Learn to Love
Across each of the countries surveyed, the percentage of women who said they were now more confident has risen significantly. Examining some of the reasoning for this increased level of confidence, the majority of South Africans said it was attributed to age: “I’m older now and my self-image has improved with age”, followed closely by: “My body has changed and I think I look better now”. Twenty-eight-year-old Lele Dlamini has learnt to love herself over time. Comparing herself now to a high-school portrait, Lele says: “I was thinner than I am now, however I noticed that my arms were wrapped around my school uniform. I looked good – but felt uncomfortable. I couldn’t go through every moment of my life feeling this way. My body is beautiful now, as it is. It has 28 years of bumps and lumps,” she says.