Plus-size model Lesego Legobane claps back at body shamer

By Carmelita Fredericks Time of article published Sep 21, 2017

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"I can be fat and still be out of your league."

This is the message Lesego "ThickLeeYonce" Legobane has for a Twitter user who felt at liberty to use her picture in a body-shaming meme.

South African Twitter user Leyton Mokgerepi got more than he bargained for after he used pictures of Lesego, — a 24-year-old plus-size model and body-positive activist — and model Joëlle Kayembe in a body-shaming "Girls I like v Girls that like me" meme which he shared on social media.

Since Tuesday, his tweet has since been liked by over 5 600 users and retweeted over 1 900, but it's the comments that really got tongues wagging — after one Twitter user tagged Lesego in his tweet.

Speaking to Buzzfeed, Lesego said she felt compelled to reply because "he has to know his place" and "he was being rude".

Lesego's clapback was simple, yet profound. She wrote: " I don't like you". And Twitter exploded.

Her reply was retweeted over 290 000 times and received over 907 000 likes.

Celebrities Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Zara Larsson, Maggie Lindeman and Ava Duvernay faved it and MTV Africa even created a gif in her honour. 

Joëlle, the second woman in the meme, said she didn't think the meme was a "compliment" to her, but rather "rude and unceccessary".

"It was not a well thought out compliment, if that is what he was trying achieve... And to use one woman's picture to body-shame another is just rude and unnecessary" 

After being dragged on Twitter, Mokgerepi tried to save face by sharing Lesego's picture again, but this time he wrote: "girlfriend goals".

But Twitter wasn't having any of it. One tweep wrote: "Bwahahaha! Too little too late. Accept yer punishment sir.(sic)"

While others shared memes of what his future love would be like.

Lesego said she's been "overwhelmed by the love" and has been getting messages from women saying her body positivity has inspired them to love their own bodies."

"It means a lot to me that I can change someone's perception about their physical appearance by loving my own," she said.

"I hate it when men think that fat girls are desperate and that we like every other guy 'cause 'we don't have options'.... It's utter nonsense.

"I can be fat and still be out of your league."

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