Plus-size fashion blogger GabiFresh recruited Nadia Aboulhosn (whose columns will continue to appear on Styleite) and Tess Munster to flaunt self-acceptance in their own version of Beyoncé’s “Flawless” with the hashtag #everyoneisflawless. They proudly mimic Beyoncé’s words behind the symbolic bars that separate women not from men but from skinny white girls.
On her blog yesterday, she wrote,
As a fat woman of color, I’m often treated differently than my thin, white peers. By brands, by fellow bloggers, by the media… I get passed over for things I’m more than qualified for. I get stares and cold shoulders at fashion events. I hear whispers. I get hate mail and trolling comments from people who call me disgusting and say I shouldn’t be allowed in public. Like Bey, I usually just brush these people off, and I never give them power by addressing them here or anywhere else. But it gets tiring, and sometimes I’m really tempted to drop the lady-like thing and just kind of…go off. So when I heard Beyonce telling her haters to Bow Down in the song ***Flawless, I immediately fell in love.
Watch it here and look out for Nadia’s grill.
Strangely, in the original version, Beyoncé’s empowering message works, but it’s always couched in some pop-friendly discordant lines. (Naturally that’s more effective than preaching. ) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s freestyling about how “we teach girls to shrink themselves sound oddly mismatched to Beyonce’s “This diamond, flawless/My diamond, flawless/This rock, flawless/My rock, flawless.” But it’s Beyonce’s unbridled ambition that earned her these bragging rights. But Adichie’s line about teaching girls to shrink themselves somehow comes across with these ladies.
Gabi’s anthem-y version starts with news commentators examining plus-size shapes in the media, and it ends with a fitting Huffington Post comment: “Regardless of how people’s metabolism function, or what they look like, each of us deserves respect, compassion, and can’t be judged by anyone but themselves.” Bow down bitches.
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