Nigerian actor and model, Gbenro Ajibade, recently took to his Instagram account to share a message with women. He encouraged them to embrace their natural body types rather than feel pressured to conform to society’s unrealistic beauty standards.
In his post, Ajibade, who was previously married to curvy actress Osas Ighodaro, wrote;
“LADIES TAKE IT EASY!!! You don’t have to be ‘coke-bottle’ shaped, we like ‘Gatorade’ too!!!”
The actor’s message however has been met with mixed reactions from fans. In particular, women have in response condemned his perspective on body image.
Nevertheless, Ajibade’s message is an important reminder that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Women should be celebrated for their unique features, rather than feel pressured to conform to an unrealistic ideal. The actor’s words echo the sentiments of many body-positive activists who have been working tirelessly to promote self-love and body acceptance.
It’s important to note that Ajibade’s message is not just directed towards women. Men also face societal pressures to conform to unrealistic body standards, albeit to a lesser extent. The actor’s message serves as a reminder that everyone regardless of gender should be allowed to embrace their natural body types without fear of judgment.