I’m a 23 year old Diva by the name of Mpho Tshikalange from Shayandima a small town in Thohoyandou in Venda.
I believe a Diva is a lady who completes, accepts herself for who she really is instead of what she is told to be. Being a chubby diva is an experience of a lifetime.
From a young age I’ve always been big , amongst my peers it was a tough experience. I used to be teased a lot and being called names that were insulting. as a result at time I would try out some some exercises that would make me loose weight fast, so that I could fit in amongst my peers.
I never rejected anything about my chubbiness , I had accepted the fact that I am big & beautiful, there wouldn’t be anything no one can do about my chubbiness as from my self confidence. People started to accept me for who I am instead of what I looked like.
Being a diva takes hard work, to implement yourself, knowing your personality and to accepting yourself.
My parents always told me “you beautiful and you should work hard to reach your goals, it’s not always going to be about your weight, it has to be about accepting yourself and have a major self-confidence about your chubbiness”.
Being big basically runs in the ‘family my nanas’ most of them are big boned African women, why shouldn’t I encourage Full Figured Women.
I agreed to be part of the Chubby Vogue Divas because I want to influence all other Divas out there, that you must love yourself and embrace your Diverseness as you are.
Charmain the photographer and her team gave me a chance to be a High Profile Model. I was nervous at first, didn’t know if i was posing the right way, but the clothes looked really great.
I felt like a Star
I eventually warmed up to being photographed.
Eating and exercising well’ keeps your body healthy and going, but what is a beauty from the physical appearance only, women should learn to accept their inner natural beauty, to accept who they are.
Who said only thin people can do it!!!