“OMG Becky, look at her butt, it is so BIG!”
“Look at that girl with that big ole butt and big ole legs.”
How many of you have heard of those expressions? Do you perceive those statements to be good or bad?
For their March edition, EBONY magazines dedicates a necessary conversation for the “plus size woman” and the negative connotations associated with it. The beautiful, sexy, military-style cover includes plus size celebrity women: Singers Chrisette Michele and Jazmine Sullivan, actress Danielle Brooks and blogger/designer, Gabi Fresh.
Personally speaking, I am what you consider “thick” and I’m proud of it. My body type does not allow me to be skinny. Do I desire to be skinny? No. But I do desire to be thick and healthy. I love my body, I just need to start taking care of it more.
Check out some of the excerpts and facts from the article:
- To be a “brick house” or “thick” has never been a sin in Black America, and not surprisingly, overweight Black women are also reported to be happier with their bodies than White women across the weight scale. The perceived White women’s coveted “skinny” status is not a universal goal for their Black counterparts; some of us who wear size 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 and up actually like ourselves as we are.
- But there is also the issue of health. With nearly 80 million obese adults—and in 2008, more than $145 billion spent on related medical costs—the relationship between weight and deadly health conditions (e.g., type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease) likely loomed large in National Consciousness Raiser-in-Chief Oprah Winfrey’s decision to purchase 10 percent of diet company Weight Watchers last fall.
Read the full article HERE.
Read the full interview and learn what the “The Body Brigade” celebrities think of being a plus-sized woman in the March edition when it hits the newsstands!
This is a juicy question – are you happy with your weight and your health status? Why or why not?