OAP Tolu Oniru aka Toolz has opened up on her personal struggles as a plus-size woman.
She made this revelation in a brief write up titled ‘Embracing My Beauty’.
Toolz states that the journey to accepting her body hasn’t really been a smooth one. Growing up, she writes, she wasn’t particularly confident.
“As a plus-size and curvy girl, you tend to feel out of place – my body type wasn’t the hot thing back then. I just didn’t fit in. I became very self-conscious – I thought my hips were too wide… my bum was too big, and I was on the short side,” she revealed.
“My self-consciousness got so bad at one point that I had to cover up all the time. In the middle of summer, I would wear a light coat to cover up my hips, and people thought I was weird. Clothes shopping was a bit of nightmare, not to talk of lingerie shopping,” she states.
“Being in the public eye also had a big impact on my ‘acceptance journey’. I have been bashed and shamed about my body on so many occasions, I can’t even remember. The first few times it happened, I was very hurt, because there was always so much venom behind the attacks”.
However, she reveals, as she got more popular she began getting messages from women who admired her for being one of a few plus size women in the public eye. This experience gave her a voice which she has decided to use in empowering and boosting the confidence of plus-sized women like herself.