I have been a victim of body shaming, says Mnelisi
Full Name: Mnelisi Capa
Likes: Baking, Makeup and fashion
Please share with us an experience that almost destroyed you, an experience that almost cost you your life, however you decided to go out there and Fetch Your Life
For as long as I can remember which is about kindergarten, I have been a victim of body shaming. people have felt the need to isolate me, tease me and comment on my body. On how skinny I was. I have always had to deal with sly comments even from family about how I should eat more. I Had to deal with nick names like matchstick or toothpick or whatever else they felt fit my description. I was always haunted by the thought that until I was a certain weight, I wouldn’t be good enough. I am thankful to have not developed an eating disorder throughout the experience.
How has this experience impacted your life?
Without a doubt the experience was very damaging for a child who just wanted to fit in and end up being isolated from everyone else, because I wasn’t people’s ideal weight was hectic it was absolutely crazy now that I think of it. At a very tender age I had accepted that I was different and that even before I could even introduce myself, I would be asked why I am so skinny. Was I eating enough at home? My physical appearance would be a personality trait
Do you think that had it not been for this experience you would have become the person you are?
I wouldn’t have been who I am if it weren’t for this experience. I am very compassionate and empathetic towards other ppl .and I am very sensitive about topics that are sensitive
What advise do you have for someone that has been through the same experience?
If you are healthy, live your best. Take care of your body and mind and accept the shape and size you are. You are special and u are going to change the world. Don’t let the fear of what people say stop u from reaching for your dream
What does women Empowerment mean to you?
Giving power to women to be able to do things they weren’t allowed to do prior.
What inspired you to do pageants
Watching Miss SA over the years has always pushed me to finally start. Pageant are not only about outer beauty but about empowering women to chase after excellence regardless of societal construct that hold back their growth in society.
What are some of your achievements?
*I am a self-taught Makeup artist with a business that’s generating money at the age of only 17 which enables me to be independent.
What should we expect from you in 2021?
Matric is of course a priority do I will be working hard in that department. A lot of community work in my community especially in the lives of young impressionable children as well.
I am also looking to help 4 girls that are less Fortunate with the opportunity to go to Matric dance but sponsoring them with 360 makeovers.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I want to leave behind a legacy of young people who are educated self-sufficient as well as empowered to change the world
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