4 Myths About Women Body Shapes In Kenya
by Veronique Waithira
Women generally come in different shapes and sizes, but in Kenya most people think they can literally tell a woman‘ s ethnic background just by looking at her. (They are 43 ethnic groups in Kenya). Strange for sure, while the assumptions are mainly right, most of the time they are way off the mark. There are some women who do not fit the stereotype of their ethnic group and these ones have a very hard time convincing people about their ethnicity. I do not have the body shape that my ethnic group apparently has, and you can just imagine how hard it is convincing someone otherwise. The way my body is shaped is not even remotely related to my ethnicity, I know so many people who are in the same boat as me, and here I want to bust myths about women body shapes in Kenya.
Myth: All Kikuyus suffer from Wangechi Syndrome
The Wangechi Syndrome is a phrase used to describe this particular body shape, whereby the back is connected with the behind, generally creating a very flat derriere. The legs also tend to be very thin,referred to as “hockey stick legs” and the front area is.
Kikuyus like all women come in different shapes and sizes… banana, pear, apple and hour-glass. Some of them however suffer from the Wangechi syndrome, but this should not mean that they all have the same body shape.
Myth: All Luhyas have Luhya legs
The term Luhya legs describes the size of the leg which is big and well-shaped. Luhyas are known to have very beautiful thick legs.
Anyone with beautiful thick legs does not automatically qualify to be a Luhya. I know some Luhya friends who are so embarrassed to even wear skirts because they have Kikuyu hockey stick legs.
Myth: All Luos are well endowed behind
It’s commonly accepted that ladies from the lakeside, the Luos are well endowed behind, there is even a popular song “Adhiambo C” which backs up this notion.
A stroll in the streets will prove to you that generally Kenyan ladies are blessed in that department, not only the Luos.However, from an objective point of view, the percentage of Luo ladies who are well endowed behind is so high, I have to give it to them.
Myths: All Kalenjins are thin
Kalenjins are the most popular people in the athletic world in Kenya, they can run and do it well.Due to this they are always assumed to have thin frames due to their athletic prowess.
Most Kalenjins who are thin are mostly in the athletic profession, other than that the rest have generally medium and even heavy sets builds. I remember the first time I say a healthy Kalenjin, took me so much convincing to accept that they can actually grow big…still embarrassed to see I used to put people in a box.
Do you think body shapes are related to ethnicity? Where I came from that seems to be the most acceptable notion, at least by some few majority.
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