Lamiez Holworthy was so emotional and overwhelmed as the SABC1’s long-running music show Live Amp had it final episode last Friday.
The media personality who worked alongside with DJ Speedsta revealed being a part of the show was a testament that dreams are valid, hard work pays off, and being different is something to have pride in.
She reflected on how she couldn’t have imagined just how much she, through the show, would inspire other young people from townships to fearlessly pursue their passion.
“I have been on LiveAMP for so long because I am different, because I am the change that the world so desperately needed, that SA desperately needed. Little girls need to see a woman who look like them, other women need to see women that are real, women with stretch marks, women with cellulite, women with big thighs and they needed to know that it was OK.
“People needed to know that being different is OK and that is also your power once you accept your flaws, no-one can use them against you.”
Lamiez said walking into the LiveAMP audition room four years ago, she had very low self-esteem but she has since emerged a woman who is comfortable in all of who she is.
“At the auditions, I was legit the only different one. Everyone looked the same, dressed the same, they sounded the same, everyone was also fairly smaller than I was, they were skinnier, they were lighter in complexion … ”
“I remember crying after making it through the first round because it was so overwhelming, the fact that I was steps closer to my dream … and having to remind myself … being the only different one in the room … that was my power,” she said.