Someone Who _______ Like Me

3 May

It’s the time of the year when the sun is starting to re-surface in Michigan, the time when the school year is over and I can sit and relax, and usually (not always but often) this also means catching up on my television watching, especially with “America’s Next Top Model,” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

There was something prominent in both episodes that I watched yesterday with past ANTM winner Krista White as well as with RuPaul’s newest winner Raja

When asked why they should win, they both answered that they wanted kids to know that there are people who looked like and felt weird like them—who can win, or become winners.

Now, both said this before they won and both went on to win. Which begs the question, if this is the message that winners say, why aren’t more people saying it?

Granted, despite both being beautiful and both being (for lack of a PC term) brown, they don’t seem to have a whole lot in common other than the fact that they represent a group of people whose beauty has not always been appreciated.

But this is a conversation to be had about more than just pretty people who are unconventionally attractive. I appreciate that this is being said but it’s an active point of conversation in more than just racial contexts.

The Adipositivity Project, is a prime example straight out of the Fat Positive community and with images like this one after the cut, one can see why… the image is a little NSFW, beware there is butt-crack ahead!:

Check out the full story and more images here.

But to summarize it a bit, the project seeks to show more images of this particular under-represented group.

I guess what I’m mulling over here boils down to this: we are a highly visual culture and it’s clear that the images we see effect how we understand beauty and, even more than that, normalcy. And the mass-movement is to show more variety, to demand of Fashion Week to have more diversity and more realistic looking people.

We celebrate the move towards diversity of face and size every chance we get in reality shows and more. But I guess I still want more. Is this moving toward a movement, or is this just us rolling our politically correct wheels in the mud?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see, for now though, there’s a domino effect of issues that won’t be stopped. And I’m curious to go along with the ride.


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