed to agree to her having the breast enlargement. “One day I bought a nice top that just hung on me like washing on a fence,” she reveals. She told her husband how emotionally frustrating the situation was and that she felt like she wasn’t good enough for him. Eventually he gave in. But for all his “strictness”, Mshoza has nothing but good things to say about her husband. Besides forking out close to R100 000 for the surgery, he also helped nurse her back to recovery. “He stayed by my side when I was in hospital. And when I was still in pain and couldn’t move, he fed me,” says Mshoza gratefully. She was in quite a lot of pain after the operation, the nose job hurting more than the breast implants, but she believes the suffering was well worth it.
Although naturally shy, she is confident as she poses for the camera in front of a mirror in her bedroom, and she is even more playful as she seductively lies on her queensize bed flaunting her new twins. “I have no regrets,” she assures us, “the surgery has changed my look and I’m happy with everything.” She hopes her new-found confidence will allow her to be a better musician and businesswoman. After her husband helped her set up her own recording company, Mshoza Boza Entertainment, she felt like she wasn’t being taken seriously because of her looks. “I had no breasts, a baby face and I am very short, which made me look 12 and the people I had meetings with would ask: ‘Who is this child?’” She also blames her slowing down music career on her image. But now she’s sure that she’s ready to take the music world by storm again. “My music hasn’t changed too much, but my stage performances are very different. I can now look as sexy as my dancers,” she says proudly.
With her double album, Queen Of Kwaito, as well as new artists under her label – X1 aka Xolani and Baksteen of Tshisa fame – it sounds like there’s a musical makeover on the way as well. “I want people to know I’m no longer a tomboy. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister and a lady,” she says with the quiet confidence of a woman who is where she clearly wants to be. There have been media reports that Mshoza plans to fix more body parts and she reveals that she has a budget of R1 million to do so. She’s very secretive about what other procedures she wants to undergo, saying they’re too personal and most people won’t even notice. She’ll only reveal that she has her eyes set on a J-Lo bum, which she claims she had before pregnancy changed her body. Mshoza assures us she’s not about to become the next Michael Jackson, addicted to surgery. “I know it’s possible to go too far, but I’m not addicted. I just want to do what I want and get it over and done with.” It’s good to know she has policemen in the form of her sisters Seipati and Thandi and possibly her mom, who did not support the change at first as she felt her daughter should have been happy with what God had given her. It seems the new look has really given Mshoza confidence on stage and courage in the boardroom – has it added spice in the bedroom? “I suppose so, ja,” she says giggling like a schoolgirl, “I can’t comment too much on that, but it has.” [e] Story: Ntokozo Maseko Pictures: Pieter du Toit Styling: Thato-ya-Ona Lerefolo Make-up: Cecilia van der Westhuizen Hair: Mshoza’s own stylist
Story: Ntokozo Maseko
Pictures: Pieter du Toit
Styling: Thato-ya-Ona Lerefolo
Make-up: Cecilia van der
Hair: Mshoza’s own stylist