Going naked for good cause
Magazine’s nude edition about self-love
If the thought of posing naked still shocks you, the annual Marie Claire Naked edition is making it more acceptable as more and more celebrities accept the challengewithboth hands.
After all, they are getting naked for a good cause.
Women are constantly judged on how they look, and the women in this year’s Marie Claire 2018 Naked edition haveall beenvictims of society’s misconception of how women should look and behave. The theme for this year’s campaign is #DearBody and is aimed at promoting body positivity and encouraging women to take pride in their bodies.
This year, the line-up in- cludes actress and TVpresenter Khanyi Mbau, Isibaya actress Michelle Mosalakae, presenter and modelLalla Hirayama, and sensual dancer Zodwa Wabantu. A surprise addition is comedian Tumi Morake.
Mosalakae says when she was first approached to be in the edition, she was nervous because she had been previously told that she was fat.
“I did not do it for myself but for charity.”
She said that despite all the earlier criticism, she gained confidence as she grew upand nowwalks tall with all her imperfections. “I am now confident when I look at myself in the mirror.”
Wabantu said her originality is key and she never tries to imitate others. “I am comfortable in my own skin, and I don’t pretend to be someone else. When I was asked which partofmy bodyshouldtheyfocus on, I said my facebecause I have been previously told that I have a beautiful body but my face is ugly.”
She said beauty is about women knowing their worth.
Mbausaid womenshouldbe in charge of their own bodies.
According to Marie Claire’s online editor, Abigail McDougall, the issue is about body positivity and acceptance. The proceeds from the exhibition linked to the edition will be donated to charitable causes.