TiKa Simone, a singer based in Toronto, loves her body , and she wants the world to hear her when she says that. TiKa and four other black women took part in a photo shoot in Toronto's Edwards Gardens, all of them wearing white and refusing to hide their bodies—society's absurdly narrow definition of beauty be damned. And yet, we exist. Unapologetically and without shame. We love on ourselves. Much of the plus-size body-love movement is spearheaded by white women like Iskra Lawrence , Ashley Graham , and Tess Holliday.
The camera rolls while Jamal tries on the wig, buys it, then styles it, all while other customers stare at her, with some even pointing at her and whispering remarks. The film thus indicts viewers, forcing them to surveil their own biases. When I first watched No Fats, No Femmes last year, I was blown away by its complicated intimacy and roused by its force. Jamal is a renaissance woman; she sings, writes, acts, produces, directs, and does all of them incredibly well. She puts those talents to incredible use advancing gender equality and racial justice, making strong statements about sexual racism and desirability politics, and modeling what Black artistic excellence can look like today. It is incredibly frustrating that an artist this brilliant, this revolutionary, and this multifaceted is not better known, or that her film is not fully funded and supported, as she explains below.
My best friend, Denise Jolly, stood on a subway train and disrobed, revealing all pounds of her formerly hidden body in a black bra and panties. This was the culmination of a day journey, in which she took photos of herself in various states of partial nudity at home and in her community. She called it the Be Beautiful project. Her project had achieved what it set out to do — make her seen.
What resulted was an outpouring of body positivity and women posting pictures displaying their fierceness without concern for societal approval. Here are some of our favorite looks:. Medical professionals are supposed to inform people about their health.