Twenty seven year old Congolese plus-size model and entrepreneur Deborah Mutund is making waves in the South African the modeling industry. In 2009 Mutund arrived in Cape Town for the first time whilst on holiday and by 2010 she had moved to the Mother City that had stolen her heart. Once in South Africa, Mutund completed her Public Relations diploma and in 2013 was scouted as what is also known as a curve model; making her one of the first plus size models in South Africa to inadvertently become instrumental in changing body image perceptions across the country.

Mutund openly speaks out about her experiences – both good and bad – as a plus-size model. “You would think that coming from an African country, where curves are revered, that I would be accepted as a model but that’s not the case. People think models can only be waiflike.” In South Africa alone the average woman wears a size 16 but only recently have local as well as international clothing brands understood the need to cater for plus size women. “It goes beyond only creating clothing that suits a larger frame,” explains Mutund. “Footwear and accessories also need to be designed in a particular way to cater for larger calves, ankles, wrists and necks.”

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