I am fully, fully aware that @theashleygraham's representation of plus size women's bodies is just a drop in the bucket - white, hourglass, flatter tummy- but these pictures have me in actual tears.
Do you know what it would have been like to grow up and see a body that looked like mine in magazines and on TV?
That booty right there? That is MY booty👏🏼 It has never been fully round or undimpled and goddamn it's taken me so long to embrace that but here it is, right here, represented on this gorgeous woman, making waves in the world.
Those are my thighs, my hips, my bum, my cellulite, my arms. This is a body that looks like mine, a woman that looks like me, on the front covers of magazines and strolling down runways knowing damn well that we ALWAYS belonged there.
What would have changed for me if this is what I saw when I was in middle school?
Would I have spent a little less time picking apart my body - the fat around my knees, the dimples on my thighs, the size of my hips and the way they squeezed into chairs, the way my upper arms moved when I ran and danced?
What will change for the little girls who see a body like theirs being represented by this woman and the many others stepping into the spotlight? How much will their lives be impacted by something as simple as cellulite on a TV screen?
THIS is why representation matters 💥
Now let's get representation for trans women, black women, disabled women, women whose bodies aren't built like an hourglass. Let's keep making waves so that our daughters don't have to fight quite so damn hard to see themselves in the women on their billboards, in their magazines, on their TV shows. .
Side note: DO NOT start with some shit about "there goes a real woman" or that "curves in the right places" nonsense.
ALL WOMEN ARE REAL WOMEN.
THERE IS NO WRONG OR RIGHT PLACE TO HAVE CURVES.
#CantSpellCelluliteWithoutULit #HonorMyCurves#EmbraceTheSquish #MakeWaves