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Former Miss SA, Liesl Laurie-Mthombeni takes a stand against toxic culture

Former Miss South Africa, Liesl Laurie-Mthombeni, took to her Instagram platform to address the ongoing speculation and intrusion that pervades social media, particularly concerning women's bodies.

In response to baseless rumours about her pregnancy, she condemned those who continuously comment on such a deeply personal matter. Through a powerful video message, Liesl asserted her right to privacy over her own body, urging social media users to refrain from meddling in her reproductive decisions.

"Leave my womb alone. Leave other women’s wombs alone," she asserted passionately. Directing her message especially towards men, she challenged them to understand the sensitivity of the issue, emphasizing the uniqueness of the female experience in childbirth.

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Adding insult to injury, Liesl expressed disappointment at the involvement of fellow women in perpetuating the speculation. Despite expecting empathy and solidarity, she found herself confronted with comments that seemed more driven by a desire for attention than genuine concern. "If you are a woman who keeps commenting rubbish on my post saying 'she’s pregnant, she’s this, she’s that,' whether I am or not (and just to be clear, I am not), I feel like you guys want to be seen," she lamented.

Her message serves as a reminder of the importance of respecting boundaries and refraining from unwelcome commentary on matters as personal as pregnancy.

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