Amanda Nchukana, a 24-year-old Capetonian has been selected as one of three BIC Soleil Brand Ambassadors. As a member of the BIC Soleil Squad, Amanda will be on a mission to inspire young women to embrace their power to shine, as part of the brand’s Your Shine, Your Way campaign.
The bubbly BIC Soleil Squad member saw the competition as a platform to guide others on the road to self-love, self-acceptance, and living a life of self-empowerment – all concepts she is very familiar with. “I’ve spent the majority of my life seldom seeing women who look like me on TV. The thought of a girl like me, short and plus-size, being part of something that can shape and change perceptions as well as empower and motivate women was overwhelming.”
She continues, “I am slowly learning to come out of my shell and embrace the beautiful person that I have always been. Being part of the BIC Soleil Squad will allow me to inspire young women to live their truth, bask in their own glory, and be their own body goals.”
Amanda says being authentic, loving yourself even on your worst days, and just living in your truth is what defines beauty for her. “It’s about who you are on the inside, how people relate to you, and how you live your life. It’s about who you are as a person on the inside.”
Seeing the positive over the negative
Despite her young age, Nchukana says she’s had many challenges in her life, but sees each of these challenges as a positive instead of a negative. “Whatever I’ve been through in life, I always look at what I’ve learnt from it and whether it made me a better person.”
One of Amanda’s biggest challenges was learning to embrace her curves. She admits it took a long time to get to a place of confidence and happiness with her body. “I feel like loving yourself is a lifelong journey and each day it’s a choice. “I don’t always feel my best when I look in the mirror, but it’s who I am as a person and I’ve grown to love who I am. I tell myself every day that I’m perfect the way I am.”
Self-love is important to Amada, starting with a good skin care routine. “I try not to use products that have a lot of chemicals in them because I have sensitive skin. So, I usually use mud or clay masks. I don’t wear make-up everyday and I drink a lot of water. I try not to use things that will harm my skin in any way and wash my face at least twice a day. “
When asked about her plans for the next year, Amanda admits that 2020 has taught her a lot, and it is these lessons that she will be taking into the next year and beyond. “If 2020 has taught me anything, especially during lockdown, it’s that gaining weight is not the end of the world. Working on myself and becoming a better person should be my number one priority in life. Watching my health and what I eat is important to me, as well as my affirmations. You have to be your number one cheerleader. That’s something that I will carry with me not just into the new year, but forever,” she concludes.