Today’s Tank Top Tuesday submission comes from Deeleigh (of Big Fat Blog fame). She says that this is a draft entry for the NOW Foundation Love Your Body poster contest. http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/posters/contest.html
So yeah. Not only am I wearing a tank top in this picture, I’m wearing one
that’s too tight and that accentuates my belly rolls. I’m also wearing an
extremely short cotton jersey skirt.
Normally, I’m not that much of a rad fattie when it comes to clothing.
Okay, so I do wear sleeveless tops on a pretty regular basis. I’ve also been
known to wear mini skirts, but only with boots and opaque leggings or
tights. I am actually pretty careful not to offend people’s sensibilities.
I dance around the “inappropriate” line and I don’t call attention to my size.
A too-tight tank without a bra and with a tiny skirt and no leggings is
definitely over that line. So, even for a fat woman who is actually not the
world’s shyest, this is really daring for me.
There’s a method to my madness. I took a series of photos of myself exactly
as described in the text. No makeup, no attempt to hide “flaws,” no attempt
to play down my size. I tried to choose lighting and poses that made it
clear that I was fat and that my body wasn’t perfect, but that didn’t quite
cross the line into being ugly to an average viewer. I wanted to create an
image that would be perceived by most people as beautiful rather than
grotesque, but that didn’t look anything like what we see in entertainment
and advertising. Of course, some people will have been deeply influenced by
media images and will find it ugly. I’ve got some other photos I could use…
I guess I’d just like some feedback from the community. Is the photo doing
what I want it to do? Any suggestions on the graphic design? Is the
poem-thingy a good idea, or is it too long or too precious? Don’t worry,
I’m not particularly attached to any of it, and I’m totally open to
I am taking submissions from anyone who wants to exercise their right to Bare Arms for future Tank Top Tuesday posts! Email your pics here: firstname.lastname@example.org, please include the name you’d like in the post, a blog or etsy shop you wanna plug, your thoughts on bare arms or other fatty philosophies. It does not have to be in a tank top, so long as your arms are bare. Have fun with it!
Also, feel free to still treat comments as TMI topic/discussion/venting area! Feel free to ask TMI questions or just vent/rant about your own stuff. I love it! We all do! =0)