By Briggette Katiyo
While a new culture that celebrates women with hips has hit the country, the slim and not so good ones have been forced to seek alternatives in pampers, a study has revealed.
Eager to keep in touch with modern trends and follow international celebrities like Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and many others, young women in Zimbabwe have devised their own means to imitate their icons.
Walking along the streets of Harare confirms this new wave of make shift curves as women jostle to keep in touch with modern trends. Countless stories of young ladies being spotted wearing pampers to enlarge hips are awash in the streets of Harare.
Some go as far as wearing two to three shorts inside to create a visible hip line not mentioning skin lightening creams and pills that have been around for some time now. A cross section of people in Harare expressed mixed feelings over this new wave of enhanced beauty that has gripped Harare.
Ephraim Mambare, a vendor in the streets of Harare attacked this new culture of enhancing beauty saying it was a sign of desperation. “It’s very strange because they were created like that but they go on to fight with God, We don’t know who they seek to impress
“We see them walking in the streets covering only the essentials, this could be associated with increasing cases of rape and sexual harassment at workplaces,” Mambare said.
Kudzai Kambarami lamented this emerging trend blaming it on elders for closing their eyes to this menace. “Is it that I’m stuck in the wrong generation, or is it that our elders are being uncomfortable with this contemporary society,” laments Kudzai Kambarami.
Kambarami added that it could be signs of end times as the situation is getting worse as each day passes. A social commentator, Gladman Madara said the family had lost its role in the society, which is to socialize children into what they are supposed to be when they become independent.
“We have known the family as the first point where a child is taught societal values and culture. These new behaviours we see in the streets are reminiscent of the divergence of the family role on children,” Madara said.
“Young people are a problem and do things that our elders never did, that is why we no longer have rains in this country, our ancestors are angry, surely this is the end of the world,” stated Wellington Kaitano, with agony and pain in his eyes.
A beautician Gamuchirai Gurure of Morden Style beauty parlour said some of the skin lightning creams women were using had adverse effects on their skin.
“Those women who use skin lightening creams are at risk of developing skin cancer. Some use pills which they are purchasing from unregistered dealers which on its own is dangerous,” said Gurure.
As fashion trends keep changing daily due to globalisation, questions continue to be asked whether the family and society still has the power to guide and nurture children into responsible and respectable members of society.