Mihlali Ndamase was left infuriated by an explosive DM from an undisclosed Instagram user who warned her that she will lose gigs if she continues her being vocal about the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The beauty influencer responded with an even fiery response saying she will not be silenced about the injustice just for the sake of not ‘fumbling the bag.’
Mihlali was applauded for standing firm towards the cause and not shying away from the problem that is faced by black people just for the sake of gigs.
The anonymous follower told Mihlali to not participate in the conversation and outrage fellow black people are engaged in, saying it is not wise for her to be vocal at this time.
“I don’t think it’s wise for you to be so vocal during this time…Don’t jeopardize your future and what you mean to us as black people just because of what’s going on right now…please be careful,” part of the message read.
Mihlali replied with a very informative response and continues playing her part in voicing out her grievances as a black person.
“I will not be silent about the killing of my people. Where one door closes, many will open so if any brand does not want to be associated with me after this so be it at least I will lose a ‘bag’ knowing I wasn’t silent during this time because silence will not protect us,” she wrote.
She continued by saying she does not want to be associated with a brand that does not support black people in their quest to find justice.
Mihlali had previously bashed people who continuously say All Lives Matter at a time where black people are losing their lives.
The YouTuber has said the DM left her irritated and took her back to her schooling days where black kids were told to be quiet about any form of racism they witnessed.
“That DM irritated me so much because it reminds me of my schooling days: black children being called unruly and told to keep quiet about racism to avoid getting in trouble.
It was intimidating then, but now?! Now you can’t be thinking like that as an adult,” she tweeted.
That DM irritated me so much because it reminds me of my schooling days: black children being called unruly and told to keep quiet about racism to avoid getting in trouble.
It was intimidating then, but now?! Now you can’t be thinking like that as an adult.
— Mihlali (@mihlalii_n) May 31, 2020
Mihlali Ndamase shares the struggles to being an influencer
Mihlali Ndamase may have not planned to be an influencer when she opened her Instagram account and started her YouTube channel, but moghel blew up so fast that those who aspire to be like her maybe duped into believing it is a piece of cake.
Mihlali shut down the assumption that being an influencer is easy. She said people who think a photo here and a photo there is all it took had a rude awakening waiting for them.
“The one thing I can say is that it is not as easy as it looks. A lot of people see the final product and they’re like ‘OMG this is so easy! I’m just taking two Instagram pictures and you know I’m gonna get brand deals.’ But there’s actually a lot of work that happens behind the scenes and you need to put money in to get money out. You need to be consistent and, most importantly, be authentic,” Mihlali said.
The influencer has more than one million followers on Instagram alone, and even though she aspired to such numbers from the get-go, initially it was a far-fetched dream for her.
“When I started my Instagram page, I didn’t think it would happen for me but it’s something I aspired to. I wanted to have a successful channel. So I spoke it into existence and put in the woke.”
“It wasn’t really part of my plan (to become an influencer). The only thing I knew was that I wanted to start a YouTube channel because I was very passionate about beauty, and there were some make-up bloggers I was watching from the States. I would watch their growth and I was inspired by that.”
The influencer laughed with embarrassment when she spoke about how she has “taken a break” from school. Mihlali was studying strategic communication but paused her studies to capitalise on the popularity of her personal brand.
“So I was studying full-time for two years, so I was like let me switch to part-time. So halfway through my part-time studying – LOL, I probably went to classes twice or thrice last year, I barely went to school – I decided to stop wasting money and just take a break. But I will go back when I am ready.”