NEW Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse has posted a cryptic Instagram post following backlash to her new role.
She shared a picture of two rabits trying to pull different size carrots out of the ground.
The picture said: “Success is not always what you see!”
And she captioned it: “Keep going !!!!!!!!!”
Motsi recently told of her pain at suffering sick racist “monkey” jibes as a black TV star.
The South African-born dancer – who starred on the German version of the show – was the subject of a warped joke based on her colour.
A stand-up comedian called Faisal Kawusi – a contestant on Let’s Dance in 2017 – sparked outrage with the vicious taunt.
He compared South Africans to monkeys – and even wondered if Motsi could interpret the animals’ grunting in the movie Planet of the Apes.
Mum-of-one Motsi, 38, told this week’s Radio Times: “I’ve learnt the power of words. I’ve had the worst thrown at me.”
She added: “Racism is very extreme and it has become worse in recent years.
Motsi joins fellow Strictly judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli[/caption]
“People are feeling, for some reason, ‘We can attack’.
“They write some bad stuff – they’re gonna ‘hit you with a baseball bat’ and call me ‘monkey’.”
But Motsi said that her painful experiences have helped shape her into a fair judge who will dish out only constructive criticism to celeb dancers.
She explained: “I’ve learnt to not look that deeply into what people say as it’s mostly a reflection of themselves.”
Motsi and Craig Revel Horwood arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2019[/caption]
Motsi – who lives in Germany – replaces the departed Darcey Bussell on the panel for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing starting on Saturday.
Her sister Oti is a pro dancer on the show.
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Explaining how she would never give her undue favour, Motsi has said previously: “I really need to be fair and she’ll get what everybody else is getting.
“We’re on different paths and it’s important.
“I don’t think anybody should be bigger than the show and it’s important that everybody is very professional.”
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