Kanze Dena was recently the victim of body shaming. This followed her appearance in the media in her capacity as State House spokesperson. Her body change was apparent to all and most Kenyans were taken by shock.
This is because the former media personality has gone from a petite, sexy frame, to a massive rotund one. Kanze Dena then became the recipient of opinion and comments on social media that were callous in the way in which the mentioned her weight gain.
The comments came in like a wave but fortunately for her, before long, she was met by an even stronger tide of supportive messages calling out the naysayers as haters. Most of these voices were older women and mothers who were quick to mention that Kanze Dena had just had a baby.
This exchange on social media got me thinking about how Kenyan society and indeed the world is hilarious in its double standards because it brought images of the parallel to the way Willis Raburu was treated. You see, Kanze Dena was supported whereas Bwana Bazu was mocked savagely.
It was interesting seeing Raburu express how his weight gain had messed with his self-esteem. He actually decided to be vulnerable with the public and let them see him at his lowest mental point but all that got him was the position of being the butt of all jokes.
Kanze Dena reminded me that when it comes to the physique, the world and Kenya are always going to be forgiving and understanding of women who lose that good fight but will always judge men in similar positions negatively.
I for one am one of the people who believe that we should leave everyone to live the life they want and get the results that results in. However, we should not force people to then swallow the lies we tell ourselves about our lifestyles. When push comes to shove, Willis Raburu and Kanze Dena are overweight. That is on them. The lady seems to be happy with the changes her body has undergone. It is her body. Leave her be. Willis Raburu is inconsistent in the gym. Atleast he is aware he is fat and needs to lose weight. Good for him.
Needed to get online to bash them is however unnecessary. But Kenya is ruthless in how it perceives men versus women. Kanze Dena is a plus-size beauty. Willis Raburu is fat. This is a lesson young men need to realize about our society. It judges men ruthlessly.
If you do not want to experience the humiliation Willis Raburu has to deal with when it comes to his weight, hit the gym and improve yourself. because at the end of the day, as I pointed out earlier, Willis Raburu is overweight, Kanze Dena is plus-size -even when we have women like Julie Gichuru and Akothee who show that the female body can be trained back into fitness.
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