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 making art about the body. I truly believe that every body is worthy of art. Photographing others (or myself) with the intention to make an art piece is very healing. It’s such an honor for me to be able to show someone how beautiful their body is. Even people who like their bodies don’t always think of their bodies as worthy of art - but I do. It’s through my lens that I help people discover how powerful and beautiful their bodies are.