Anele Mdoda on plus-size women and confidence: 'I want to know why you expect us to NOT to be confident'

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Anele Mdoda during the DStv Mzansi Viewer's Choice Awards. Photographed by Oupa Bopape
Anele Mdoda during the DStv Mzansi Viewer's Choice Awards. Photographed by Oupa Bopape
Oupa Bopape

Our generation doesn't tolerate anything meant to exclude certain individuals, from race and skin tone to body type. We continue to re-write the rules of self-love because we understand that it cannot be governed.

Daily, people are cheered on for having confidence; however, we can’t assume everyone struggles with it, and for this host, it is no different. Radio host, Anele Mdoda, took to Twitter to post a picture of herself with the caption, “Se cutie bethuna uCamilla (Camilla is so cute, guys).” One follower responded to the tweet with admiration for her confidence.

READ MORE | Ackermans broadens their size range in celebration of curves. Plus, 9 more size-inclusive outlets

Anele responded, asking the follower why she shouldn’t be confident; the follower insisted it was just a compliment. The 36-year-old then sent out a series of tweets explaining her confusion about people thinking thick women aren’t confident.

“It is a question, guys. Also, remember you are new to me, and I am not new to myself. Ask yourself who these people are that you always applaud for being confident, and then ask yourself why it surprises you that they are confident. Who are these people that SHOULD not be confident?”

READ MORE | Lizzo talks diversity: 'I am brown, I am black, I am curvy, and I am perfect'

The talk show host continued to ask why big girls are the ones applauded for having confidence.

“Only big girls are applauded for being confident. I want to know why you expect us to NOT to be confident. You wake up, come here and project your low esteem of self on us. Rather keep quiet. The sun will rise and surely set. Applauding big girls for being confident is like whites saying you speak so well. Stop that or do it at your mother’s house. Not apha (not here).”

READ MORE | ThickLeeyonce on Calvin Klein contract renewal, plus she talks about diversity in the fashion and beauty industry

More of her followers flooded her comment section, sharing their experience with the same issue, with one saying, “OMG! SOMEONE SAID IT! I was called a hater for saying this before.”

And another added, “Iyooh! This nonsense must stop yazi! It’s getting old, my biggest irritation when someone tells me that you dress well for a big girl, or you’re pretty for a big girl.”

The moral of the story is that it’s 2021; we need to acknowledge that women are everything, thick and confident, dark-skinned and beautiful, light-skinned and smart. Period!

Follow us on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram

Sign up to W24's Newsletters so you don't miss out on any of our stories and giveaways

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
After 365 days in lockdown, in what way has your life changed the most?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Nothing's changed. Everything in my life became stagnant.
23% - 81 votes
I've focused more on making my house/apartment a more comfortable, beautiful place to call home.
11% - 38 votes
I don't think I could ever not work from home again. Remote work has saved me so much money.
16% - 55 votes
I just appreciate the people in my life more and take nothing for granted.
38% - 131 votes
I've developed a healthier relationship with alcohol.
5% - 17 votes
I've had to reconsider my career options after retrenchment.
7% - 26 votes