Renowned actress Lerato Mvelase bagged the “Best Actress in a TV Drama” award at the 17th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) on Saturday, 30 September.
However, that is not entirely why she has topped the trends list on X (formerly Twitter). The actress, who is also a presenter and sangoma, has divided the social media streets with her daring look.
Whilst some appreciated her beautiful body, others critiqued her for exposing “a little too much”. The comments on her outfit ranged from admiration to disappointment.
One user on X stated, “Lerato is too old for such an outfit Haibo Gogo.” Another user questioned, “Lerato is a mother to a 16-year-old, but still wearing that nonsense dress?”
However, not all comments were negative. Some users praised Lerato’s confidence and style. One user commented, “Love everything about this but the shoes! Everything else is amazing… body, hair, skin, outfit, kids… konke man.”
Actress and presenter Pearl Modiadie was stunned by Lerato’s body, saying, “Lerato Mvelase’s body!!”
Meanwhile, there were those who expressed disappointment with the recent trend of revealing outfits on the red carpet. One X user wrote, “I’m so disappointed in her outside 😞! I honestly don’t like how these women have been dressing on the red carpet lately. Why be naked? I believe that the concept of the red carpet is to exude glamour and sophistication, this outfit does not reflect that.”
Lerato Mvelase is too old for such an outfit Haibo Gogo 🧓🧓🙄🙄
— 🇿🇦Biggest Flex ~ Im Xhosa (@BigFlex30) October 1, 2023
Daughters clothed, Mom half naked in public😳 but ke what do I know😅…
— 🇿🇦 ENOCKAY PICTURES 💻 🎬 📡🇿🇦 (@enovaloyi) October 1, 2023
Not Lerato revealing her thighs. She is a decent woman
— Peter (@MakwelaTlou) September 30, 2023
Yoh ! I was so disappointed bathong 🤦🏽♀️ the hair was also not giving
— Peshun Hlatshwayo 💚 (@PeshunH) September 30, 2023
They was I love hee but So disappointed ☹️ with that outfit… no man ☹️
— Mfundi (@Mfundi482) September 30, 2023
Aw your body 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥I said your body * in Mampintsha’s voice* congratulations on your Award bbe 🤍
— Yolokazi (@Yolokazi_chagi) October 1, 2023
If Kelly Khumalo a mother of 3 always performs wearing an underwear on stage,showing her thighs in streets We South Africans see no problem with it,But Lerato Mvelase is an embrassment if she dressed like this cos she has children,Leave her alone Hands Off Lerato #SAFTAs pic.twitter.com/eMXI0nGO2J
— IG:Joy-Zelda (@joy_zelda) September 30, 2023
It is clear that Lerato Mvelase’s daring look has sparked a heated debate among social media users. While some appreciate her confidence and style, others criticize her for being too revealing. Ultimately, fashion is subjective and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.