Over the weekend, I was strolling through Instagram (in bed and in my pjs of course) and saw something that honestly took my breath away.
What I saw were four beautiful, curvy women on the cover of Ebony magazine for its latest issue. One of those women was my favorite blogger, Gabi Gregg of GabiFresh, who has inspired me in so many ways since I’ve begun following her work. Singers Chrisette Michele, Jazmine Sullivan and Actress Danielle Brooks also were apart of the cover. The women, wearing identical Army-like, form-fitting bodysuits posed together in solidarity of body appreciation. The issue always discusses the issues women plus-size women face in our society.
Photos courtesy of GabiFresh’s Instagram
Seeing this cover made me happy in so many ways. As a black woman, seeing other black women of all shades coming together to create this cover was extremely inspiring. I was so happy they weren’t all one type of woman as far as skin tone. I also loved the fact that Ebony represented thick and curvy women for a body issue just gives more hope to the thick and curvy models, bloggers, entertainers and just every day woman. At 23, I can’t remember a time when I was a little girl looking at covers of magazines where I saw someone who looked like me or my mom, aunts or cousins. This cover and other recent covers that have highlighted black women of all shapes and sizes has only proven that we are continuing to shine despite the naysayers in the media and even in our own backyards. The April Ebony issue made me more unapologetically me and I hope it inspires young girls who have any insecurities about their bodies.
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