Khanyi Mbau is all about using all the available resources to look her best. In an exclusive interview with Drum, she shares her latest surgical procedures.
Brave and up for any challenge, Khanyi describes herself as ‘the Rambo of weight loss.’ “As much as you can lose weight through exercise, there will always be pockets in your body that will never go away even if you go to the gym and that is where liposuction and tummy tucks come in; just to make sure that everything is in place,” she says.
“Wealth is not money and material, wealth is health, which is why I have partnered up with Slimatone. I take my health very seriously.”
Last month, Khanyi had a waist reduction procedure as well as liposuction, she admits.
“My 32-year-old body was starting to show and I looked round. I wanted an hourglass, 22-year-old looking body, so I had a waist reduction procedure and liposuction,” she says. In addition to that Khanyi also had new breast implants put in.
“I also went a cup size bigger on my breasts. I removed my C-cup implants and I am now a 32 D-cup. I want a perfect aesthetic, like a doll,” she says.
She views these procedures as an investment, as they don’t come cheap at all. “I paid R95 000 and I am not proud because my mom will be very upset, but I had to do it. I do this because my job requires me to be a billboard. I sell dreams for a living. As entertainers, we have the responsibility to sell vanity, an escape for people. We need to constantly look like their dreams and their heroes. Imagine Superman with a belly,” she says.
The TV presenter says she is on a mission to always reinvent herself. “Only people like Madonna, myself and others understand that you need to reinvent yourself. Colgate and Coca-Cola are not the same as when they started,” she says.
While a household name, Khanyi refuses to be called a role model for young girls. “I’m not a role model. I am a person of influence, a person of experience. I can be used as an experiment for people to say, I do not want to do that, I want to do this and that,” she says.
Khanyi says her boyfriend and penny whistle player Tehogo Lerole doesn’t always agree with her decisions but is always honest about it and supports her. “Tebogo says as long as it’s not ugly and botched then he does not mind. He supports me, as long as I remain the same person,” she says.
Khanyi’s recent procedure will take three months to heal.
Watch Khanyi’s entire medical procedure on SABC 3 with Dr. Mark Steinmann coming soon.