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Denzel Musumba

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Looks can deceive. In search of sexy women, many Nairobi’s young men have ended up dating women with fake body shapes, thanks to a growing craze for padded innerwear. City women are now going for padded panties and bras than never before to enhance their shapes — attain the elusive ‘figure 8’ — especially their rear end, hips, thighs and breasts. Few years ago, the padded lingerie was common only among the high-end young women population in the leafy suburbs. Today, the trend has quietly taken root in downtown Nairobi, with the outfits now available in most lingerie shops and stalls along Accra Road, Moi Avenue, Tom Mboya and kimathi street Renowned sociologist Ken Ouko describes the trend as signs of a modern society that has become overly sexualised. "Modern man seems to over-glorify sexuality and elevate sex to such premier superiority status that almost everything in modern life oozes sexuality. Women are only responding to an evolved social phenomenon," says Ouko. For as low as Sh500, women are acquiring padded bras or underwear to boost the size of their breasts, buttocks and hips. Just like the usual innerwear, the padded lingerie are worn normally though have thicker pads stitched on to the right places for the desired appeal. City women who want to become sexier part with between Sh1,800 and Sh2,000 to get silicone bra or panty — made from a soft silicone gel that leaves it colourless to match the wearer’s body complexion. The bras consist of two shaped silicone gel filled bra cups that stick to the skin of the breast using built-in re-usable adhesive, then clipped together to pull the breasts together. These can be used as falsies that will not slide around in a bra, and can be used to enhance cleavage on a woman. On the other hand, the panties are stuck on the buttocks and then a specially designed panty is worn to hold them in place without moving or shifting. They can enlarge body parts to between two and three centimetres.