South African plus size queen; Lala Tshabalala also known as Miss Curvy Lala of Plus Size Is Me recently released pictures from a beautiful body positive campaign called The Summer 2016 Body Love Campaign. The body positive blogger aims to celebrate every woman’s body, her strength, her flaws and show support. Here’s what she had to say about the idea for the campaign shoot;
“We have become so accustomed to woman and woman hate that we don’t realize that even in the process of being hateful, her beauty remains. Women are jealous of other women when they don’ have confidence of their own, we are all beautiful and every woman needs to know that so we can both be beautiful and confident about it. I think it’s important we start uplifting each-other instead of dragging,” says Lala.
Lala has always been vocal about body positive issues and in a recent post she gave her opinion on Khloe Kardashian’s new show; Revenge body, here’s what she had to say;
Before I express my opinion I just want to make it clear that I have only seen the trailer to this show, not an actual episode.
It’s everything when people are encouraged to become the best version of themselves, in fact it’s super important. ❤ Judging from the trailer, the show is about people working hard to obtain their “revenge body” to stick it to someone else. THIS IS WHERE I HAVE A PROBLEM. *side bar* This is not about Khloe Kardashian, she is not the inventor of the revenge body concept, this is about the concept itself. ✨
Once again I’m all for self improvement! I support it! But the issue I’m having is with the reason it’s being done. Why are we entertaining this idea that self worth, validation and the desire to be better is dependent on someone else? OK fine, so you lose weight/tone up/get fit, see that person/people you were doing this for and then what? What is this expectation? Are they to treat you better? Acknowledge your worth? (if they now think you are worthy because of your new body there’s a problem) Want you back? Most importantly, are you happy? Because this was never about you to begin with; this was about them.✨ I’ve struggled with my weight and body image for a very long time and just like Khloe and many other people I would comfort eat (sometimes I still do). My body love journey has been anything but easy but I can tell you this much, getting to a place where I appreciate my body for all it does for me, how it looks and boosting my self esteem and actually getting closer to my “body goals” started with self love. I had to block out everyone else’s opinion, stop seeking their approval and make it all about ME. ✨
When it comes to something as personal as your body no one else should have a say unless it’s for the right reasons and it’s being done with love and care.
The campaign features Lala and her friend Lerato Mofomme both rocking stunning swimsuits in a series of poolside shots. Checkout the rest of the campaign picture shot by Tumelo Nja: @International.Shots below;
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