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South African female celebrities who have experienced body shaming

Rolene Strauss

Rolene Strauss is a South African beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss South Africa 2014 and was later crowned Miss World 2014. She was body shamed after she gained weight during her pregnancy.

Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake is a South African comedian, actress, TV personality, and writer. In 2018, she became the first African woman to have her own set on Netflix. She is also known to be the first woman to host Comedy Central Presents in Africa. She lost weight and she was body shamed for that.

Sophie Lichaba

Sophie Lichaba, née Mphasane, formerly Sophie Ndaba, is a South African actress. She played Queen Moroka in the soap Generations. In 2016, she was guest judge in the final Miss South Africa 2016 beauty pageant. She started being body shamed after she began to lose weight. Many said that she is HIV positive which was wrong.

Nobathembu Mabeka

Nobathembu Mabheka born 26 February 1977 is a South African gospel singer. It is reported that her body shaming issues started when she was young.


Lesego Legobane is a South African model and social media influencer. It is reported that she was labeled as fat and ugly.

Unathi Msengana

Unathi Nkayi is a popular South African singer, songwriter, actress, TV and radio personality, and journalist. Unathi was also body shamed.

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