Asides from being media personalities and entrepreneur, Dami Elebe, Latasha Ngwube and Temi Aboderin-Alao have one thing in common- they are plus-size women and they are using their platform to encourage women like them to love their body.
As guests on Guardian Life, the women speak on what it is to be plus-sized in Nigeria and body positivity.
Latasha is the founder of About That Curvy Life, an initiative that started as a body positive advocacy movement on instagram for plus size people. She is known for her sense of style and how she tackles issues concerning body size.
“I want to see a world where women are not held back by what they perceive to be flaws or imperfections. I’ve seen women who in the last 10 years have been waiting to lose 10kg just before they can start living, go after a job, say yes to a relationship or travel the world. Why should you? Why can’t you do it now? I do not think that you should sit there and wait. Those are the people I hope we’re reaching and I need them to understand that there is no perfect time.”
Dami Elebe is the brain behind comedy web series Skinny Girl In Transit and Rumour Has It.
“For me, body positivity is not just about me being plus-sized. Body positivity is about every single one of us who wake up in the morning and just look in the mirror and feel like they are not who they feel they should be. This is us just saying, “Look it doesn’t really matter how you look. What matters is what you make with your life at the moment.”
One thing I want is for us to get to a point whereby your look doesn’t hinder people from recognising the greatness that you are or whatever it is that you do. I’m just here to make sure that people who have physical challenges don’t let other people make them feel small enough for them to doubt whatever talent they have.”
Temi Aboderin-Alao is a designer and the CEO of the Golden Curvy Agency and also the coordinator of Plus-Size Fashion Week Africa.
“I started this plus size thing in 2011 when nobody would touch it. Now, almost on a daily basis, I come across pages or people who are doing plus-sized fashion now in Nigeria. Designers are now catering to plus-sized women. There are more than 25 [plus-sized designers] at the moment and mainstream designers who never really catered to plus size are now extending their product range. More people are talking about body positivity.
“It all starts in the mind. If you’re feeling down about yourself, you’re not going to get confident enough to get up and change your life and be who you want to be. Whether it’s changing your current relationships, economic status or weight, if you don’t have the confidence or the push to start, you’re just going to constantly be on hold.”