I have been every size from a size 6 to a size 18. The scale has gone up and down and I have had my ups and downs with the movements of the scale. I recently opened up about my weight and the challenges it poses being a plus size woman in Hollywood with Serena Spates and Chris De Rosa of the 100 Percent Show.
Catch the full interview here.
I want to expand on three specific things I said during the interview.
“I finally decided to stop fighting my body”
I think this is important for every woman. You must become a partner with your body. There are so many voices that try to interfere with our body’s own rhythm and wisdom, from advertisers to well-meaning friends and family. Punitive diets, exhausting workout routines to get a pageant-ready body had me at war with my body for years. One day, in a flash of wisdom, I dropped it and became my body’s partner instead of my own adversary. I listen to my body more.
“My body is big enough to accommodate my bubbly soul.”
There’s nothing like a good belly laugh and I am a bit famous for my laugh. I need a rounder belly because of that! Jokes aside, I have learned my body is a vessel for my spirit—and my spirit needs space! I was my thinnest when I was processing a deep grief over the loss of my grandmother. I was not a happy person. I took it out on my body, because I couldn’t change what had happened. It's important to understand your emotions in relation to your weight, especially how turbulent emotions can affect your weight.
"As women become more vocal consumers in fashion, that tends to bleed over into our media consumption as well."
We must continue to demand more diverse portrayals both in fashion and entertainment. We have to disrupt assumptions about people’s character and ability due to weight. Overall, we have to focus on being a healthier, not thinner society, and health has several components, including self-esteem.
Serena and Chris are fostering some amazing conversations about many important issues, so keep tabs on their show. I was grateful to them for getting to speak out about body image and portrayal, as it is close to my heart and experience.
Producer and actress Kristin West is a Texan talent with cosmopolitan appeal. Raised in rural south Texas, West’s training includes the Globe Theatre in London, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the University of Texas Semester in Los Angeles Program. West graduated from the University of [...]