NOBHEKIMPILO Mbovora, affectionately known as Vivica, has opened up on her dressing which sparked a social media frenzy recently after she turned up in Zodwa Wabantu fashion for a lecture at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust).
Vivica said at the same time of seeking attention which she achieved, part of her goal was to fight for women’s rights.
“Women in my hood are raped and abused by men but in the name of umendo (marriage), they’d rather suffer in pain and I’m here to speak out against such abuse.
“More so there are A-level students who cannot afford to go to varsity due to the economy and I’m hoping that one day when I’m famous, I will be able to be of help,” said Vivica.
Statistics have it that in Zimbabwe, about one in three women aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence and about one in four women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
Clearing the air, Vivica revealed that she was a feminist, determined to stand for all women who are deprived of their rights and she was determined to achieve her dream through modelling.
“Men shouldn’t be affected by how we dress, if it was a man half-naked, it wouldn’t be an issue but just because I am a woman, it becomes an issue, it’s high time the society stops treating women as possessions,” said Vivica, who was dressed in a bum short.
Vivica’s pictures and videos which went viral on social media made her a target of verbal abuse as people in her class called her names.
Some of the comments in the class’ WhatsApp group which B-Metro Entertainment is in possession of read: “We should gang bang on her, she really needs to be transformed.” “She should be f****d by uhlanya (mad person).” “She really needs to be infected with STIs and HIV.”
This did not go down well with the young lady who visited the publication’s offices on Tuesday to clear the air on her dressing and the agenda of fighting for women’s rights.
Vivica said many people had adopted western dressing and wondered why some people would want to prescribe what she should wear.
“Zimbabwe is a multicultural society, choice of dressing should be respected,” she added.
Vivica is a first year student at Nust studying Computer Science, ambitious to invent something new as a girl child. She has made a name for herself by being the first student to wear a transparent highly revealing gear.
“Dressing doesn’t define character,” she said.
One on one with Vivica.
Q: What did your parents say about your outfit?
A: My mum is very open and somehow she has no problem with that.
Q: How about your boyfriend?
A: Well, I have never dated, and I’m not interested in that kind of stuff yet.
Q: Have you ever been to a bar?
A: I don’t take alcohol and I’ve never been into a club, my religion doesn’t approve of such, I am a Seventh Day Adventist.
Efforts to get a comment from Vivica’s mother to hear her side of the story were fruitless as she said, “She can’t talk to the media”.