And to think this all began because someone just wanted a bra that would fit her...
Following the furore surrounding the preview from Bonang's upcoming Autumn./Winter range for her Distractions lingerie collection for Woolworths, a fan of blogger and photographer Lesego 'Thick Leeyonce' Legobane tagged the influencer and implored her to make provisions for women with bigger breasts to also be able to buy cute and affordable bras.
Leeyonce then responded to her fan, using the opportunity to champion a cause that has long been close to her heart; fashion's exclusion of women who wear sizes larger than what is considered the average.
Before she could even finish, model and media personality, Keitumetse 'K Naomi' Noinyane interjected on the basis that she was tired of the "us vs. them" approach when discussing fashion for women of different sizes.
Never one to shy away from a debate in which she gets to champoin her cause, Leeyonce went IN on K Naomi, both on the timeline and in the DM's.
She then sent K Naomi a bunch of essays via DM which she then posted on the timeline later on, in which she explained her position on the matter in addition to sharing her experience as a 'fat gal' (a term of endearment she has given herself) who loves clothing and wants to look as fashionable and cute as her thinner counterparts.
Leeyonce shared the series of screenshots in an Instagram post with the following caption:
"KNaomi's tweet got a lot of people feeling it's okay to attack me even more for being pro ALL BODIES and addressing fatphobia. I am abused online every single day & I can’t address it because ppl are tired of me talking about being body shamed. Whenever I speak about fat women's struggle, I am told that it is getting old & I need to stop talking abt it bcz ppl are tired of hearing abt it.
These “tired”ppl are the same ppl that are represented in everything. A woman with big breasts will go to 12 different shops and still not get a bra that fits her, and when she does get it costs 3 million and not even cute. A woman with small breasts, will walk into any store and find a bra for less than R200 in her size. A fat woman will settle for a pair of jeans dat aren’t stylish coz there's nothing else.
A smaller woman will walk into a store & find different types of jeans in her size. This is what we call "Thin privilege", u are spoiled for choice, ur not told "Lose weight so that u can dress how uv always wanted to dress".
No one is disputing that smaller women have struggle, but we cannot place them on the same pedestal as fat women's struggles. Smaller people are quick to dismiss fat peoples struggles the same way heterosexual people dismiss issues that affect gay & trans people.
The same way white people dismiss racial issues.
The same way light skinned black people dismiss colorism.
The same way able people dismiss people with disabilities issues.
The same way local people dismiss xenophobic issues.
The same way rich people dismiss poor peoples issues.
When it doesn't affect you, it is "tiring" & u don't want to hear about it for a long time because you see things from a privileged perspective.
I will never stop preaching about the importance of body positivity and representation until fat women, "ugly" women have the same freedom as mainstream women, so get tired all you want, I have a big following and I am going to use it to make a difference and to fight for the rights of those that are continuously discriminated against."
K Naomi then apologized...
But the apology does not seem to have remedied anything as women who identify with Leeyonce have already made up their minds about K Naomi. Yikes! Share your thoughts on the matter with us on social media @ZAlebs.
Main image credit: instagram.com/ @thickleeyonce and @knaomin