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“The bodies don’t need to change, the attitude does”
Questions to Consider:
- Are people’s character and capabilities judged based on their appearance?
- What stereotypes are associated with different body sizes?
What We Think:
“Would my life better if I were thinner? No, but it would be better if I wasn’t treated so poorly because I’m not.”
“I was the 5th grader called ‘hippo’.”
“In high school, I thought I would be so much prettier if were thin.”
“I was a target… I didn’t know what was wrong with me. Why was I so different?”
In a video put out by JCPenney, “Here I Am”, five women open up about the struggles they’ve endured for being fat, and also push back against the preconceived notions many people hold. Gabi Fresh, Valerie Sagun, Jes Baker, Mary Lambert, and Ashley Nell Tipton are beautiful, successful, and happy women who prove fat stereotypes dead wrong. They can sing, they can write, they design, they rock photo shoots, and most importantly, they have learned to love themselves. They are not longer willing to hide, they are in the world’s face and showing everyone that we can be beautiful, accomplished, AND fat at the same time.
“I am beautiful, I am sexy, I am everything.”
Another thing we like about this video: While it is clearly sponsored and created to promote JCPenney, the video isn’t selling any one product. The focus is solely on the women and their message. Does this mean JCPenney will be selling clothes to a wide range of body types? Hopefully! Make sure they do by letting them know what you think using the contact on this page.
— Colleen Sparks
Where We Saw It
YouTube. June 2016.