After the untimely death of plus model Mia Amber Davis earlier this week, we were asked by AOL/BlackVoices via RedRoom, to blog on the subject of body image and black women. Having been plus size models in the 80’s, when the biz was in its infancy, and always prime for an opportunity to add our four cents (two each thank you) to any pot, we were happy to oblige. Below is an excerpt, and link to the entire piece. Thanks RedRoom!
While body image issues are a pandemic in our society, the stats are about the same as they were in our day. The average American woman is still 5'4", wears size 14 and weighs a little under 165 lbs. The occasional "fat fashion" article runs in a major newspaper. The naked size 14 posing in 'Glamour' was called brave, and the Dove Real Women campaign was seen as groundbreaking, but we still live in a size-ist ghetto…Click to read entire article.
Causes DeBerry Grant Supports
Heifer International, American Red Cross, Second Harvest, Gods Love We Deliver, Habitat for Humanity