We need to acknowledge — and respect — our relationship to Blackness

When I reached out on Twitter to engage my fellow dark-skinned South Asians in a conversation about racism, I thought I’d find commonality. What I didn’t think I’d find was that I wasn’t the only one who had been called the N-word, or Barack Obama.

People called the police when…

Broadcasting a show of women wearing lingerie with a concert in the background was still relevant for the label after #MeToo. But it had no choice but to cancel the 2019 extravaganza to reinvent itself.

With more than a billion views in 2017, a budget of nearly 12 million dollars in 2018 and performances by the most prominent artists on earth (Destiny’s Child in 2002, Justin Timberlake in 2006, The Spice Girls in 2007, Rihanna in 2012, Lady Gaga in 2016 among others), the Victoria’s…

I’ll never forget the feeling of shame and unease I experienced shopping in ready-to-wear shops in my childhood and teen years. Having so little items that could fit me made me feel like a whale. I’ve always been chubby. Kids clothes would be too tight, so my mum had to…

My small flat in the glossy 16th district of Paris is my scene and I’m the actor, the director and the prop man of my own play. I know perfectly how to place the brimming garbage bags, empty crisp packets and candy sachets in an organized mess on the floor.

France. A country where women think they are never thin enough to fit the mould of the effortless Parisian girl. A country where your appearance matters as much as your CV. A country where fat people are unseen in the media and considered as lazy and dumb. In a book titled One Is Not Born Fat (“On ne naît pas grosse” in French), a woman confesses how awful it is to live in a country where you don’t fit.

Have you ever thought about what it is like to be fat in a country that celebrates slimness? There are two possible answers to this question; either you are a slim person and the idea never even crossed your mind, or you are an overweight person and this is your…

When the words “plus-size model” are said, Ashley Graham’s name is automatically on everyone’s lips. Isn’t it awkward that any random girl or guy in the street can’t name another plus-size model? Why is Graham on her own? Analysis.

Beginning her career as a model in high school, Ashley Graham already had the body brands were looking for. With her flat stomach, white skin, beautiful face, perfect hair and charisma, she soon became THE model to book for catalogue and e-shop shootings. She could have stopped there and enjoy…

Dan Hastings

A freelance journalist who has written on fat activism, inclusivity and new representations for Marie Claire, I WEIGH, Glamour, Slate and The Huffington Post UK

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