Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse views her impressive weekly hairstyles as a form of celebration after being previously told to ‘hide’ it.
The 41-year-old ballroom and Latin pro has wowed viewers at home with her impeccable box braids, and fans were in awe after her eye-catching blue braids stole the first live show last month.
However, Motsi revealed that her daring looks are more than just a fashion statement.
‘So even things that I’m really loving to celebrate now, which seem so little to other people, like celebrating my own hair — the way my hair grows, what I can do with my hair — it’s something as a child I didn’t see,’ she said.
It was always more like, “hide your hair, get your hair under control,”‘ she told The Sun.
The judge also added that in order to achieve the show stopping look, she has to remain in her chair ‘for the whole day.’
Motsi’s revelation comes after she revealed the horrific racism she and her family faced, telling Prima: ‘I lived under apartheid until the age of nine, which was a very scary time.
‘My parents, Peter and Dudu, and my younger sisters, Phemelo and Oti, and I lived in a Black-only suburb, and I didn’t speak English when I first went to school, which was difficult.
‘We were sent to a Catholic school run by nuns and Black children were a minority. One of the nuns would call us “Black witches” and hit us. I was terrified.’
Motsi began dancing at the age of six, making it her career as a competitor and teacher in her own dance school in Germany before joining the BBC show.
Her sister Oti, 32, had also been a professional dancer on Strictly until recently leaving to pursue other ventures.
This week’s Strictly will see the celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners perform routines inspired by various famous tunes from the BBC, including the themes from The Apprentice and EastEnders.
Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday at 6:30pm on BBC One.