In a world plagued with unattainable ideals of perfection and status, it is rare come across a person that embodies true self-confidence, grace and humility. When I first met Dr. Maxinne Moses, I knew I was in the presence of a real firecracker as she sat across the dinner table from me, engaging in humorous banter (and my dry jokes) in the most unfeigned manner.
As Judy Garland once said, “Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.” Maxinne, is certainly a living embodiment of this ideal and I simply had to find out more about this strong South African Indian woman …
Maxinne, it is no secret that you keep a low profile on social media, so tell us a bit more about yourself?
Well, I am a 26 year old, brown-skinned, sun-loving Durban girl. While I am a general dentist by profession, my passion is cosmetic dentistry, transforming lives one smile at a time in my practice, Smile Studio, based in Westville. I have a side hustle which most don’t know about, Dr Scrubs SA. Its on the back burner at the moment while I refresh the company & what we offer. I am a down-to-earth person (so down-to-earth that I am also vegan), passionate about helping others in any way that I can. I am also a fan of keeping fit and enjoy running marathons.
As mentioned earlier, social perceptions are often misleading, so tell us 3 unassuming facts about yourself?
- I am pretty bad ass! Haha
- Extremely shy & I have major stage fright.
- I am HILARIOUS (I can vouch for this).
From tackling cranky molars, modelling, keeping fit, eating healthily and maintaining a social life, how do you navigate through balancing all these aspects?
I find this balance a challenge, as any person would. I work 6 days a week and play catch up with admin after work hours. I try to combine activities like working out with friends or perhaps gardening with my loved ones, in order to maximize my time. Being well organised, determined and passionate all contribute to staying on top of your game and pushing through those difficult patches to reach your goals.
Maxinne, you are certainly an impressive persona. Surely you have encountered some bumps along the way. Care to share some challenges you have faced on your road to success?
Like many other woman, especially in he Indian community, we all face some sort of social construction-ism. Personally, I’ve experienced discrimination based on my skin colour, being called “too dark,” “black like Batman,” and “dirty brown.”
Being a darker Indian woman is almost perceived as being not as good as or beautiful as a fair-skinned Indian female. Well, at the risk of sounding narcissistic, I think I have managed to prove otherwise. Sometimes, you need to filter out the noise and focus on what you are passionate about, you are not the problem, you are the living example proving such opinions wrong.
I hear you! Kudos to you for not letting those hateful comments break you. I am sure many of our readers can relate and perhaps wonder what you would tell your teenage self, if you could go back in time and talk to her for just a few minutes?
Wow! Man, I definitely wish I could go back in time and slap my younger self up a bit and tell her not to be so hard on herself. Tell her to be kinder to herself, to stop worrying about the weight and what everyone else thinks. To stop crying over stupid things, nothing & nobody deserves her tears. Mostly to tell her she’s doing a great job and that she should love herself more.
There you have it folks, some wise words from the formidable Dr. Maxinne Moses. I hope that her journey and humility will inspire you to do the same, changing the narrative, one smile at a time. To keep up with this radiant soul follow @maxinnemoses or @dr_max_smiles.
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