Now I don't know if I'm posting this just to say- hey look how awesome this is, and isn't it great that fat women are baring their naked bodies in this way!(?) But maybe I am also posting to go- so, what do you think of this? (the good, the bad, and the dare I say, ugly?)
I dunno... the very small response it got from my face & body painting community was sort of meh, and "not my kind of thing but give it up to these bigger gals for their confidence to do it at least" comments, and also some mildly insulting language and attitudes in that kind of way where people wouldn't be mindful enough about size acceptance to realize their language could come off as offensive. And I think their weren't more responses because it probably makes people nervous, or comes off as too outrageous/controversial (because of the models' size, not the nudity), and people are generally so polite on these forums that they would never give an honest opinion if they thought if might stir something up, so most people are probably afraid to comment on it at all.
I don't know that I could even articulate my own opinion on this, but my very strong reaction is to be overjoyed and excited about fat people represented in body art! I strongly feel the need to speak up about this but I don't even know what to say... I don't know how to let people here know about size acceptance, or how to encourage size-positive attitudes instead of only referring to this as "obese nude body painting" (OMG!)... These people probably don't think there's anything wrong with saying that and would still be in the conventional mindset that "Fat" is a bad word to say and it would be more insulting to describe someone as fat than "obese". sigh... I just have a hard time finding the words when it comes to educating other people on fat acceptance or even calling it that without getting uncomfortable responses about my personal size defending me with "oh no, YOU'RE not fat!"... and trying to explain over and over again that fat is not a negative word... So usually I don't bother really going into it with people who don't already get it. So many people around us use fat-bashing language or have hateful attitudes about people of size without even realizing it- and it can be exhausting to bring it to their attention or correct them every time. So I don't know what I would even say to speak out on this and make people aware, in this case that it is a huge statement for fat women to be exposed to the general public with body painting in a positive light.
When I tried to find an article online about the body painting on Mo'nique's show, I mostly ran into sites where it was published in a negative way followed by the usual comments about how disgusting this was. (Seriously outraging comments like, I feel bad for the guy who had to paint them, and they should have been painted like a whale or a hippopotamus instead... and on and on!) And even on some "curvy" boards, people seemed to be only critical of this. When I first saw the picture my only reaction was how beautiful this body painting was- and yes, as a body painting artist myself I can see that maybe some of the designs are not the best choices and a few of the women are awkwardly placed in the photo or look uncomfortable. But it's so not about that to me. IMO, it seems counterproductive to criticize it instead of embracing how beautiful these women are and acknowledging how important it is that more sizes and shapes are being shown in body painting. But I don't know... I guess even other fat folks are entitled to their opposing opinions. So... I'm hesitant but curious to ask: What do YOU think of this?