Nobathembu may be in a wheelchair but there's nothing wrong with her self-confidence. The self-proclaimed royalty-on-wheels is a stunning young woman with a strong belief in herself and her own abilities.
Despite being disabled since she can remember, Nobathembu Peter has never allowed it to stop her from chasing her dreams.
The bubbly 25-year-old often inspired her fellow South Africans with her positive attitude. About a month ago, Briefly.co.za reported that Nobathembu urged people to see her first before her disability.
At the tender age of 3, a drunk driver hit her and left her disabled for life. She recently shared her story.
She was on her way to church with other children from her neighbourhood when a drunk driver hit her. She doesn't remember what happened because she was so young but knows the driver was prosecuted, according to a report by wellness24.
But sadly, her injuries were so severe that she could never walk again. It wasn't easy growing up with a disability. Nobathembu said the things people say about disabled people played a big role on her self-esteem.
The young woman added that her parents never treated her differently and supported her a lot.
Her siblings also learned she wasn't that much different from them. Nobathembu is the middle child of 5.
It was in her teenage years that she became aware of the stereotypes that exist about disabled people. But she believes she's a born fighter and she would just fight her way out of situations where she felt discriminated against.
My dream as a young girl with a disability has always been to motivate and inspire others. I remember during lunch breaks in school I used to day dream being in front of a big audience motivating and uplifting people.
Fashion was always Nobathembu's passion. She plans to pursue her passion by becoming a fashion designer as well as modelling.
She hopes to open doors for other disabled people who want to enter the fashion industry.
Nobathembu shared some pearls of wisdom with anyone who is going through life-changing events:
Be patient with yourself. We don't become strong overnight but we become strong by overcoming obstacles and challenges. Everything happens for a reason and how we respond to life's challenges is all in our power.
What an inspirational young woman. When she shared her self-confidence with South Africans in July, they couldn't get enough of her, according to an earlier report by Briefly.co.za.
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