Sdudlas take the ramp

Sdudlas take the ramp

Big time: Contestants vye for the Miss Plus-size Soweto title

Fourteen chubby ladies from Soweto will soon be battling it out on a ramp to prove who’s the boldest of them all. They will be marking the first Miss Plus-size Soweto beauty pageant. The oldest is 35 years old teacher, and the youngest is only 18 and still at school.

Doing it for sdudlas: Mmabatho Ranake instill confidence in big mammas

The contestants went through robust auditions and the judges settled for these fourteen. One of the organizers, Mmabatho Ranake, says apart from their body sizes, the judges’ decisions were based on confidence and the impact the participants said would make in their community.
The faceoff categories include swim wear, evening gowns and sportswear. “We want them to be comfortable, so we won’t dictate which type of swimming costume to wear. It’s their choice, “ assures Mmabatho.
She is adamant that the idea is not to promote obesity and unhealthy living: “We want big girls to accept their bodies, be confident and feel good in their bodies.” She too, is plump and has her share of reproval.
“Society makes us feel like there is something wrong with being big, we are clumsy and unhygienic. We aspire to beat that stigma, hence our hastag: #sdudlaseclean. It’s a good thing to manage your weight, but when doing it, do it for yourself and not for anyone else.”
Preparations to host the historic event are underway. Mmabatho is hell-bent that the judges will have a daunting task choosing the 1st Princess. She says the ladies are mentally sharp and inspired to make impact in their community.