Bootylicious Boity

2014-02-23 14:00

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Forget diamonds – squats and lunges are a girl’s best friend.

That’s one of the ways presenter-actress Boitumelo “Boity” Thulo has developed the shapely derriere that trended on Twitter this week.

Thulo (23) tweeted a nude photo of herself, YFM’s Zama Dube and 5FM’s Catherine Grenfell.

They posed for women’s magazine Marie Claire’s annual Naked Issue, which raises awareness and money for the Lunchbox Fund, a nutrition and education nonprofit.

Thulo was one of 35 local personalities who went commando in the name of charity. But the other 34 are playing second fiddle to Boity’s behind, a sight that shot #BoityReaction to the top of Twitter’s local trending topics for two days straight.

The photo that started all the trouble features Catherine Grenfell (sitting), Zama Dube (left) and Boitumelo ‘Boity’ Thulo. Picture: Merwelene van der Merwe/Marie Claire

When we meet, the Potchefstroom Girls’ High graduate looks impeccable in a black suit, her hair and make-up beautifully done.

She’s choosing to ignore the hype her bum has caused.

“I am willing to explain. I was not forced into a weird or negative situation, I am happy with what I did. I think it will work to my advantage in the future,” she says.

Thulo speaks fast – really fast, like rhyme-spitting US rapper Busta Rhymes – and you have to pay careful attention to catch every word.

“My decision to do it was not because I wanted to try out being naked, it was for Marie Claire. If they ask me to do it again I would probably do it because of what it was for and not because of what people have turned it into.”

But she acknowledges all the attention has caught her unawares.

“I was extremely surprised by the reaction. I was shocked. I mean, there is an entire Lee-Ann Liebenberg on the cover, she [exposed] herself and her unborn child to the entire nation and people overlooked that and concentrated on my little bum?...?that was awkward.

“I think I got unnecessary attention but it is what it is. The PR that came about, I am glad for because Marie Claire got something out of it and it was fantastic.

“We’ve seen ass before, we see it all the time. It wasn’t out of fear or genuine worry about me, it was just to be negative.”

Amid the criticism, there was a strong sense of admiration from many women followers, who wondered how she stays in such desirable shape.

She is happy to share her secrets.

“I go to [gym] Sweat 1?000 and use USN products. I also work out at home doing squats and lunges. I try to do a 30-minute workout every morning and do different routines.

“I also try to eat clean. I drink warm lemon water every morning on an empty stomach, it’s the best thing ever. My breakfast every day is oats with blueberries and blackberries and flaxseed, sometimes almonds. Dinner and lunch is not really planned.”

Charity isn’t new to Thulo. She says she’s been involved in Thusa A Girl Child in Ekurhuleni and some parts of KwaZulu-Natal for three years.

The campaign targets disadvantaged schools and hosts talks with young girls, as well as handing out sanitary towels.

She says that statistics show that 70% of girls drop out of poor schools because they don’t have the necessary material when they have their periods.

“They can’t go to school for an entire week. And missing school for an entire week every month is detrimental to your studies.” I ask her how her partner feels about all the talk about her body. “I don’t have a partner, my partner is my mother, so it’s fine. She gets it. She is an open-minded young woman, she’s not old, she’s in her 40s, she’s not like an old mother who doesn’t know and is confused.”

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