Powered by WordPress. The beauty and fashion industry was built on the backs of Black women. The hugely popular body positivity movement, which has always been apart of black culture because we have celebrated our natural curves for centuries , is now dominated by white women and when you do see WOC they are racially ambiguous. As the purveyors of the body positive movement, Black women are often criticized for promoting obesity or being lazy, leaving us feeling ashamed of our natural bodies.
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Originally posted on Wear Your Voice Magazine. When we talk about fat positivity and fat acceptance, we have to realize that fatness is political just like our race, gender, sexuality, ability, body type, mental health, skin color and phenotype. Bodies of color are viewed through the gaze of whiteness and the mythologies created by whiteness. Our bodies are seen through distortion because we are compared to unachievable and unobtainable humanity and beauty standards that are constructed around white bodies. These terms signify the fact that our bodies have never fit within the beauty standards used to confine and define us because they were created around whiteness. Beauty standards are inherently based in whiteness as a political structure, identity, representation and power system.
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This guest post by Chantell Monique appears as part of our theme week on Fatphobia and Fat Positivity. When thinking about positive images of fat Black women in television, one normally thinks of any television show starring Queen Latifah or Jill Scott. Unfortunately, work by these two women is not enough to combat the plethora of stereotypical and fat-phobic images that plague fat Black women. While it has been difficult to find positive images of fat White women on television, for the past five years there has been more positive visibility than that of Black women. There is a slow and steady body-positive movement taking place in the form of social media and television representation; however, due to White privilege and constant stereotyping, fat Black women have been excluded from this conversation.
South Africa twisted a stiletto heel in the face of Western fashion ideals this weekend when Phindi Molefe, a year-old from Soweto, was crowned the country's Miss Fats A month after the continent brimmed with pride at the news that a Nigerian woman had become the first black African ever to win the Miss World pageant, Miss Molefe's victory highlighted anew the particular dilemma that faces women here: whether to look Western and slim, or African and cuddly. Now the beautiful men in the fancy 4x4s want girls like us, because they can see that we are large and healthy, not thin and sick. Before the Aids epidemic, those guys did not even hoot at us. Miss Mbewe, a bank clerk who weighs 14st 7lb and wore a stunning outfit sewn entirely from cotton wraps printed with Zulu shields, said black women should be proud of their African heritage and not be slaves to white fashion edicts.