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The 3 local influencers leading the way in body positivity

Ever since Ashley Graham came onto the scene, more and more women have taken to social media to celebrate body positivity. Graham has broken many barriers as she has created her own “no thigh gap” Barbie doll, released a book, walked the runway for Michael Kors, and has her own line of lingerie and swimmer for all shapes and sizes.

Here in SA we have a squad of influential women who are championing body positivity on their timelines and feeds. We’ve put together a list of the top 3 local influencers who are pushing for more body positive representations of women in media.

Lesego “Thick Leeyoncé” Legobane 

As her moniker suggests, Lesego “Thick Leeyocné” Legobane is the Beyonce of the body positivity girl group. She has secured campaigns with Woolworths, launched her own line of clothing, and is skilled in the art of shutting down body shaming haters.

Photography: Instagram / @thickleeyonce


Junette Syster 

Signed to Ice Genetics and Ice Models Germany, Junette Syster has done many campaigns, and is not shy to flaunt her curves. In a post on Instagram Junette recently wrote: “Sometimes I wish I had a better metabolism. But someone else probably wishes they could walk into a room & make friends with anyone like I can.”

Junette Syster
Photography: Instagram / @junetteva01


Yoliswa Mqoco 

This plus sexy beauty appeared as one of the faces in last year’s Jet lingerie campaign, and works as stylists, wardrobe consultant, personal shopper and fashion journalist. On her Instagram page Yoliswa wrote: “Fat girls need always remember…that they have a right to exist in their own bodies IN PEACE!”

Yoliswa Body Positivity Influencer
Photography:Instagram / @yoliswa_xo


Click here to see Thickleeyoncé’s epic shutdown!


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