Less than a month into her reign, Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida says pageantry in South Africa has grown way more representative and inclusive than it was in the past. Musida speaks to News24 about why she didn't always feel pretty growing up, why she changed her closing speech at the last minute, and what was one of her secrets to success.
Growing up in Ha-Masia in rural Limpopo, 24-year-old Shudufhadzo Musida never believed someone like her could one day become Miss South Africa.
Because, when she moved from the village to the town to go to primary school, she says she was bullied for her Venda heritage and barely speaking a word of English. As a result, she hid herself from the world.