South African stylist, fashion enthusiast, personal shopper, plus size model, and digital entrepreneur Yoliswa Mqoco is among the famous people in her country. Born to a no-nonsense former pageant queen, the award-winning former advertising whizz was taught by her mum how to fortify her spirit with adornment. She attributed most of her success to come from her mother, as she guided most of her steps to success.
Yoliswa Mqoco has two sisters Thobeka (Digital Creator) and Nandipha, together they call themselves The Queens of Wilson after their late grandfather Wilson Mqoco. Her sisters have also helped to grow her brand. She’s based in Cape Town, South Africa but her parents are from Tsakane – a township in East Rand. The chubby beauty has something to say about her childhood;
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“For the longest time, growing up, I was like I wish I had long hair like the white girls. I wish I looked a bit different. I wish I wasn’t fat. I wish I wasn’t this. I wish I was lighter skinned,” “I was definitely starting to live freely as a queer person when I came out at like 14. I used to call out teachers for, you know, being racist, or homophobic. I mean, I was the only queer person in my entire high school. So by 15, I’m adopting a whole new lifestyle and new friends. I feel like I’m born again. I was just all over the country in different queer circles, living it up,” “It’s hard being a dark-skinned woman. It’s hard being a fat woman. And of course, it’s hard being a Black woman and then, of course, being a gay woman. So I have to deal with all of those things and sometimes all at the same time, and it gets really hard sometimes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”