“Fat.” A word, an idea, an example that we fear. Well, most of society that is. Somewhere out there, is a community of women that could care less what you think! Call it “disgusting,” “unhealthy,” “promoting obesity,” call it what you want. These ladies are ready to tell the world that, “Not all fat girls want to be skinny! Can you handle it? Does that just blow your mind!?”
They are the ladies of the TLC show “Big Sexy.” A television show that follows four larger than life, and larger than industry women through their daily endeavors. Exposing real accounts of “fat” girls in New York City’s life of fashion. The camera rolls through even their most vulnerable moments. Capturing real hardships from real women in an industry built on image.
What is it about being fat that frightens us so much? I’ve posted before with images and stories of plus-size women that really work it! Beth Ditto, Tess Munster, etc. This fueled quite the debate over how fat is too fat…? I got thinking about it, and realized how many other “problems” there are within our society. How so much of our living is based on the ideas of more, more, more…and bigger is better. Well, that is, as long as it isn’t your body.
How hypocritical! Our children are demolishing brain cells with excessive gaming, we are tapping the Earth dry, and our country is basically one big Wal-Mart. (ew!) Yet, a fat girl can’t be herself, because “it promotes an unhealthy message”…?
As a lady friend recently put it, “it’s not like we’re slappin’ up images of fat people scarfin’ down Mcdonald’s french fries. It’s about acceptance.” It is. It’s about realizing that we have personal freedom in this land. We actually have the choice to be who we wanna be, and look how we see fit. Now we just have to teach each other that is okay. Be skinny, be fat, be everything in between, whatever. Most importantly… be happy! With yourself, and with other’s choices. Especially when they don’t affect you.
These plus-size beauties say it, I think they are just trying to get one point across. “I’m me! Accept it!”
Some aren’t swallowing this idea as easily as others.
The article I recently read in Jezebel doesn’t quite agree with the message that the plus-size cast of Big Sexy is sending. Especially criticizing Plus Size Steals’ favorite Tiffany Bank’s tagline, “once you go big, you never go twig!”. Now.. TLC has teased us, just 3 episodes, with this awesome new show “Big Sexy”, will we get more? Or will the message be muted.. (Contact @TLC on twitter and let them know how you feel).
So tell me, in a world rolling in so many atrocities, what is it about “fatties” that really creeps under people’s skin?