Plus-size model ThickLeeyonce, real name Lesego Legobane, has found herself on the Twitter trends list following her SA Fashion Week debut on Tuesday night. Legobane said following the gig she was proud of, she went to bed “very sad” after reading body-shaming comments on social media.
Listen @ThickLeeyonce just rocked the runway!! Yasss Kween!! #SAFW 🙌🏽🔥 pic.twitter.com/SA2mlCb8n4— MTVAfrica (@MTVAfrica) October 24, 2017
“I genuinely don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks of me. Zero fucks, but you know what? I was really sad. I was so anxious about walking in a fashion show with models who have years of experience and who are a lot smaller than me, I was skeptical, but my mum said: ‘Do it for the next big girl who wants to be a model but thinks it’s impossible,’ and so I did it,” she said.
Watch her runway walk below:Though she received a lot of love at the show, it was the bad comments on social media that ruined her night.
“The hatred? The cruelty? The malicious comments I have to deal with? Everyday? Most days it’s whatever…but yesterday I read and read and read and read until I was numb and couldn’t feel anything anymore. It’s been four years, four years of online abuse and cyber bullying but yesterday? I got really sad,” she added.
Read her full post below:
Among other comments she received, Legobane has been told that she likes to play the victim and that she’s attention-seeking. Some criticised her runway walk, and said she was walking as if she was told there was “a sale at Shoprite”.
These were some of the comments:
“Don’t know why corporates are force feeding us ThickLee like there aren’t thick women who are actual models.”
“Thicklee is an example of an individual who forms part of a marginalized group but is also problematic and contradicts her own politics.”
“Can we call out people like ThickLee who capitalise on body positivity but live to body-shame skinny folk? How does this work?”
Legobane said though she had played part in shaming others for different reasons in the past, she had apologised for it all and felt that people had to move on.
While apologising for her wrong, she mentioned Metro FM DJ Lerato Kganyago, who has been criticised for different reasons in the past, but Kganyago hit back, saying Legobane did not have to involve her name.
“You were doing just fine until you dragged my name in! Make your point without dragging me in on this! Kinda awks this is an indirect attack!”
Legobane insisted that her tweet came from a good place, but Kganyago was still having none of it, saying if it were, she would have sent her a message instead of tweeting it.
Love please STOP tweeting me and answer my calls/Send me location @ThickLeeyonce ... your sincere apology is getting diluted! Please!— leratokganyago (@leratokganyago) October 25, 2017
Now don't come and tell me about DEPRESSION I've lost TWO CHILDREN and I can't have anymore! Do I go around HURTING OTHERS? HELL NO! 👍🏼 https://t.co/MXhfhqDUBn— leratokganyago (@leratokganyago) October 25, 2017