Promoting Obesity!

Promoting Obesity!

I was going to write you a blog post about how fab my new bloke is, and talk about sex as a fat girl, but that might have to wait because there’s been a lot going on in planet Plus Size this week and I wouldn’t want to miss any out.

Firstly – Tess Munster, now Holliday. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time – she’s a US size 22 which is about a 24/26 in UK terms, and she’s only 5 ft 5. Most plus size models are in the lower ranges (in fact to be plus size in the UK modelling market you only have to be a size 12) so it’s quite unusual for a shorter lady to be taken on by a big agency – and Tess has made in onto the books of MILK Model Management as of this week.

The news has been shared all over plus size blogs and groups, including our Facebook Page, and although it’s probably more down to the company I keep than anything else, most of the comments I’ve seen have been positive. Let’s face it, Tess is freaking gorgeous. Too short for a FatPhrocks dress, but we still love her as an example of what you can achieve if you don’t let the haters put you off.

The one thing that’s ruined all the coverage is the inevitable bitching and sniping about ‘promoting obesity’.

What is promoting obesity, exactly? I just looked up the word ‘promote’ and it means ‘support or actively encourage (a cause, venture, etc.); further the progress of.’

Is showing fat women what they could look like in clothes that are designed for them actively encouraging them to become obese?


For so many years, fat girls and women were denied any decent clothes. You wouldn’t see a fat woman in a fashion magazine, or a shop window. You would have no idea whether that dress you liked on the size ten model in the Littlewoods catalogue would actually fit you, you would have to order it, then realise it looked awful because it was designed for a size ten woman to look good in, not a size 16, 18, 20, or whatever.

I think that actually being able to see plus size clothes on a plus size woman is progress, don’t you?

I know people who still remember when the only plus size clothes shop was Evans, and back then it was even called ‘Evans Outsize’. When it was full of garish nylon monstrosities (some say it still is) and the models were a size 12-14 at most, wearing plus size clothes pinned at the back to fit them.

Back in the 90s, fat women were barely visible in the media. We had Dawn French, Alison Moyet, Roseanne Barr and Oprah who was fat, thin, fat, thin…No fat models. Very few fat actresses. Barely any fat music stars. Actually, not much has changed there. We’ve got Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson, who are great but I wish would play a role that isn’t comedic. We’ve got Gabourey Sidibe who is relentlessly picked apart at every awards ceremony she goes to (because fat women can act too, you know?)

We’ve got Adele, who is hardly ever mentioned without a comment about her weight. Beth Ditto – yup, if it’s not her weight being pulled to bits it’s the fact she’s married to a woman. Gasp!

Where is this promotion of obesity they keep harping on about? Why is it that as soon as we get one example of a really fat women doing well for herself, BECAUSE of her looks and not in spite of them, the bitch fest starts?

“She must be really unhealthy”

“Think of her poor knees!”

“She’s a drain on the NHS…she’ll get diabetes, you wait and see.”

Just – shut your carping, please! We’ve heard it all before.

If Tess, and any other gorgeous, fat, plus size women are getting visible, refusing to hide or be ashamed of their bodies, and having a damn good time while they do it, more power to them. All they promote, as far as I can see, is being happy, sassy and confident. How can that be wrong?


#tessmunster #tessholliday #obesitypromotion

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