In this episode I offer a bit of perspective on the controversy surrounding the videos recently released by Dove. This episode also features a special treat–a poem composed and performed by The Fat Chick her own self!
I was so very excited when I came across this in my facebook feed. Fat positive blogger and artist phenom Rachele AKA The Nearsighted Owl has a project called The Fat Babe project. All you do is send in a photo of yourself and a link to your blog, and she will create a fat and fabulous artist’s rendering of your gorgeousness for FREE! Postcards and greeting cards featuring your fabulous form are available for modest fee, so you can send your sexiness to your friends and family.
This is just one of a series of opportunities to be the subject of fat positive art. Of course Substantia Jones has been doing amazing artistic photography of fat subjects for years. You can see her work at adipositivity.com. And if you’re ever in or around New York, you can contact her about being the subject of a fat positive photo shoot.
And of course, there’s the work of Les Toil, who has been creating artsy drawings of fat chicks for many years. It costs a little bit more but who can argue with the gorgeousness of the work? And you get a number of prints and a CD featuring YOU in all your splendor.
I think all of this work is important in many ways. In light of that Dove Viral Video, with the creepy forensic artist sketching the insecurities of conventionally beautiful women in a mood-lit semi-modern loft to super saturated sugary soundtrack, these artist are working to actually expand our body consciousness–unhindered by a need to sell soap.
So hurrah for the size diverse sketch artists and the pulchritudinous painters and the photographers who help the world view bodies through a wide angle lens! Who knows, you just might see a whole different view of yours truly, very soon!