'I'm more confident than ever!' Nomzamo opens up about new gigs, her secret to success and more

05 July 2017

Life has been a whirlwind for Nomzamo Mbatha of late! We caught up with the local beauty.

She's just been named brand ambassador for L’Oreal and hosted two major international award shows -- Nomzamo Mbatha is hot property all over the world right now. The 26-year-old beauty spoke to YOU's sister publication DRUM about her plans for the future, how she's getting things right and more.

What was it like hosting two big events in the USA?

It was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. The reception and treatment I received from both BET and Essence showed me the importance of always staying true to yourself and being present in the moment.

What an incredible experience! How has it shaped your outlook as an entertainer?

Both occasions afforded me the opportunity to view myself as an outsider looking in. The BET Africa team were such a great inspiration in how they guided me in the process. In the same breath, the experience allowed me to explore my different talents to their fullest potential, without restricting myself to one category.

You have always worn African prints and pushed African styles with a modern touch. Was that intentional? What do you think that has done for other African girls who are looking up to you?

It is innate. I hope those who I inspire take away the fact that, when you stay true to who you are, others will embrace you for that. My fashion is not to stand out and draw attention, but rather to present the most confident side of me at that moment.

Tell us about a recent moment where you were either nervous or the proudest -- and why?

Usually, I am nervous, but this time, I was overcome with peace beyond my very own understanding and a confidence that I never knew I possessed.

You were just named as the brand ambassador for L’Oreal -- what does this mean for you personally?

It’s incredible and comforting to know that corporate brands understand the voice that I put out and represent. I am excited about the partnership and it came at the right time.

You've grown so much in the past two years -- how did you do it?

Investing in great management, putting in the hours of hard work, even when it’s difficult and of course, having a great support system in the form of my family.

Will we ever see Nomzamo leave SA and try out living in the US or elsewhere?

One never knows what the future may hold... Right now, I am staying true to my commitments with the various professional engagements I have undertaken.

Lastly, for that young girl sitting at home or at school looking at your life and wishing that whatever career they choose they will soar like you are doing, what’s your advice to them?

To always remain true to themselves and knowing the power of prayer. Don’t ever leave God behind in your blessings.

-- Drum

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