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Lesego ‘Thick Leeyonce’ Legobane talks natural hair and self-acceptance

15 September 2015 1:20 PM
Lesego ‘Thick Leeyonce’ Legobane tells Cape Talk's Martin Evans that black hair is a personal choice, but also a political statement.

Social media star and celebrity photographer Lesego Legobane, better known as ‘Thick Leeyonce’, has decided to show off her natural afro.

After years of wearing weaves and using relaxers, the unapologetic blogger says her decision is not necessarily a pledge of allegiance to the natural hair movement.

Instead, she explains to CapeTalk host Martin Evans that her choice is more about her journey of self-acceptance.

Listen to the full conversation from Overnight Live with Martin Evans:

Cutting my hair was me embracing my black beautiful hair. This is my personal journey that I've shared with everyone on social media. I'm showing them that I've come to this point and still feel beautiful. I've never been bare like this.

Lesego ‘Thick Leeyonce’ Legobane, social media star

Thick Leeyonce, who rose to prominence for her stance on body politics, says she hid her own hair for the longest time because she never found it to be attractive.

She has now removed her weave, cut off her relaxed her and dons a short brown afro.

(Also read: Hair politics: To weave or not to weave?)

Black women's hair is a personal choice and each to their own. Some of us use hair as a political statement, but black women should be allowed to decide for themselves. Don't let anyone dictate anything to you.

Lesego ‘Thick Leeyonce’ Legobane, social media star

The young photographer, who has a combined following of over 85 000 followers on Twitter and Instagram, shared her views on legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela's recent weave controversy.

Thick Leeyonce said Masekela's attitude is nothing but chauvinism disguised as preference.

This article first appeared on 702 : Lesego ‘Thick Leeyonce’ Legobane talks natural hair and self-acceptance

15 September 2015 1:20 PM