Fame has been a rocky ride for photographer and now plus size sensation Thick Leeyonce after having trended on social media and made headlines, getting both local and international body shaming comments and having many well-renowned artists stick up for her, and still today she stands strong.
Thick Leeyonce has become an inspiration to many young and old women around the world, and after she took to Instagram sharing her heart-warming message, reflecting on her strides in 2017 we decided to highlight the many times, Thick Leeyonce inspired us.
2017 was bitter sweet, I experienced so much body shaming, I got called all kinds of derogatory names, some days it hurt so much, most days I didn’t give a fuck, and this is the reason why...I am on holiday in Mozambique, having breakfast with my family and this beautiful girl comes to me and start crying and thanking me for helping her to learn to love herself...”I am dressed like this because of you,” she says. Every time I go out, I meet so many beautiful girls (big and small) who always have stories to share with me about how they struggled with self esteem issues but have now found inner peace by loving themselves because they see me doing it...and I cry with them every single time. A lot of them see me as a big sister or as a best friend even if it’s their first time meeting me because they have felt a deep connection with me through my social media posts. I know I also get 100s of DMs and emails and it’s unfortunate that I can’t always reply to all of them, but it warms my heart when you guys say you learned to love yourselves by watching me love myself, sometimes I don’t even get it, it sounds crazy! Me? Really? Lol! No ways!!! But I love all of you, I might not know you all personally, but it warms up my heart to know I could have that sort of impact in someone’s life. I will always fight for fat girls to do whatever the fuck they want, too many young girls have issues that affect them so badly all in the name of “beauty” and that’s fucked up. So when people are cruel towards me, I always say it’s okay, God placed me here because He knew I could handle it, He would never let me go through something I won’t survive. The movement is bigger than me. (Thank you to my godmother @mami_manaledi_diale for capturing this moment with Liah.) (Music: Alessia Cara @alessiasmusic Scars to your beautiful)
The plus size sensation made headlines when she walked the ramp at the #SAFW #AW18 and had the crowd cheering for her, which had her in teers.
"I didnt expect any of this cos my mum nor Lerato were there (they are normally the ones who scream 4 me lol) so I lost my cool, & got so overwhelmed..." she shared on Instagram after the event
Thick Leeyonce has built her brand on beauty and confidence and has even worked with well renowned brands such as Woolworths for their lingerie range.
After a tweep decided to come at her on social media, Thick Leeyonce made a clapback that set her on an international platform, getting interviews with Teen Vogue and even PerezHilton.com, not forgetting that even American rapper Niki Minaj stood up for her on social media.
I hate it when men think that fat girls are desperate and that we like every other guy cos "we don't have options" , first of all, check yourself. So this guy tried it and it seems that my response tweet went viral 🔥 liked by Ariana Grande, Ava & Nicki Minaj😭😭😭😭😭😭even Julius Malema showing ya gal love, ku lit !!! 158K + retweets and 551K likes, I don't think I'll know how to act this whole week💁🏽💇🏾👸🏾 #FatAndStillOuttaYourLeague
From being a photographer, walking the ramp and even becoming a model, Thick Leeyonce has owned it!
Thick Leeyonce has now become a voice of hope for many women, redefining societies 'summer bodies' and owning it as she serves all the praise on all social media platforms, we look forward to seeing many lives being touched by her fearlessness.
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Main image credit: instagram.com/@thickleeyonce