Embodying the bold beauty of her homeland, Mbatha is featured in a beautiful full-page spread written by Ida Harris.
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MBatha came to the United States from South Africa and became a working actress. Since her arrival, she has stunted on us with gorgeous, sable skin, an impeccable fashion sense, and bold hairstyles. Her self-awareness does not come off as pompous or arrogant but rather proud and confident. If there is a phrase Mbatha might embody it’s that she is “the truth.”
Mbatha has seen the prejudice of many marginalized groups. She witnessed the colorism, racism, ageism, sexism, ableism, and body shaming that also exists beyond the entertainment industry, and credits Gen Z for challenging the status quo and disrupting the foolishness around identity politics and marginalization.
“They are doing well for every generation that already exists and doing extremely well for the generation that will follow,” Mbatha said. “It’s great to be living in their time because they are now breaking those barriers and breaking the pre-existing, weird-ass sh*t.”
One gig led to another and another, and the next few gigs made her an emerging and recognizable star who was honored as one of OkayAfrica’s 100 Women in 2018. Mbatha went on to act in the show Tell Me Sweet Something and Holiday Swap. Ultimately, she was invited to host 2020’s BET Awards Show.
It may seem that her journey was linear, but there were many peaks and valleys throughout her journey. There were times when Mbatha felt uncertainty. She even considered not auditioning for Coming 2 America. We're glad she changed her mind.
While Mbatha’s humanitarian and philanthropic work is an integral part of her life, she also understands the importance of taking care of herself, too. As her flawless hair and skin will attest, the Coming 2 America leading lady is a self-proclaimed “product whore” pretty much trying any and everything she can get her hands on. However, Neutrogena is her go-to product, the ones she travels with and can absolutely not be without for her daily and nightly skincare routines.