It's been a week for my little ole blog! Sunday, I posted a rant about how someone stole my fatkini photo and used it in a diet ad. Monday, I emailed my local news just to see if they would talk about the issue. Tuesday, they came to interview me and by Friday, it was being talked about all over the world on Yahoo, Cosmo, Daily Mail and more! It has been amazing to see so many folks standing up for me and how my visibility has empowered so many women.
On the flip side, there are a lot of fatphobic comments on the articles and the diet company is attempting to bully me with threats and accusations. Commence the eye rolling! They claim that they are victims as well, that I am spreading lies, tainting their company and doing it all for my own personal gain - and will have to pay for damages and loss of business. Obviously, this is not the case! I am not a money hungry creep and normally a shy homebody. My day job is in the social work field and I blog to empower women and talk about fat acceptance. Any monetary gain from my blogging usually goes back into my blog. It is ridiculous to think that I am making it big or rich as a result of my story being told. Straight up, I am not. Can we say victim blaming?
Instead of giving any more attention to the dirtbags, I'd focus on how amazing it can be to accept your body and refuse to succumb to the societal pressures to maintain conventional beauty. My blogging buddy and fat babe extraordinaire, Leah, suggested we start a "Not Your Before Photo" campaign. A way of showing solidarity where rad fats (and anyone else wanting to participate) pose proudly as a big fuck you to anyone who thinks they can steal our photos for their shady ads.
So, I'll get us started! Directions for link up, hashtag, sharing and other ways you can participate are below. Let's show them that we aren't going to stand to be stolen from, exploited and definitely not going to be their before photo!
crop top : thrifted
cardigan : target
leggings : walmart
shoes : payless
glasses : coastal
headscarf : thrifted
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