YouTuber and media sensation Maureen Waititu has spoken up about her racy lingerie and bikini photos that caused ripples on Instagram.
The ‘Rembo’ TV presenter posted the pictures just weeks after separating with baby daddy Frankie JustGymIt. This led to speculation that she was flaunting her “revenge body” to make Frankie feel some typa way.
But in an interview with Parents Magazine, the mother of two explained that she had planned the body positivity photoshoot months before their separation. And because she is not one to wallow in self-pity, Waititu went ahead with the shoot even as she struggled with her self-esteem.
“I had planned that shoot months prior to the separation and I could not back out because that meant I was allowing myself to wallow in self-pity. The goal was to remind people not to be too hard on themselves because everyone’s body is different. For people dealing with weight, sometimes the reason is that you had babies, which is a beautiful thing, sometimes it’s because of sickness and medication and it could also be genes. It was also a personal reminder because my self-esteem is not where it used to be,” Maureen said.
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#bodypositivity❤❤ (I HOPE MY CAPTION WILL BE MORE VISIBLE THAN THE PICTURE) SO Please read and let's talk body shaming. I have had a good share of it even as recently as a few weeks ago. This picture is me bearing myself open as the backside of my body is the one I've always been most insecure about. I never felt like my curves were right or proportional or if my 🍑 was perky enough. But when I realize what my body has gone through especially giving life to two little boys, I have no choice but to celebrate myself more Every woman has been subjected to a level of torment as far as her changing body is concerned. Ask any woman who hasn't given birth what they fear the most and they'll tell you without blinking that it's the expected changes in their bodies after birth. When @mycurveskenya and I did this body positivity campaign, the idea was to have every woman at whatever stage their bodies are to just take a breather and appreciate every fold, curve, stripe and mark then embrace and celebrate themselves because self love is all where it begins! Love every bit because you're beautiful just the way you are! Lingerie @mycurveskenya Styling @emsquared.ke Photography @rich_allela Assistant photographer @deranged_unicorn MUA @make_upbyrose
She also spoke about the failed relationship saying it ended long before the public knew.
“It is to be expected because we put our lives out there and our online ‘in-laws’ who were also invested in the relationship were and are still curious to know what happened. I’m still dealing with it. It takes time to come to terms with a breakup because of the physical and emotional toll… it feels almost like grief because I feel like I’ve lost someone who ideally I wanted to grow old with. It took me to a really dark place and it’s definitely not the way I envisioned things,” she said.
Check out more photos of Waititu’s body positivity campaign below.