My name is Xolile Pinky Mthembu, 26 year of age and I’m the eldest of four kids at home. I grew up in a very big and popular township in Durban called Umlazi., I’m a bubbly, spontaneous , sophisticated and career driven individual.. Those who know me understand that I don’t stop at anything until I get what I want.
As a black woman, what inspires me the most is independence and having a voice as a woman
Being a Chubby Vogue Diva has surfaced a more confident and vibrant me…It’s truly proved that I am a go getter. And don’t have to be a size 32 in order to feel comfortable and sexy in my own body.
Truly speaking I wasn’t such a big bodied girl growing up, but I guess all the weight came with my career choice and always eating on the go. It took me a while to come to terms with being a plus sized woman, since as a personal preference I don’t like having much material on me, because I believe I was blessed with a beautiful, and flawless skin that I enjoy flaunting from time to time. But due to the size of my body as well as cultural believes and society as a whole, it forces you to cover up.
As a diva, I believe there are many women out there who would relate to my story, and my aim is to reach out them and give them motive and inspiration to take great pride in their big bodies, and always understand that the beauty in a big black woman, is more than what meets the eye, but its within..
I really felt great after my photo shoot, it’s something that I never thought I was actually capable of, but after one too many snaps , I realised that I’ve got a special connection with the camera. It’s something I would enjoy doing more often as a hobby, who knows, or maybe end up pursuing a career out of it.
Images taken at Wilsonswharf Durban Harbour
Clothing by Model