Go­ing naked for good cause

Mag­a­zine’s nude edi­tion about self-love

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Thuso Magano Maganot@sun­day­world.co.za

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.

Khanyi Mbau

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