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How Body Shaming Almost Led Switch’s TV’s Joyce Maina To Suicide


Joyce Maina shared a video of her on a vacation at a beach hotel flaunting her curves that have won her many plaudits, particularly men. However, to get to the shape she is now, she narrated that it was far from easy.

Kenyan actress and Switch TV presenter Joyce Maina narrated her body-shaming woes while encouraging women to love their bodies and have confidence in them as it is the only way of beating the vice.

Maina took to her Instagram page on Wednesday, October 20 to share a past Twitter screenshot of three celebrities being body-shamed, including Saweetie and Megan Thee Stallion.

“They body-shamed Coi Leray for being skinny, Megan Thee Stallion for being tall and strong, Saweetie for plastic surgery and Lizzo for having fat. I’m starting to think there’s no right way to occupy a body when you’re a woman,” Twitter user Habibah Perez had narrated at the time.

Maina then shared a video of her on a vacation at a beach hotel flaunting her curves that have won her many plaudits, particularly men. However, to get to the shape she is now, she narrated that it was far from easy.


“There’s no winning. Being a woman is hard enough, and is made harder by your unsolicited opinion. Especially when it comes from other women!! So sad.

“Thank God my self-esteem is in check, I’d never survive this industry if it wasn’t. I’d have probably ended my life, or tried to cause of the number of times I’ve been trolled,” she narrated.

Maina added how she was criticised for being too skinny at one point and having too much cellulite on the other. She called upon parents to teach their daughters how to love themselves in order to survive life as a woman especially in Kenya.

“Anyway, the moral of the story is? Teach your daughters self-confidence and self-love. It’s the only way to get through life as the female species,” she added, inviting her followers to share their body-shaming experiences in the comments.

Kamene Goro, Chebet Ronoh, Betty Kyallo, Lynda Nyangweso, and DJ Pierra Makenna are all but a handful of celebrities who have experienced body-shaming that has taken a toll on their careers. Some of the comments, they noted, have had an effect on their mental health but some have taken steps to overcome the denigrating comments.

The steps include clapping back at the fans responsible and calling them out, expressing their pity for them as they could be going through other issues but choose to vent on their sizes.

It is the same tactic used against fashion critics who in September had a go at viral chips mwitu vendor Bevalyne Kwamboka who at the time of gaining fame, she was under attack from a large section of Twitter users over her dressing. To be specific, some of the photos that went viral showed her wearing her knee-high, green dress which many of them saw as too short for work.

Kwamboka was however ready for them with a fiery response revealing that she is a student who juggles selling chips and doing classes during morning hours.

“Those questioning my dress in my business, get this clear, I got to school in the morning and attend classes and later come to sell chips. Do you want me to go to class with an apron?” she posed.

Her response soon led to a barrage of responses from other Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) who rallied in support of her business, and a section of them paying a visit to her chips vending business. Politicians and media houses also played a big role in sharing her story with the public and on Friday, October 22, she was verified on Twitter.

“I received so many calls. I was like ‘Am I late for my TV interview or did I miss my alarm? The first person called me to tell me I’ve been verified, everyone else woke up and told me I’ve been verified. Thank you so much my Twitter fans, you know what you did, thank you,” she told her fans in an interview with TV47.

She affirmed that with the blue tick she has grown to an official influencer with over 70,000 followers on the platform, with corporates now clear to approach her for marketing campaigns as she conducts her business.

Viral chips mwitu vendor Bevalyne Kwamboka. /TV47





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