Plus-size writer Aarti Olivia Dubey of Curves Become Her recently posted a photo on Istagram where she and 2 other plus-size models were wearing bikinis – shortly after, the image got removed for not following the platform’s guidelines. Here’s the blogger’s response:
“Instagram THIS is the image that was reported by fat shamers and trolls, and YOU deleted it.
HOW is this image being hateful, hurtful, abusive, trolling or obscene? Do 3 fat girls in swimsuits equate to gore, porn, racism, sexism? Or is it that people only want to see slim girls in swimsuits?
IF this image is reported and deleted again, please trust that I WILL pursue this matter just like @rupikaur_ did when her image of lying in a period stain was removed (she is referring to this story).
I am so disappointed and beyond livid right now. No Thanks to you and the people who had the gall to report this image, for making me feel so badly this Monday morning about my existence as a brown fat woman.
My dear friends on social media, if you would like to help, please do so by reposting this image and sharing this post all over social media platforms, as many as you like.”
Take a good look at us three. Do you know what we have in common? The belief that Any Body deserves to look good in what they wear. Be it a swimsuit, a pair of jeans, a dress, lingerie, a crop top.
We have seen and heard the shaming directed towards us. We have also seen plus size role models in the West – be it bloggers, models, magazines or advocates – teach us that the world will judge you no matter what and that does not mean you go into hiding.
While shooting for this, I realised how I hadn’t been around other plus size friends in swimwear and This made me reflect on how important it is to stay visible despite the hate that might come your way. Because while ppl might shame you, there will be people who look upon you with respect for Who You Are.
Follow more body positive people online. Screen who follows you and who you choose to be inspired by or you can relate to. Surround yourself with that and you will see that: 1) you’re definitely not alone in this and 2) you are not supposed to be at war with yourself all the time.
And if few celebrate your personal triumphs, it is okay to feel sad but remember that That is not something you have control of. Take charge of what you Can control – your sense of self, your self respect and willingness to view the world with different perspectives.”
Hollywood film legend Faye Dunaway arrived at amfAR’s star-studded gala in Cannes, France, with the most unusual accessory — a scale to weigh her food and calculate her calories. Famously feisty Dunaway appeared at a table at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc with film producer Tova Laiter, and a bulging paper bag. Then, a spy said, “She sat at her dinner table and pulled out the scale from a paper bag.”
The stick-thin screen siren then proceeded to weigh all her food — including her leafy salad. The “Chinatown” actress, 75, “asked for a very bland meal,” a spy at the event said, “which she then proceeded to weigh. She weighed all of her food, including her salad and fish, before eating. We’ve seen a lot of stars make strange requests, but this was a sight.”
This is a first: Plus-size model Ashley Graham (29) plays Joe Jonas’ love interest in the new DNCE video ‘Toothbrush’. Check the steamy video below!
On how she got the job:
The DNCE team reached out to me and said that Joe personally selected me for the video and didn’t have anyone else in mind for the role. How could I say no to that?!
On playing the love interest as a plus-sized girl:
I work so hard to challenge conventional beauty standards. So often we see the typical “video girl,” who’s definitely not a size 14/16. It doesn’t accurately portray what our world looks like, especially because the average size woman is a size 14. It’s really important that all industries celebrate diversity, especially diverse body types.
Plus-size clothing brand EVANS came up with a new campaign and commercial with the slogan #IamMe – here’s more about their concept:
Stay true to yourself. Be the best you can be. Don’t back down. Allow yourself to be inspired, then get out there and do it for yourself. There are no rules, there are no limits. Rock that red lip. Wear that dress. Be beautiful, be powerful, don’t apologize. Go for your dreams – and look damn good while you do it.
The commercial features, among others, famous plus-size bloggers Nadia Aboulhosn and Callie Thorpe, as well as actress / model Hayley Hasselhoff and ultra marathon runner Mirna Valerio (Fat Girl Running). Here are a few words from the models:
The backstory: A few weeks ago, Kim Kardashian decided to post a nude selfie on Instagram, a move which was highly criticised by many, including celebs. Among them: 19 year-old Chloe Moretz, who said:
“I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than just our bodies.”
To which Kim replied:
“let’s all welcome @ChloeGMoretz to twitter, since no one knows who she is. …”
Chloe further detailed her message in an interview with Glamour Magazine. On why she chose to speak up against Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie:
That picture wasn’t linked to body confidence. It wasn’t a #BodyConfidence or #LoveWhoYouAre. It was done in a slightly voyeuristic light, which I felt was a little inappropriate for young women to see… I would hate for young women to feel they need to post certain photos in order to gain likes, retweets, favorites, and male attention… I wasn’t slut-shaming. It’s not about body shaming.