Nollywood Actress, Eniola Badmus, opens up on being a victim of body shaming

by Yinka Akanbi

Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus, has revealed that she was once a victim of fat-shaming and had faced several rejections in Nollywood because of her plus-size.

The actress disclosed this on the latest episode of #WithChude while discussing the challenges she faced as a plus-size woman looking to make her mark in the movie industry, and how she used those challenges as stepping stones to success.

“Some people just look at me and say, ‘we don’t want to use your body size’ but to me, I feel beauty is not by size. But size was a major thing people looked at then before saying, ‘no, we don’t want you,” Badmus said, recalling the auditions in the early days of her career.

She admitted that those periods of rejection were difficult for her, but she was determined to remain undeterred in the pursuit of her dreams.

This determination, she said, came from the loving support of her parents while growing up. According to her, it was the reason for her confidence and tenacity. In her words, “Nothing gets to me.”

The Ọmọ Ghetto actress while commenting on the issue of people being accused on social media for living above their means said: “If they’re living a fake life, they’re living it for a reason, and the reason is so that they can get more jobs. Whether you like it or not, people don’t associate with broke people, so you need to fake it to make it. Fake life is expensive on its own.”

She described her current state of mind as being “very happy”, and said that she was grateful even just for being alive in the midst of a pandemic.

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