Things You Should Know and Other Stuff, Too
I've read some really good articles this week and thought I'd share with you those really resonated with me. As always, I want to hear your thoughts! Catching Up With Gloria Lucas and Nalgona Positivity Pride By NATALIE MISCOLTA-CAMERON
Nalgona Positivity Pride is a community-based effort to increase body positivity in the Xicana/Brown*/Indigenous community. Started in Los Angeles in 2014 by Gloria Lucas, the organization relies on community outreach, support groups, social media, and even an Etsy store to spread its message.
I recently sat down with Gloria for a Q&A to find out more about NPP and the person behind it.
You’re personally recovering from an eating disorder. Can you talk a little bit about this?
I recall secretly hiding food, sneaking to the kitchen in the middle of the night and overeating as young as 11 years old. I started inducing purging in my late teens.
It took me some time to find out why I had an eating disorder (ED). Most of the current information that explains the causes of eating disorders never mentioned racism and classism, so I didn’t feel like those theories didn’t quite fit me. It was not until I read up on historical trauma that I realized that my unhealthy relationship with food is a deeper issue caused by colonialism, poverty, systemic racism, and cultural sexism. Historical trauma is a theory by Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart which explains trauma as a transgenerational occurrence. In other words... READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
Gabourey Sidibe Has the perfect Response to Love Scene Fat-Shamers By ZEBA BLAY
On Wednesday night, the writers of "Empire" made a bold move when they included a scene of Gabourey Sidibe's character Becky having sex with her boyfriend, MC J Poppa. The scene was refreshing because it reminded us that, yes, fat women like and have sex, and it shouldn't be a big deal.
Unfortunately, the scene generated a few mean-spirited memes fat-shaming the actress. But, like the queen she is, the 32-year-old actress isn't bothered.
In a blog post for EW published on Thursday, Sidibe wrote: "I, a plus sized, dark-skinned woman, had a love scene on primetime television. I had the most fun ever filming that scene even though I was nervous. But I felt sexy and beautiful and I felt like..." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
Looking Back: Our Fave Ashley Nell Tipton Instagram Moments Before Project Runway By MARCY CRUZ
Project Runway Season 14 winner Ashley Nell Tipton may be new to the mainstream fashion industry with her appearance on the show but to the plus size community, she is already well known as an amazing designer who creates clothing for women in sizes 1X to 6X. While many plus size designers only stop at a 3X, Ashley is one of those designers who truly embraces women of all sizes.
Many of us have loved Ashley before Project Runway and it is exciting to see her progress on the show and in her career. In honor of her win, we took a look back and here’s our favorite Instagram moments from... READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
I hope you enjoyed my picks. I really wanted to highlight all the awesome things that fat women everywhere are doing. They are healing, they are thriving, they are succeeding!