That time when Teni the Entertainer gave me her best response to the criticism of her weight on the Loose Talk Podcast:
“Are you quantifying success to people’s weight or being skinny? What you should be concerned about is; am I healthy? Do you understand? And that’s what I’ve been trying to educate Nigerians on.
“Just because someone is fat doesn’t mean you’re not healthy. You might be skinny, [but] are you healthy? Do you understand? Have you checked your blood count. I always say this all the time. When last did you go to the hospital? I get checked like 2/3 times a year, both in Nigeria and America. I have good healthcare, so I’m fine. Worry about yourself, go and get checked. I know some people only just worry about; she’s fat, hope she’s fine? My cholesterol is fine, my heart is fine. Do you understand? And I know it’s from a good place. But also are you checking yourself? Don’t say because you’re skinny, you’re fine, check yourself.
“Being a woman first of all, and then having the audacity to be in a space where you don’t want to be somebody else. You’re gracefully working in your glory and then, people get offended by that. They get offended by it, and I’m just like: I don’t have time because you see this time frame that God has sent me here to be the best, instead of me using it to worry about you, I’m building a legacy so my generations can know that there is somebody in my generation that did something great.”
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