Plus-size model roasts jerk who tried to make a meme out of her

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Even with the body positivity movement smoking out fat-shamers in 2017, people are still quick to make harmful assumptions about plus-size women, particularly when it comes to relationships. Being attracted to a woman bigger than a size 6 still gets treated as an exception, an act either worthy of praise or a secret shame.

On Tuesday, Lesego Legobane, a plus-size model, blogger, and body positive activist from South Africa, went viral after shutting down this ignorance in the form of a sexist, fat-shaming meme that used her Twitter profile picture as a punchline.

The meme, shared from the semi-popular South African Twitter account of someone by the name of Leyton Mokgerepi, put Legobane’s photo from a beach photo shoot side by side with a photo of another South African model, Joëlle Kayembe, in a swimsuit. The photos are captioned, “Girls that I like vs. girls that like me,” presumably a “joke” that he’s attracted to thin women like Kayembe, but attracts women he doesn’t find attractive.

It’s an amazingly shitty joke and an even more degrading meme, implying a woman’s worth or attraction is purely physical, and that being fat is unattractive.

Judging by the nearly 1,500 responses Mokgerepi received on the tweet, it would appear many people disagreed with him, but it was Legobane’s response that took the cake. The guy needed to “know his place,” Legoband told BuzzFeed News. So with her message, she sent him and his shitty meme to the grave:

“I don’t like you.”

It was the return shot heard ’round the Twittersphere, with Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and Ava DuVernay all liking her response. And even after getting roasted to hell and back, Mokgerepi tried to redeem himself with a “girlfriend goals” post that didn’t go well, either.

https://twitter.com/imleyton/status/910221350559780869

Kayembe, the other model, was none too pleased with the fat-shaming meme, either.

https://twitter.com/j4joelle/status/910321050692485122

Legobane told BuzzFeed news that she’s received messages of overwhelming love and support, even from women who said her own positivity has helped them love their own bodies. As for the shameless Twitter meme, she hopes her tweet stops his messaging loud and clear.

“I hate it when men think that fat girls are desperate and that we like every other guy ’cause ‘we don’t have options,'” she said. “It’s utter nonsense. I can be fat and still be out of your league.”

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.