Mr SA contestant Danie Doman on being body-shamed: ‘I’m proud of my boep’

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Danie Doman says he’s comfortable in his skin and isn’t bothered by cyberbullies. (Photo: ONKGOPOTSE KOLOTI)
Danie Doman says he’s comfortable in his skin and isn’t bothered by cyberbullies. (Photo: ONKGOPOTSE KOLOTI)

Think Mr South Africa and perfect pecs and abs you can bounce a six-pack of beers on will probably come to mind. But one finalist in the top 10 of this year’s competition looks a little different. Like a lot of South African misters – especially those who may have let themselves go a little during all-you-can-eat lockdown – he’s sporting a boep.

For many of us, the idea of entering a pageant when you don’t look like you’ve stepped off a runway would be a horrifying thought. But not for Danie Doman (25). He did it to prove a point: that bodies are beautiful in all shapes and sizes.

Yet he found himself the target of trolls who honed in on his less-than-sculpted bod. Danie entered Mr SA knowing full well he was the “shortest and fattest” of the contestants – he wanted to challenge accepted norms and inspire others.

Support independent journalism
Subscribe to News24 for just R75 per month to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. You can cancel any time.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in