I woke up this morning and logged onto Facebook, I saw a promotional picture of the Singer Dambisa Lunda on the cover of an online magazine. Pregnant belly exposed and breasts covered and I thought “awww cute” then I logged out and carried on with my day. Let me preface the post by saying that I will not be posting the photo you can head over to www.ezmmagazine.com to see it.
As it turns out my nonchalant attitude about a beautiful pregnant woman on the front of a Zambian magazine was the opposite of most people’s. The conservatives and judgmental Judy’s of Zambia quickly took to Twitter and Facebook to shame the poor woman. There were many disrespectful things said about her and the photo which i shall not repeat. Instead I want to share a few positive tweets and discuss why it is that people felt uncomfortable with the photo.
A few of the tweets I agreed with were:
“Once again Zambia is the only place in the world where ‘culture’ is static and not dynamic. Re: dambisa mag cover”
“I see nothing wrong with Dambisa‘s pose.”
The things Zambians are so concerned about, leave Dambisa alone! She was comfortable with her shoot, so what now?! Drama for nothing!
A friend of mine also posted a Facebook status that read: “Loving the comments on various pages over the Dambisa pics….Many are supportive n some call it sinful n unafrican….Always funny how Zambians like the whole “this is not african stance”….My thoughts, we stopped living “african” when we got colonised….Nothing we do is “african” anymore.”
This made me have an AHA moment of sorts, first of all I do think the backlash is just the deeply religious fanatics and the extreme conservatives and general “haters” reacting. Most of us are more evolved and know that a semi nude pregnant belly photo is nothing to lose your shit over.
What struck me with the status was the “we stopped living African” part, which is so true! Think about it, women would expose their breasts and that was tradition. That was our culture, not all this covered up head to toe nonsense. As colonized Africans we have lost part of our identity and we don’t truly know what it is to be African. It is seen in the way we dress, the music we listen to and the way we speak. Across the board we are Westernized and the irony here is that in the West, Kim Kardashian can pose and expose her pregnant belly and we don’t bat an eye. The second one of our own does the same we want to bully her into submission, its nothing you haven’t seen on your DSTV or in your Elle Magazine!
I for one, am all for women expressing their beauty in whatever manner they see fit; even if it means being naked. How is it that we still have people in our society who are so backwards ? The same people judging her will wave the “Christian Nation” flag meanwhile they are having premarital sex and doing worse. The human body and the naked one at that is not something to be ashamed of especially when done tastefully, I suggest you get off your high horses and leave Dambisa alone. The photo is tasteful, natural and beautiful and nothing to get heated up over.