How One Woman Is Changing Plus-Size Visibility | Features | Refinery29

Lane Bryant Are Fighting Plus-Size ...

Hi! Hi. Come on in. Hello! How are you doing? Welcome.

Hello. So you’re ready? I am. Cool.

Are you sure I can be held on this? Like… Yes. Alright. I’m gonna trust you. And so you’ve tied up larger bodies before?

Mmhmm. I have people that message me on Instagram and they’re like, “My girlfriend is bigger. Like, how can I do this?

I don’t ever see that out there.” And I’m like, “Of course you can!” Yeah. Like, “Don’t let that stop you!” It’s amazing when you just don’t see yourself, how you don’t think you have access to that. Yeah.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to fat people and sex. Fat people only have sex with other fat people or they’re going to break their partner. Simply not true. This comes from how the media represents fat people, sex, and size. I know that fat bodies aren’t always seen as sexy, but I am fat, I am sexy, and the world needs to see that.

There’s a lack of representation and that’s why I’m going to do something about it. Hello? Can I please speak to Josh?

Hi! Hi. Come on in. Hello! How are you doing? Welcome.

Hello. So you’re ready? I am. Cool.

Are you sure I can be held on this? Like… Yes. Alright. I’m gonna trust you. And so you’ve tied up larger bodies before?

Mmhmm. I have people that message me on Instagram and they’re like, “My girlfriend is bigger. Like, how can I do this?

I don’t ever see that out there.” And I’m like, “Of course you can!” Yeah. Like, “Don’t let that stop you!” It’s amazing when you just don’t see yourself, how you don’t think you have access to that. Yeah.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to fat people and sex. Fat people only have sex with other fat people or they’re going to break their partner. Simply not true. This comes from how the media represents fat people, sex, and size. I know that fat bodies aren’t always seen as sexy, but I am fat, I am sexy, and the world needs to see that.

There’s a lack of representation and that’s why I’m going to do something about it. Hello? Can I please speak to Josh?

This is him. Hey Josh. My name is Laura. I’m looking to speak to someone about projection art. Have I found the right guy?

reality of plus size invisbility

Yes you have. Awesome. What exactly is your project? What are you looking to do? I’m trying to do this guerilla style art project where I’m going to project images of plus size women all around the city.

So I was wondering if this is something that you might be able to help me with or give me a little direction on how I would be able to do this. For stuff like this, you’re gonna need a 10,000 to 15,000 Lumen projector. You’re gonna want to wait until after sunset, that way your images actually pop up on the buildings. I’ll just text you all the info. If you have any questions, you can just call me back.

Awesome, that’s great Josh. Thank you so much. Yeah, yeah, no worries. And good luck! Thank you.

You want a lady tat? I set up a photoshoot to create some photos that showcase plus size women can actually be sexy and can be put into situations where I have never seen them before. Try to hold that right there. So I do post really sexy photos on Instagram and sometimes I get comments that are quite negative, like this one, for example. “You’re probably skeptical of good looking guys like me because I have a choice of multitude of girls. If I looked like you, I’d kill myself.” It’s very isolating to be on the other end of the screen to receive these comments.

So, the more that we see images of things that we don’t necessarily see all the time, the more we’ll find them to be beautiful. Beautiful! And then those sexy eyes again. Those are awesome.

Really good. Now that the images are finished, it’s time to project them on buildings across Manhattan. Hi! You guys, I noticed you guys were looking at that really cool ad up there.

What were you guys thinking when you looked at it and you saw it? Damn girl! Yes! You look hot. Thank you!

I think it’s a beautiful advertisement, honestly. I wouldn’t look at it any other way than I look at any other advertisements. If she was here, what would you tell her? That she’s beautiful and keep on modeling.

There should be more women like this in advertisements and I think that it would give women more self-confidence because we’re not all the same size. They’re into it. You guys are just taking a really cool photo.

Why do you love it? I mean look at her. She’s fearless. They’re finally showing full-figured women in this day and age.

Seriously, because the average woman is not a size two. Right. We need somebody who is going to represent what the average woman would look like, not the runway model. It’s beautiful.

And if this model was here right now, what would you tell her? I would tell her, “You better go girl!” I would give her a high five and say, “Great!” Oh my god, high five me because I am that person on the wall! Ahh!

Oh my god! That’s awesome. Can we get a hug? That’s awesome! That’s awesome.

You better work! That is great! That’s great. I’m really glad that I did this.

At first it was a little scary because I was watching people react and take out their cell phones and take pictures. But the more I spoke to people, the more positive reinforcement I felt about how we’re going to represent plus size women in the future and I’m just going to be part of that next step.

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