A treat for the eye

I am a fat woman. I was a fat teen and fat child. I have even written a book about what being fat is like and what it is about. It took me a long time and a lot of hard inner work to even begin to feel at home in my body, to claim my body, to love my body.

It is only in recent times, and even then pretty rarely do I get to see bodies like mine in ads, on television or in the movies. This week as part of their ad campaign for their women’s shaver,  Gillette image of plus-size model in bikini sparks outrage — the image of a fat woman in a bikini looking happy drew a slew of hate-filled comments about her and accusing Gillette of encouraging obesity. Read my book if you want to know more about the many ways this is just sheer bigotry and unsupported by research. 

Anyway, Gillette is to be applauded for standing by their choice and saying:  "Venus is committed to representing beautiful women of all shapes, sizes and skin types because ALL types of beautiful skin deserve to be shown. We love Anna because she lives out loud and loves her skin no matter how the 'rules' say she should display it."

As you might imagine I am thoroughly tired of seeing images of headless fatties which is how we fat women are usually represented in news media. If you are like me, I have an artist to suggest to you -- Fernando Botero, a Columbian painter with a unique style and an appreciation for large bodies. I first became aware of Botero around 30 years ago when I was in New York to see an exhibit at the Met. In the center section of Park Avenue for several blocks I saw monumental bronzes and I was mesmerized. And had to learn more about this artist. Do take a look -- I think you will find delight in his figures like these --


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