The Spice God­dess now in­spires a pos­i­tive self-im­age

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - CLIN­TON MOODLEY

VERUSHKA Ra­masami is not your typ­i­cal blog­ger.

Although she is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised for her zany and in­for­ma­tive blog, The Spice God­dess, she is also us­ing her voice to spread the mes­sage of body con­fi­dence and the im­por­tance of a pos­i­tive self im­age.

The 36-year-old from Isipingo was re­cently named the brand am­bas­sador for Curvy Girls Chron­i­cles, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­motes body pos­i­tiv­ity among women.

Ra­masami, a travel and tourism lec­turer at the Coastal KZN TVET col­lege, has been vo­cal about women ac­cept­ing their flaws as she was a curvy woman her­self.

“I want to be the voice of peo­ple to show them that it’s okay to love them­selves even if the way they look does not meet so­ci­ety’s ex­pec­ta­tions.

“I re­mem­ber writ­ing a piece called #PlusSizeMe de­cides to #ChooseBeau­ti­ful last year. The in­spi­ra­tion for the ti­tle came from a cam­paign that Dove ran in which women were en­cour­aged to ac­cept their flaws.

“Af­ter re­turn­ing from Mau­ri­tius I had the courage to share my jour­ney as a plus size per­son. The post was very per­sonal and I was very open about my feel­ings and emo­tions. I re­alised that there was so much more to me than just the way I look,” she said.

She was cho­sen to join 29 travel blog­gers from around the world on a two week road trip to Ker­ala in Fe­bru­ary.

She has re­ceived much praise for her life­style blog where she shares her ex­pe­ri­ence in food, travel, re­views and in­spi­ra­tion.

The Spice God­dess, which started in 2011, was in­spired by the book and movie adap­ta­tion Mis­tress of the Spices.

She be­lieves in the #Live2In­spire motto be­cause she wants to “in­spire oth­ers to dream big and pur­sue their dreams”.

Ra­masami was so pas­sion­ate about the words that she had them tat­tooed on her arm.

In the next 10 years she hopes to start blog­ging full-time and have The Spice God­dess brand as a me­dia com­pany.

She in­tends writ­ing a cook­book and adding more stamps to her pass­port through travel.

When she is not blog­ging about her ec­cen­tric life, she loves spend­ing time with her two “furkids” Zara and Chai, whip­ping up a storm in the kitchen, and read­ing. Verushka Ra­masami of Isipingo has been recog­nised for her blog and was re­cently named brand am­bas­sador for the Curvy Girls Chron­i­cle.

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