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Zodwa Wabantu calls out apparent double standards in society

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South African entertainer Zodwa Wabantu posted a picture of Serena Williams’ Harper Bazaar gold cover, hinting at the double standard regarding her Vodacom Durban July outfit.

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Zodwa Wabantu shared the picture of Serena Williams’ Harper’s Bazaar cover copy on Wednesday, 10 July 2019, via her Instagram page and captioned it “We respect her, not this Zodwa Wabantu”, insinuating that there exists a double standard in the way different women’s bodies are read. Serena’s outfit seems to have received more admiration as opposed to Zodwa’s ‘controversial’ Vodacom Durban July (VDJ) outfit.

Zodwa Wabantu caused a stir on social media following posts of her Durban July outfit. Her dress, which only covered her lady parts, did not receive everyone’s favour. Twitter saw Zodwa Wabantu trend on Saturday, 6 July 2019, as some felt that her VDJ outfit was too revealing and highly inappropriate. Some posts shared on Twitter even went on to the extent of labelling her as ‘disgusting’.

The outfit was similar to Rihanna’s CFDA awards outfit in 2014. Zodwa shared the picture of Rihanna’s outfit on her Instagram and captioned it, “She is beautiful, not this demon Zodwa”. In the post, Zodwa refers to Rihanna being viewed as beautiful in spite of the outfit being revealing,  yet she is demonised when she opts for a similar look.

In a later post on Instagram, Zodwa can be seen in the same outfit, further asserting that she will not conform to societal standards of approval as they seem inconsistent. “Glittering Demon Zodwa Wabantu. At least I look like my father Satan in the eyes”, Zodwa captioned the picture.


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Glittering Demon👿 Zodwa Wabantu. At least I look at my Father Satan in the Eyes👀

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We respect her👸 Not this Zodwa Wabantu 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🖕

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She is Beautiful Not this Demon😈Zodwa Wabantu 😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Dineo Maboke
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