We loved plus size blogger Gabbi Fresh when she posted photos of herself in a two-piece, and started this Summer’s fatkini revolution. Confident and beautiful, it caused a stir in the media and now the wonderful Maragaret Cho has stepped in with her take on the fatkini debate.
Margaret Cho, fashion designer, actress, author and singer-song-writer took to her blog (www.margaretcho.com/2012/06/07/fatkini) to lay down her thoughts on wearing fatkinis. Talking openly as someone who took to alcoholism to numb the feelings of starvation, Cho comments that
“It’s gorgeous, it’s empowering and it’s about time we celebrated and enjoyed our bodies and our selves. Why not be cool when the sun threatens to take over the whole sky? Why not vamp it up in a two piece, allow some time to find shelter in the shade, easy and free, pretty and pleasing, reclining and relaxing in what could practically be our undies?
… We should take our pleasure and document it, as we all have a right to joy no matter what size we are. If you have a body, you deserve to be happy in it, and that is that.”
Margaret Cho went on to comment that although there many positive comments about the photos following the media attention, there were many who argued that the images went on to promote an unhealthy weight. Questioning what “promoting an unhealthy weight” even means, Cho questions wether
“If we don’t adhere to certain societal standards, we shouldn’t take pictures of ourselves and post them online? Are we not allowed to witness our own reflection, much less enjoy the summer – the water and the sand, the lengthy days and heated nights, the beaches and the barbecues, June/July/August – the most sensual season, truly, as there are few gentle pastimes greater than casually eating a cool slice of watermelon poolside while flicking the seeds at a sexy stranger, allowing the juice to drip down your graceful neck right into your prodigious cleavage – because it might be considered ‘unhealthy’?”
Looking at the original image which started it all, Cho, like most people, sees someone looking confident, beautiful and above all, enjoying themselves.
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