JOHANNESBURG – Photographer and plus-size blogger Lesego ‘Thick Leeyonce’ Legobane trended on social media after she hit back at a body-shamer on Twitter in a spectacular way.
Thick Leeyonce is known for posting body-positive images of herself.
The Wits Political Science major embraces her curves and advocates for women who do not conform to stereotypes.
Twitter user Leyton Mokgerepi posted a meme placing a petite woman on the left and Thick Leeyonce on the right next to each other. The meme reads “Girls that I like vs girls that like me”.
Girls that I like vs Girls that like me pic.twitter.com/3TDfKVs7bo— Leyton Mokgerepi (@imleyton) September 19, 2017
But Thick Leeyonce was having none of it and put Mokgerepi down with just a few choice words.
I don't like you https://t.co/91TJ5xypV8— lee (@ThickLeeyonce) September 19, 2017
Damn! Thick Lee clapped homie so casually. No vulgarity, nothing! LOL!— Sizwe Dhlomo (@SizweDhlomo) September 20, 2017
Other plus-size models and bloggers like Yoliswa Mqoco have made waves in the fashion industry because they celebrate their bodies unapologetically.
Despite some mean comments on Twitter, many have come out in support of Thick Leeyonce.
That guy thought he was dragging ThickLeeYonce ganti na mo drag-a to prosperity.— Heat Is My Signature (@Basetsana_Pule) September 20, 2017
Nyisa Moghel. We are here for ALL of it. Viva pic.twitter.com/kPhfXF1oY0
Was an ambulance able to get this dude to the burn unit??? Is he alive???— Kelly Jane (@asweetriot) September 21, 2017
People keep tryna drag Thick Leeyonce but she staaays winning. Self love is powerful.— Ous Monate (@Lavish_Lemon) September 21, 2017
"Sometimes God allows people to run their mouth about you so they can see they ran their mouth and still couldn't stop nothing"— lee (@ThickLeeyonce) September 20, 2017
Thick Leyonce's dismissal of Mokgerepi has received thousands of likes and comments on Twitter and she has received support from American singers Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande.
Ariana Grande liked my tweet! I'm screaming!! pic.twitter.com/ozC9vUGoGB— lee (@ThickLeeyonce) September 20, 2017
The model's clapdown has gained so much traction, Teen Vogue has since reached out to her for an interview.
My heart just dropped! Yes I am --------------what !!!! Yes !!!!!! https://t.co/OdBZOzpQfa— lee (@ThickLeeyonce) September 20, 2017
Mokgerepi tried to retract his comment by tweeting the original image of Thick Leeyonce captioned “Girlfriend Goals” but the damage was already.
Girlfriend Goals -- -- -- -- -- -- pic.twitter.com/NsT0v9Lkme— Leyton Mokgerepi (@imleyton) September 19, 2017