Fat and Proud – Reclaiming the Word Fat

Today is an epic day for the body positivity movement and plus size fashion industry in Canada. It is with great pride (as a proud plus size woman and industry entrepreneur), that I share the news that Karen Ward, a pioneer in this industry as a blogger and boutique owner, along with other trailblazers made the cover of Toronto Metro News.

To reclaim the word fat, Karen says “we need to strip it of its ability to hurt, shed the negative connotations it has accrued, and use it to label ourselves.” As the wife of a Jamaican born and raised man, the word fat has never held these connotations for my husband. Instead, it implies an attractive, healthy, rounded and appealing woman. It is quite refreshing to see an entire culture, and most of the Caribbean, celebrating beauty diversity in this way and with features like today’s article in Toronto Metro News, we may slowly but surely achieve our goal so eloquently described by Karen above.

While there are many models, bloggers and beauty diversity advocates and institutions making headway in Toronto and worldwide, I am so thrilled that this feature included (from left to right) Sarah Taylor, Laura Caravaggio, Karen Ward, Ophilia Alleyne and Thera Warren.

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Photo by Liz Beddall for Metro News


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Why are Plus Size Celebrities Always Cast as the Token Fat Girl?

Ok, I’m all for the rising popularity of plus size celebrities, like 1000%, but am I the only one who’s offended that they are almost always cast, and ridiculed, as the messy, ill-clothed, hungry for cake, uneducated token fat girl?

Can’t they just be a girl in a movie?

Or maybe a successful entrepreneur? Or a seductive lover? And why is no one else speaking out about this? Am I the only one who feels this way?

Let’s look at who’s currently in the headlines, and their roles.

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Rebel Wilson – very funny role in Pitch Perfect, and funny girl in real life, and also cast in Pitch Perfect 2 (set to be released May 15 by Universal Pictures UK). In the first movie, Pitch Perfect, is seems like almost every single line she speaks, and almost every single joke around her in the movie is based on her weight. I can understand that laughing at oneself is healthy to a certain extent, we must after all, not take ourselves too seriously, but that’s not the case here. Everyone is laughing at her. Because of her weight.

In Pitch Perfect 2, the trailer actually starts off with her coming in as a wrecking ball, which malfunctions, of course, because of her weight. And everyone screams in horror as she starts to swing towards the audience in the suspended pendulum, apparently without underwear. As if seeing plus size private parts is utterly disgusting. The team is then suspended from the finales because of this horrendous “birthday gift from down under”.

How is this not offensive people???

Her social media image, on the other hand, and how some publications have elevated her, like ElleUK.com in their #bemorerebel campaign, is refreshing and positive.

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Melissa McCarthy – Beautiful Melissa. From Mike & Molly, Tammy to Bridesmaids to Identity Thief and The Heat, they all supply an endless amount of body shaming and fat jokes. The clip of her new movie Spy ends with her being unable to ride a motorcycle because of, you guessed it, her weight.

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So, when can a fat woman play a role in a block buster film similar to the role Camryn Manheim played as an intelligent, professional, polished attorney and normal, loving woman as Ellenor Frutton on ABC‘s The Practice?

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Sigh. Someday.

Thanks for reading loves, and please comment. Let’s talk about this.

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