- A 23-year-old Lavis mother defied all odds when she was named the 2018 Suidooster Talent Festival winner
- Carren Davids showed off her dancing skills at the at the Artscape Theatre with an unique act
- She showed the audience that despite being a plus size woman, she can still reach her dreams
Carren Davids was victorious after she beat 5 000 other hopefuls to take home the title from the festival on Saturday, 28 April.
According to the young mother she would not allow her weight to keep her from doing what she loved- dancing.
Davids pursued her dance and drama studies at the University of Cape Town before joining the Bridgetown Theatre Company as a full-time dancer in 2016.
She won the competition with her dance and poetry item called “I am Woman”, a story about a lady who was told she’s not good enough to be a dancer because of her plus-size figure.
“I’m a size 36 and I’ve always been a fat girl. It’s not always easy having to please society on what they expect us to look like. What we wear does not make us phenomenal, with our thighs exploding from our jeans, our tummies having to breathe for a few seconds in the toilets of our workplace.”
Davids went up against a variety of acts, which included rappers, live bands, singers and other dancers. But, she was ultimately claimed the winner and the new recipient of the R10 000 grand price.
“I want to spread a message that your environment doesn’t determine your success, in fact, use this as a catalyst to rise above it.
“It was my first time taking part in a competition. I never went with the mindset of winning, but to leave a message to our people through dance and movement.
“It does take a lot from a bigger body to move, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible,” Davids added.
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