I took this self-portrait because I am so tired of fat shaming. Last night I took a photography posing webinar. The whole time, the instructors kept on fat shaming in their posing advice and it made me feel really bad about this industry. In the photography world, I’m surrounded by fat shaming even more than I was before I became a photographer. It’s so evident in almost everything we watch how much people hate fat people, disabled people, people with non-normative bodies, and the list goes on. So I want to personally invite you to hush the voices that are fat shaming yourself and others, that judge, that spew hate. Embrace your goddamn divine body. Look at yourself in the mirror, shake your booty, run your hands over your curves (it is masturbation month, after all), and give yourself some love! Tell a friend they look hella fine. Tell a complete stranger that you like their style. Be kind and generous. Tell someone who’s fat shaming that you love them (because people who fat shame hate their bodies too), and then ask them to stop criticizing people’s bodies. Tell yourself you love yourself. You’re fabulous!
I love the contrast between lightness and darkness. I’m obsessed with the light that comes through my bedroom windows. I have three windows in my bedroom, all of which let in the most interesting and beautiful light throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll lay in bed and stare out the window for several minutes, admiring the light. Sometimes I’ll bask in the sunlight that seeps through the windows. It’s my favorite thing about my apartment and something I’ll dearly miss when I eventually move. This image was taken the other day at sunset where the light was peeking in through the window closest to the adjoining wall.