Rising superstar calls for body tolerance

Belinda T Mucheuki

Upcoming superstar, Kimberly Makumbe released a new song, “Body” which was premiered on YouTube on 26 August 2022.

The song which was produced by Rodney Beatz and written by Kim herself has great visuals and is a plea against body shaming in women. It also encourages women to be confident and to embrace their physical looks and uniqueness.

“The emergence of social media has brought about perfectionist and unrealistic beauty standards leading to many women and girls perpetuating negative feelings towards their natural looks,” said Kim in her description on the musical video on her YouTube channel.

The young talent shows different body structures and complexions in women saying they are all beautiful and useful in their own ways.

“Thick thighs save lives, long legs leave lies; long hair don’t care, short hair more air have you heard it? Have you heard that sharp curves, straight roads all lead to gold?”

She also discourages men to shun against shaming women highlighting that they should think of how they were born before they can disrespect women’s bodies.

“Just before you disrespect me think about how you came to be. You did not just fall from the sky. There is a woman that made a choice” said Kim in her song.

Kim also clarifies that a woman’s worthy is not measured by her body structure.

“I am a woman and I put me first. Got more to offer than just my body. More to offer just getting started,” sings Kim.

This song which is Kim’s 6th release comes at a time when body shaming has been high especially on social media and a lot of people are raising awareness against it.

Previously, Mike Pasipanodya and currently Zuva Urban Tete have been using their Facebook pages to fight against body shaming by creating posts were thick and thin ladies comment with their pictures to show off their uniqueness and beauty. Mike blocks anyone with negative body structure related comment from his page in an effort to create a safe space for women on social media.

Kim Makumbe comes out with the lyric, “this is my body shaming go to hell song’ to emphasise her standpoint in the issue.

According to the information provided by the songwriter and artist, the song, ‘Body’ is supported by the British Council Cultural Economy programme, which supports cultural organisations, festivals, artists, and creatives between the countries of SSA* and the UK to create art, build networks, collaborate and develop markets and share artists’ work with audiences.

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