- Ayanda Borotho took to Instagram to post a vulnerable caption that talked honestly of her journey to loving her body
- The celeb posted a lengthy caption detailing her struggles with body image and catering to other people's opinions
- Ayanda told her followers that it was okay to have bad days because there was always light at the end of the tunnel
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Ayanda Borotho took to social media to get candid with her followers about the issue of body image. The celeb shared the struggles she'd had with her own body, and how it was normal to go through ups and downs.
She stressed the importance of understanding the impossibility of societal expectations and that other people's opinions should not define one's own.
Ayanda drove home the message to her followers that if they identified with what she had said then all she wanted was for them to know that they were not alone.
Read her full caption here:
"I hated this body. From when I was a child I hated this body. I didn't like the "African pear" shape and the hips and bums that I knew brought the kind of attention I didn't like. I hated being sexualised. Other women would hurt me when they pointed out how it was the bum and hips that attracted the men. That I had the "right assets". I hated that people would say they wish they had smaller breasts like mine. I wanted bigger breasts. So much so that I contemplated a boob job (nothing wrong with that). And then there were those who laughed that I had small breasts. Until I learnt a come back that says "at least after 3 babies they don't sag..I still have virgin boobs." BUT even that was nasty. It was however my defence mechanism.
The truth is after 3 babies, I can tell you it's hard to love your body. Cellulite, stretch marks...the works but I realise now that what I hated was more the entitlement of opinions about my body from other people. Sometimes it doesn't take having children. It is the unkindness that the world spits out so that we can maintain a standard that they themselves can't. But I also have to own the responsibility of answering or taking on those opinions and plastering the negative words on my body. I still struggle with body insecurities. Ask anyone who has had to dress me. Hide this, cover that...
Getting to embrace your body is constant work. Today I just wanted to tell you, you're not alone. Sometimes, it's okay to feel like you're not enough. As long as you don't stay there too long."
In other Mzansi celebrity-related news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on Letoya Makhene and Lebohang Keswa announcing that they had gotten engaged.
Love is in the air for Letoya Makhene and her now-fianceé, businesswoman Lebo Keswa. The star took to social media to gush about how excited she is to be marrying to her best friend. The singer and actress posted a series of snaps to her Instagram account while Lebo showed followers pictures of her aunties. The two seem utterly wrapped up in their engagement bliss.
The lovebirds look completely besotted with each other in the pictures that Letoya posted, which she captioned with an engagement ring emoji. Lebo's photos said that her aunts had travelled all the way from Virginia to "fetch their bride".
Letoya also added a short clip of her hand, adorned with her new engagement ring and the words, "I said YES!" to her Instagram. The celeb's caption of her being proposed to was captioned: "I still cannot believe that I am engaged to my best friend!!!"
In previous news about the couple, Briefly.co.za reported on when the two now-fianceés took an adorable baecation earlier in the year.
Actress Letoya Makhene and girlfriend entrepreneur Lebo Keswa took a little baecation. The two went on a typical Mzansi-inspired holiday to see one of our greatest wonders, the Big Five. Letoya and Lebo went all out for their little trip and even got into proper safari character with some cute outfits. These two have been dishing bae goals since the day they came out publicly about their relationship.
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