Photographer and plus-size model, Thickleeyonce’s self-esteem issues as a teenager made her bitter and caused her to resent women who didn’t look like her

Thickleeyonce’s self-esteem issues often led to her lashing out on social media and making negative comments about ‘skinny’ women. The model, who has learnt to proudly embrace her body and encourages others to do the same, has often been reminded of those comments.

During an interview on Afternoon Express, Thickleeyonce said the comments came at a time when she was dealing with her own insecurities and that she was sorry for making them.

“I remember there was a tweet that surfaced from 2012 or 2013 where I said something about skinny women that was terrible. But then again, in the same year, to show that I was really in such a bad place and I was going through a lot, I had tweeted something along the lines of, ‘If I was a man, I would only date tall, skinny, light-skinned women,'” she said.

Reflecting on her own challenges, she said she didn’t think she was beautiful and that those insecurities overpowered her

“It was a psychological effect of believing that I was not enough. That I was not beautiful. It created resentment towards women that I looked nothing like. I was 18. I had self-esteem issues that were bigger than me. I hope that I don’t have to keep apologising for the same thing for the rest of my life,” she said.

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Last week Thickleeyonce was body-shamed on social media after a video of her walking the ramp at SA Fashion Week went viral. The negative comments left her feeling shattered.