Johannesburg – Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida has penned a book entitled Shudu Finds Her Magic, which reflects on bullying and its effects on children.
The model will represent South Africa at the 70th Miss World pageant on December 16 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But before that, she is promoting her book.
Shudu Finds Her Magic will be officially launched in August and will be published in six Afrikaans, English, Sesotho, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.
“There are some moments in your life which you dream about but then to see it in real life, something tangible, something to hold. Now, that is something! I am filled with so much pride and joy to present this book authored by myself…
“A piece of my heart captured on a page, written especially for kids. A story of struggles and hope. Of falling down and getting back up and of the incredible journey we call life!” said Shudu.
The beauty said she was compelled to share her own experiences at the hands of bullies.
“The book is aimed at children aged between four and 12 years of age and deals with bullying and the power of friendship. I hope that youngsters will be able to see themselves reflected in the storyline and be able to take something positive away from it.
“I hope that through my story you will find comfort in the fact that you are not alone, that you matter, that the world needs you! None of us are perfect, we were never meant to be and that’s what makes us so special. I hope that young people will be able to see themselves reflected in the storyline and be able to take something positive away from it.”
Shudu encouraged children to speak out when they find themselves in uncomfortable situations.
The organisers of the Miss SA pageant used social media to express their support for Shudu.
“We are so excited to announce that our Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida is officially an author! The book is inspired by Shudu’s own childhood and the bullying she experienced when she moved to a new province and a new school. She explained that the book is aimed at children aged between 4 and 12 years of age and deals with bullying and the power of friendship. Get ready for some more magic!”
Publisher Jacana Media said they would donate copies of the book to Childline and the SA Depression and Anxiety Group.The book aside, it was a big week for Shudu who celebrated her 25th birthday and graduated from Witwatersrand University with BA (Honours) in International Relations. She already has a BSc in in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pretoria.