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Tessa Twala opens up about being labelled a ‘yellow bone’

Tessa Twala yellow bone

Swaziland-born actress Tessa Twala has opened up about being labelled as a yellow bone. Tessa, who plays Gugu in Mzansi Magic’s drama ‘Ring Of Lies’, said that being viewed differently because she is a ‘yellow bone’ is as serious as racism or sexism in the acting world.

“I did (experience xenophobia), but I won’t lie, it was subtle because of the way that I look. I admit that it is because I am light skinned. I don’t know why it is that way, because I see it (xenophobia) and I experience it but I don’t think it’s as bad as it is for other people. It’s like, the lighter you are the better you are treated.” – the actress told TshisaLive in an interview.



The actress said that while she can’t change her complexion to avoid its privileges, she valued merit. Tessa described her career as a calling because she didn’t get formal training to act but she took classes and she learnt other things on the job.

“It was a decision I made so that I become better at what God has called me to do. That way I get my gigs on merit” – she added. The actress added that she had no tolerance for any kind of discrimination and wasn’t afraid to call people out.

Source: TshisaLive

Era Baloyi

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Era Baloyi is a Copywriter, Social Media Manager, Public Relations and Communications practitioner who is Co-Founder and CEO of Fame Africa TV. He's been with Fame Africa TV since 2014 and he's seen how the magazine grew. He focuses more on entertainment, music and movie reviews.