Plus-size model Thickleeyonce, real name Lesego Legobane, shared a heartfelt Instagram post after trolls bullied her after sashaying down the runway at Style by SA show for Woolworths at South African Fashion Week.
Known for having Teflon skin, the model broke down after reading the comments in a post by MTV Africa on Twitter of her walking down the runway.
Yesterday ws probably 1 of the best days of my life, but I ended up going to bed very sad. I genuinely don't give a fuck wat ANYONE thinks of me. Zero fucks, but u know what? I ws really sad. I was so anxious abt walking in a fashion show with models who hv years of experience & who are a lot smaller dan me, I ws skeptical but my mum said "Do it 4 the next big girl who wants to be a model but thinks it's impossible" & so I dd it. My moment came & the minute I stepped out all I heard ws "Leeyonce! Yaaaas! Thick lee" I look up, there are ppl screaming 4 ME! I ddnt expect any of this cos my mum nor Lerato were there (they are normally the ones who scream 4 me lol) so I lost my cool, & got so overwhelmed by the love lol I just couldn't help but smile cos wow! The love is REAL! I feel it & I am ALWAYS grateful. Oh but the hatred? The cruelty? The malicious comments I hv to deal with? EVERYDAY? Most days its whatever.but yesterday I read & read & read & read until I was numb & cudnt feel anything anymore. Its been 4 years, FOUR YEARS of online abuse & cyber bullying bt yesterday? I got really sad. "Don't entertain it" "U like playing victim" "Be strong, don't mind them" "Don't let them get you down" "Haters girl, u know how they are" "Just ignore it" "U talk too much abt body positivity, ur annoying" "Ur self love is fake cos u always entertain haters, u really insecure" I've heard this 4 FOUR YEARS. Imagine havin to deal with bullies 4 years & ppl tellin u "dnt mind em" Thr are days whr ppl pop up on my TL callin me terrible things, I read, block & carry on with life...evn wen it upsets me, I cnt talk abt it cos the minute I address it, "I am entertaining haters, I like attention" (thr are ppl who believe dat this is wat I want, dat I like it wen ppl say these things abt me cos "I get to play victim" imagine that. Im tired of hearing "ignore them" bcos I am expected 2 b "OK" with this. This is not OK. Dnt tel me nt 2 mind dis, cz I do. Read al of these, its nt evn a quarter of wat I read last night or wat Iv read all my life since joining SM, it's just a glimpse, read & tell me I sud just turn a blind eye
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