If you think fat discrimination is only a factor on runways and in high-fashion magazines, think again.
Ask a regular, non-plus-size model heavy person if they ever get looks of pity and disgust and experience discrimination based on the size of their jeans, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who says “no.”
While there are undoubtedly countless fat women who slink in the shadows out of shame and fear of further humiliation, Hasbun wants those women to know about some Bay Area activists “at the center of a new civil rights movement known as Health at Every Size (HAES).”
It’s a group that calls itself “the new peace movement” and “acknowledges that good health can best be realized independent from considerations of size. It supports people—of all sizes—in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors.”
They want people to honor their bodies in a way improves their health — and encourage people to adopt health habits for the sake of well-being, not a number on the scale. In doing so, they hope others will accept and respect the diversity of body shapes and sizes. Their objective is for people to achieve fitness goals by moving with joy and “becoming more physically vital.”
Hasbun’s “Fat. Fit. Flabulous!” series celebrates women with love handles and flab by showing their sparkly, effervescent way of moving around with more.
Take a look:
Healthy and Fabulous at Every Size 1 of 11
Photos by Gabriela Hasbun
All That Fab 2 of 11
"Countless men and women are fighting an unending, toxic war against their own bodies," says photographer Gabriela Hasbun.
Phat Fly Girls 3 of 11
"They strive to meet an arbitrary expectation of size and weight in a culture that portrays thinness as the epitome of health and beauty."
Size Rebels 4 of 11
"I've been following the growing movement of women who are proving that health and beauty can transcend weight."
Big Boogie Nights 5 of 11
"Fat. Fit. Flabulous!" is a long-term project that examines how women view themselves."
Beautiful Brides 6 of 11
"The project offers a different perspective on weight — an issue that much of the media marginalizes and ignores."
Fat, Happy and Healthy 7 of 11
"This series of images helps raise awareness of an alternative lifestyle that isn't well understood: being fat, happy and healthy!"
Heavy Rotation 8 of 11
"Health at Every Size [women] encourage others to love their bodies in a battle of fat discrimination."
The Padded Lilies 9 of 11
The Padded Lilies give "artistic performances from the deep end of the pool" in San Francisco.
Sync or Swim 10 of 11
The Padded Lilies are a synchronized swimming group that believe in "body acceptance, fat empowerment and fitness at any size."
Yay Scale 11 of 11
Conceived of by Marilyn Wann, the Yay Scale gives compliments instead of numbers. Instead of staring at a figure that has the potential to break your day before its barely begun, phrases such as, "You're Perfect," "You're Gorgeous," and "You're Hot" ensure your morning begins on a positive note.
For more photos in the "Fat. Fit. Flabulous!" series from Gabriela Hasbun, visit her website.
All photos used with permission from Gabriela Hasbun
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