Khanyi Mbau Naked 2018: her must-read #DearBody letter in full

In an interview with Times Live last year about her latest cosmetic surgery costs of R95 000, charismatic and glamorous TV personality Khanyi Mbau boldly said that her body is an investment. ‘I always say that the body is something that you use for everything. So why not reward yourself for that?’, she questioned, further adding that ‘instead of buying expensive shoes, [she’d] much rather spend that money on [her] body because that is [her] greatest accessory.’

In the face of much criticism about going under the knife and lightening her skin, the self-proclaimed ‘dream seller’ has remained unperturbed and manages to stay focused on being true to what she stands for. This is why the letter Khanyi wrote for Marie Claire‘s 2018 New Naked campaign is a true reflection of the metanoia she is so proudly embracing at this point her life.

Here’s what she had to say to her beautiful shape-shifting canvas:

Dear body of Khanyi Mbau,

I haven’t been the easiest to house – especially my spirit – because I have a slightly artistic idea to life. I’ve cut you, stitched you, changed you a few times, but you’ve remained loyal. You’ve been there every morning when I opened my eyes; you carry me to the shower and to work.

When I cry, I sometimes hate you and feel like dying. I’ve threatened and offended you many times. But you’ve constantly been there.

I’m happy that you’ve helped me jump up and throw my fists in the air in celebration.
There were times I have put you in painful shoes, because I wanted to look great; I’m sorry for hurting you. I’ve put you in summery clothes in winter and let you freeze, because it’s a part of my job, and yet you’ve still been there. Thank you so much for choosing to house my spirit and for being loyal.

I’ve changed your colour. But you still allow me to look beautiful and explore even more. Here’s to another 90 years.
You may wrinkle, have a few stretch marks that I complain about, and maybe even a bit of cellulite here and there. I’ve poked you with so many needles to try and get rid of it. And you’ve felt the pain. But you still stood up and came back to me.
So Body, this is my letter to you. Thank you so much. Let’s walk this mile and make these memories, and let’s be iconic together.

I love you,

Khanyi