Zizo Tshwete opens up about childhood trauma and her healing process

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Media personality Zizo Tshwete (PHOTO:ZIZO THSWETE:GALLO IMAGES)
Media personality Zizo Tshwete (PHOTO:ZIZO THSWETE:GALLO IMAGES)

Media personality Zizo Tshwete recently took to Instagram to talk about the abuse she suffered as a child and how she has healed over the years.

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The 31-year-old started her rise to stardom in 2006 when she won the Miss SA Teen beauty pageant. She has since become a TV and radio personality.

In a recent post, Zizo posted a black and white picture of herself in a bodysuit and wrote, “Nobody deserves to have their innocence taken away from them. NO MATTER WHAT. My body has carried that trauma for so many years.”

Alluding to having been sexually assaulted as a child, she added, “I couldn’t handle the pain as a ten-year little girl I passed out. Never thought about it again until as a deeply broken adult who desperately needed to heal. Barely surviving that only to encounter it again repeatedly as a young adult took any last hope I may have had for the goodness in people [sic].”

In the post she requested that people think before they criticise her for embracing her body and expressing herself. She asked that they look at things from her perspective.

“So instead of any judgement of how you think I should express myself about my life journey, could I submit for your consideration that you get to know me,” she wrote.

See her post below:

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BEFORE YOU PASS YOUR JUDGEMENT CAN YOU SEE THINGS FROM MY PERSPECTIVE: Nobody deserves to have their innocence taken away from them. NO MATTER WHAT. My body has carried that trauma for so many years. I couldn’t handle the pain as a ten year little girl I passed out. Never thought about it again until as a deeply broken adult who desperately needed to heal. Barely surviving that only to encounter it again repeatedly as a young adult took any last hope I may have had for the goodness in people. You can only imagine the abyss I have had to crawl out of to know of self-love let alone to have the courage to allow myself to experience it. Yet, here I am. Celebrating for myself that, in fact, my vulnerability is giving me back every inch of power that has ever been taken away from me. So instead of any judgement of how you think I should express myself about my life journey, could I submit for your consideration that you get to know me. As told by me. Maybe you would see more than a ‘respectful girl who is now showing her thighs’ and maybe the thought of a woman who has survived terrible hurt but has fought to restore her self-love in a healthy and balanced way could occur to you. ?? Cheers to everybody fighting with everything they have to have the life that they want - a life that places emphasis on the wellness of our spirit being too. ?? #ShakingAsIPost #NoMatterHowSlowly #HeartIsRacing #FightingEveryday #Growing #TrulyBlessed ??

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