Miss SA shares how she overcame bullying in new children's book

Miss SA shares how she overcame bullying in new children's book

Shudufhadzo Musida, a survivor of bullying, does not want any South African child to allow bullying to determine their future. 

Shudufhadzo Musida holding her book
Shudufhadzo Musida holding her book / Instagram

Miss South Africa, Shudufhadzo Musida, has been very vocal about her determination to tackle mental health issues and end bullying. 

The 25-year-old has published a book that tackles bullying, especially amongst children. 

Her book, 'Shudu Finds Her Magic', talks about how she managed to overcome bullying with the help of her grandmother. 

She says she experienced bullying in school and it almost destroyed her self-esteem. 

"When I lived in the village, my grandmother made me feel like I'm beautiful inside and out," said the model in a video about the book posted on social media.

"And then you get to a place that makes you feel like you are not good enough, that makes you feel like you are not pretty enough, that makes you feel like you don't want to do this anymore. People are just mean.”

Shudu found her magic when she remembered that her grandmother taught her that true beauty flows from within. 

READ: Miss SA's Miss Universe national costume unveiled

"When she (grandmother) said "you are beautiful inside and that makes you beautiful on the outside, I think that is something that resonated with me all my life and something that made me Miss South Africa because I learned that beauty is not only skin deep. There is so much more to that and when I was being bullied, I forgot the beauty that lied within me and when I read this, it reminds me of the fact that she saw it in me and when I found my magic again, I started seeing it in myself too," she added.

The model launched her book on Wednesday, announcing that it is available at bookstores nationwide. 

She also revealed that for every copy sold, one would be donated to a school. 

The beauty pageant titleholder will be embarking on a nationwide tour to promote her books in schools. 

The book is available in six languages (Afrikaans, English, Sesotho, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu) and can also be bought online.

Image courtesy of Instagram/ @Shudufhadzo Musida

READ: New Miss SA vows to fight for mental health awareness

Show's Stories