(Photo: Ebony Magazine, March 2016)
Women’s History Month is underway, and Ebony is celebrating the female form by putting four gorgeous stars on the cover. The March issue features “The Body Brigade,” made up of designer and fashion blogger Gabi Fresh, singer Jazmine Sullivan, singer and actress Danielle Brooks, and singer and reality star Chrisette Michele to celebrate plus-size beauty and help tackle the body image struggles that many Black women — scratch that, many women — face.
Titled “The Curvy Confessionals," the cover story features the four stars opening up about all the aspects of being a plus-size woman in 2016. The women took advantage of the platform to open about the struggles they still face and remind readers to check their judgment before entering.
“Those of us who identify as chunky, curvy, plus-size, big, ample, full-figured, BBW, big-boned, thick, voluptuous, heavy-set or fat are fully aware of the obsession-rejection, push-pull, love-hate relationship society has with our physiques," it reads. "What others may think about what we do or don’t eat doesn’t matter; the greater judgments, regardless of whether they are favorable, come from within.”
The story also compares the stereotypes about larger-size women to the facts, especially regarding health issues. “Though African-American women have the dubious honor of weighing in as the most obese of any group in the country (recent national data finds that 80 percent of Black women are considered overweight or obese), it’s worth noting that nearly 70 percent of Black men are overweight or obese as well, compared with 71 percent of white men and 63 percent of white women.”
Inspiring, and fierce.
Last year, Gabi Fresh sat down with BET to encourage people to know that women do not have to look a certain way to find their audience. Watch below:
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