*this post is a follow-up to the previous post, so if you’d like to understand the context of this post, read that post HERE*
The only way I felt I could move forward from this incident was to celebrate myself in the swimsuit worn for the article’s photoshoot. I kicked my sad butt out of the house, enjoyed taking these photos, as you can see for yourself
I cannot even begin to describe how vibrant and gorgeous this bikini is! It was love at first sight. The colours and prints are something out of a high fashion lookbook, Gabi has outdone herself this year.
While posing for the swimsuit was a delight, I certainly wanted to have a little more fun with this shoot.
So this is the kind of body that generates animosity. A body with cellulite, thick thighs, a large derriere and not-so-perfectly stacked breasts; because even when one appreciates a fuller figured woman she ‘should’ be rid of blemishes, physical imperfections and must adhere to what the male gaze considers attractive. A plus sized woman ‘should not’ show her cellulite or love handles, she should not display her flabby flappy arms, she should not show her double chin and if she is to be shown appreciation, the least she could be is pretty. Sorry not Sorry for the disappointment people.
Do not show your approval to a body like mine, say men and women, for this is a slothful gluttonous sight. Do not regard my body as one to be respected, fashionable, let alone beautiful.
Do not be happy as a plus sized person. How dare you mock my hours of gym workouts, running, diets and stand there in that grotesque form expecting to be applauded for celebrating your size? How dare you exist?
To which I reply – You know nothing about me or my friends to place yourself on a position of superiority and judge us. You have no inkling of what our life stories are. You do not deserve my consideration.
I AM A FAT BROWN WOMAN WHO KNOWS WHAT SHE IS.
I AM A PLUS SIZED BLOGGER WHO IS UNASHAMED OF MY BODY.
I AM A FULLER FIGURED WOMAN WHO WILL NEVER STOP ADVOCATING THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF ACCEPTANCE, DIVERSITY AND INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM.
I AM A WRITER WHO WILL SPEAK TRUTHS.
I AM A PERSON WHO UNDERSTANDS THE VALUE OF COMPASSION, HUMANITY AND SOLIDARITY.
I AM A BEING WHO SEEKS SOLACE, PEACE AND LOVE.
I AM A NURTURER, A WARRIOR AND A WISDOM SEEKER.
I AM UNDEFEATED. I AM A CHAMPION.
On to some lighter stuff! Here are Little Details from the swimsuit
The lesson here my dear friends, is that in a world where bodies like mine are still regarded with blind hate and faux-concern..there is only one way to get through the muck. And that is to rise above it, create ripples of change and move forward.
Chat Soon my loves xx