Renowned fashion designer, whose clientele includes Beyoncé, has moved back home in Soweto after being diagnosed with cancer.
Lebogang Quiteria Kekana of Quiteria Atelier was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April.
The designer said that he started feeling tired, lost his appetite, experienced aches and pain in his body, and was always confused.
The 38-year-old Kekana, who was commissioned to design 45 garments for Beyoncé and her dancers for the Global Citizen concert that took place in 2018, had to leave his upmarket penthouse to move back home to Soweto where he is in the care of his mother.
He is struggling to make ends meet.
“I developed skin patches and lost energy, I was fatigued, and my body couldn’t take the stress. I experienced inflammation in different parts of my body,” said Kekana.
“Many people know it as the Kahler’s disease, but multiple myeloma is basically cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Cancerous plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow and crowd the healthy blood cells and produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.”
Since his diagnosis, the international designer has struggled to make ends meet and to pay medical bills.
“It’s come to that, I’m afraid. Friends have assisted in paying some of my medical bills. I’ve managed to sell some of my belongings to keep the store and studio open until I get better.”
“Many people know it as the Kahler’s disease, but multiple myeloma is basically cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Cancerous plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow and crowd the healthy blood cells and produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications,” he was quoted as saying.
The designer who is reportedly undergoing chemotherapy said he was struggling financially as a result of the medical bills. He said his friends chipped in to help and he had to sell some of his personal belongings to help keep his business afloat.
“Friends have assisted in paying some of my medical bills. I’ve managed to sell some of my belongings to keep the store and studio open until I get better,” he revealed.
Quiteria’s designs have been worn by famous names, some as big as Beyoncé when she performed at the Global Citizen in 2018. He designed her final outfit together with his former partner George, and it was a breathtaking green dress.
A few months ago, celebrities such as Lesego Tlhabi , AKA, Coconut Kelz and Lexi Van, accused him of fat-shaming women! Coconut says he called her ‘fatty boom-boom.’
“So today I went to a famous designer who was told my sizes way beforehand because it’s for TV. Does he not then declare very loudly in the store after a failed try-on that he has nothing for me and the uses words like “fatty boom boom” to describe how I’d look in the designs. Yoh.”
“Actually nah. It’s Quiteria and George. What happens from there is above me. It was shit shit shit. If I lose this opportunity, I lose it. I will never ever wear something from there. And it was “Q” himself.”
Former Big Brother contestant, Lexi Van revealed that she also had a similar experience with the fashion designers.
“I’m not surprised Lesego. I was told I’m fat too in 2015 whilst doing a fitting with them. The way Q pulled his face when I tried on a dress was pure disgust. He said my body needed ‘some major work’ cause there isn’t really a dress for me. Sorry babe.”
Tlhabi said she was very emotional because he did it in front of everyone, “I never cry but wow I have not stopped. I’m sad sis. I’m so sorry that happened to you too.”
He had since apologised for that.
This week, the international designer started chemotherapy.