Last updated on Jan 27th, 2021 at 08:25 pm
YouTube sensation Mihlali Ndamase is the latest celebrity to speak out against the lack of safety that is afforded to women in South Africa after she explained why she prefers wearing certain outfits in other countries
It has been an emotionally draining week in South Africa, as hearts hung heavy after learning of Precious Ramabulana’s brutal murder.
The 21-year-old was sexually assaulted before her attacker killed her in gruesome fashion and if South Africans had not already had enough (they had), this latest in a string of femicide reports tipped the country on its edge.
Celebrities have not hidden their voices in the latest discussion about South Africa’s gender-based violence crisis and one such figure to speak out was Mihlali. The beauty influencer has had the privilege of travelling across the world and the experiences have opened her eyes up to the fact that other countries simply feel safer than her own home.
She lamented South Africa’s GBV problem when she spoke about how she only reserves certain outfits for her trips abroad; simply because of how uncomfortable she would feel wearing revealing clothes in Mzansi
Mihlali said, “I’m really not comfortable wearing revealing things here. I don’t know why, but when I travel I can wear the shortest shorts, even G-string swimsuits. I’m 10x more comfortable in another country than I am at home. Yikes.”
The post sparked a massive reaction; both from people who related to her and on the opposing side, those who suggested that wearing revealing clothing was the issue. When one particular tweep tried to call her out for her choice, she hit back emphatically by saying:
Does it make sense to be comfortable in your own skin elsewhere but not at home? I’m not the problem here sir, I think we both know who is.
— Mihlali Ndamase (@mihlalii_n) November 27, 2019
Her tweets (even the deleted one) placed the spotlight on many of South Africa’s most pertinent issues and it appears that more and more public figures are willing to put their brands at the heart of the conversation if it means that we find a solution sooner rather than later.
Have you had the privilege of travelling abroad? Do you relate to what Mihlali is talking about in her posts?