EBONY magazine dropped a beautiful cover for the month of March exemplifying the beauty of the plus size body image.
Welcome to Women’s History Month…and to the struggles many black women face with body image.
For the March 2016 issue of EBONY magazine, a few of our fave chicks are put on blast in the most fabulous way — slaying the cover while embracing their body confidence.
The cover story, dubbed “The Curvy Confessionals,” features a war room like setting (peep the war-inspired shot below) with four women getting EXTRA candid about the good, the bad, and the ugly of being more than a size 12 in the public eye.
What would be evoked in you, readers, if I said said the women photographed here—Grammy winner Chrisette Michele, 33; R&B chart topper Jazmine Sullivan, 28; Orange Is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks, 26; and plus-size blogger and swimwear designer Gabi Fresh, 26)—and I were sitting around a steakhouse table selecting from family-style options including filet mignon, roasted chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, creamy spinach, salad and, eff it, cheesecake? Would you frown in disgust? Shake your head? Cheer us on? Think nothing of it?
Those of us who identify as chunky, curvy, plus-size, big, ample, full-figured, BBW, big-boned, thick, voluptuous, heavy-set or fat are fully aware of the obsession-rejection, push-pull, love-hate relationship society has with our physiques. What others may think about what we do or don’t eat doesn’t matter; the greater judgments, regardless of whether they are favorable, come from within.