Thickleeyonce Naked Issue 2018
Trailblazing blogger and model Lesego ‘Thickleeyonce’ Legobane is widely celebrated for her candour, individuality and a type of magnetism that has garnered mass online attention in the advent of her career. She’s been a voice for ‘fat gals’ and all advocates of body positivit, and this stereotype-subverter is part of Marie Claire’s 2018 New Naked campaign, created in partnership with American Swiss. Thickleeyonce wrote a letter to her body as part of the campaign, which we share in full below.
A home in which solace was found
I cannot believe there was a time I disliked you and felt uncomfortable with how you looked…I cannot believe how I mistreated you and let society condition me into believing you were not worthy.
I look at you today, covered in stretch marks, fat rolls, cellulite and melanin, and all I feel for you is love. Your imperfections are what make you beautiful and unique. Over the years, I have learned to celebrate the little flaws on you and I’ve reached a point where I don’t even see the marks and scars on you as flaws anymore, they are a part of who I am and I am flawless. Everything is where it is meant to be, God makes no mistakes. You carry me everyday, you are my home, and I promise to always treat you like a palace. Others may not understand why I walk around with you like you’re are covered in diamonds because they expect me to hide you in clothing, they look at you and just see flaws, but they do not understand the unconditional love that I have for you, I will always clap for you and celebrate you. I am so happy that I am no longer at war with you, my acceptance of you has brought me peace and I would not want to have it any other way. You are continuously changing, some days you are smaller, some days you are bigger, all days you are beautiful. I love you.
This year I was a part of Marie Claire’s New Naked #DearBody campaign, and I wrote this letter to my self. #DearBody others may not understand why I walk around like you’re covered in diamonds. They look at you and just see flaws; they do not understand the unconditional love I have for you.I am so happy that I am no longer at war with you; my acceptance of you has brought me peace. @marieclairesa
Read the #DearBody letters of all the Naked 2018 celebrities here.