Whenever I watch television shows, or movies, involving plus-size women, it is always the same old school stereotype: she is sad, with low self-esteem, poorly dressed, has no style and spends her nights at home alone fantasizing about being skinny. Otherwise, she is the funny fat girl who is the sidekick to the conventionally pretty, skinny girl. What about plus size representation on TV?
Drop Dead Diva- CANCELLED
Enough already! Seriously. Sitcoms, dramas or whatever we spend your time watching, should reflect our country’s reality.
And the reality is…
The average American woman is a size 14, which falls into the plus-size category. We are the majority, and are living lives no different from our sisters of the non-plus-sized minority. In fact, with body confidence movements, and changes in plus-sized fashion, full-figured women are looking and feeling better every day. Plus-sized women are dressing well, going on dates (might I add with very attractive people) and enjoying life just like the women we see on television and in movies. (Hello Hips and Curves)
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So, why then is mainstream media not reflective of that? We can be the sex symbols, the desired ones, the preferred girls, and the girl that gets the guy, on America’s small and big screens. We are the girl with the great sex life in real life (oh, yes we do have great sex, but that is another discussion, lol!) I’d love to see that reflected in our entertainment.
Why do I care? Well, let’s be real; For better or for worse, the media plays a big role in what we like, what we wear, and with whom we associate ourselves. It is important that a medium as powerful visual media is responsible for reflecting its audience.
Social media has made it easier for people of all shapes and sizes to see plus-size women in a more positive light. Many people love plus-sized women, but are they really afraid to be seen with us in public? Media would have you to believe so. It is ridiculous. I feel, that if beautiful, well dressed, plus size women (like myself) were shown more often, it would erase prejudicial stigmas and make it that much easier for people to be comfortable with who they are and who they want.
Seeing a gorgeous, sharply dressed, plus-sized leading-lady in a positive light on the big screen would be awesome! Let us show Amber Riley in the position of power, wearing beautiful items and living a great life.
Why not show a Carrie Bradshaw type full-figured woman? How about Jill Scott in a “Love Jones” style flick. Maybe even a model/actress like Denise Bidot or Liris Crosse, playing the sexy lead role in a Jennifer Lopez or Paula Patton type romantic movie? The one who is not sad or envious of people who are smaller than her. A woman who is the social leader of her group and has tons of men after her.
Don’t get me wrong—seeing actresses like Christina Hendricks, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, and Gabby Sidibe gives us hope that plus-sized women will be seen more frequently in television and movies. But, these writers need to get a little more creative and think outside of their own perceptions and prejudices.
With that Being said, Melissa McCarthy has her movie, Tammy coming out shortly, will you see this?
Watch the trailer for TAMMY HERE
There is so much room for opportunity here. I wonder who will step up? Who would be YOUR Plus Size Sex Symbol? What do you think about Plus size representation on TV?
Essie Golden is a fashion blogger and plus size model from Orlando, Florida who currently resides in New York. Her blog Golden Kaleidoscope focuses on personal style, plus size community issues, and positive body images.