LIFESTYLE
21/09/2017 12:14 SAST | Updated 21/09/2017 12:45 SAST

Dear ThickLeeyonce, Your Bold Love For Your Body Has Inspired Us To Fall In Love With Ours

You have taught us five crucial lessons.

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Lesego 'Thickleeyonce' Legobane

Most women would agree that the journey to self-love and self-acceptance can be a bumpy one, especially in a world that continues to impose narrow beauty standards.

What with the obsession with thigh gaps, long legs, flat tummies, perfect teeth, perfect skin and even 'yellowbones' -- many have gone to extreme lengths to try achieve these beauty standards.

Then enter body positive activist Lesego Legobane AKA Thickleeyonce (24) -- whose recent four-word clap-back at a body-shamer has gone viral.

And it's not the first or the second time Legobane has had to deal with trolls.

"For a while, I had to fake it. I had to fake that confidence. One can't just wake up and say 'From today, I'm a confident person.' It's a long journey...I faked 'til it eventually became real," the plus-size model and blogger told Destiny magazine.

It's this confidence that has inspired countless South African women to accept and love their curves.

These two tweets sum it up best:

So, thank you ThickLeeyonce -- your living your life boldly and confidently has taught us these five crucial lessons:

1. To be comfortable in our skin because our bodies are enough.

To look at ourselves naked in the mirror and love all bits of what we see and even confidently take selfies.

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2. To see our curves with a new set of eyes because they are beautiful and we can flatteringly dress for them.

Plus we can wear whatever we want.

I hope you forgive parts of you that believe you're not beautiful. Let yourself heal. 🖤

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3. Taking care of our bodies is a great thing -- even if we are curvy.

This is because the benefits of exercising and eating clean are not just and primarily about losing weight.

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Back at it 💪

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4. You continually teach us that our being worthy of being loved has nothing to do with our body size

So we should never settle.

Dear God, I am worthy 😩 one day is one day ❤️ THIS !!!

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5. You've taught us how to clap back with class and grace

So, thank you, ThickLeeyonce, thank you.