Perhaps you’ve noticed the prevalence of the Headless Fatty a coin term by Dr. Charlotte Cooper. The pictures that accompany almost every single article about health, the “obesity epidemic”, diets etc. This phenomenon serves to make us seem all the same – just headless bodies that show how far we’ve all fallen into gluttony and fat and blah blah blah dee blah blah.
I think I told y’all a while back that I was doing a photo shoot of my dancing with Richard Sabel. Well, I got the pictures today. He did an amazing job and I love them and I decided to post them here. Why?
If you answered that I’m an ego-maniac who wants everyone to look at me…Congratulations – you’re about 25% right. But 75% of me is worried about seeing them with my head cut off beside a news story about how omigoddeathfatzarecomingforus, or juxtaposed against a fast food restaurant background, or having to read yet another random person with no health credentials telling me that I can’t possibly be healthy and I’m in denial. In fact, right up until I composed this I didn’t realize how scared I was/am to post these.
Because right now I have a secret crush on them and when I hit “publish” I’ll go public with my crush and give people the opportunity to judge it, and them, and me. ( For example: I have no problem with people seeing my dance panties at a dance competition – that’s why we wear them – but people who I work with seeing them in a close-up still…a little more nerve wracking.) So why post them?
I’m posting them as a show of rebellion against a culture that says my body can’t be beautiful. I am in love with my body in these shots.
And I’m posting them to add to the precious few pictorial examples I see everyday of fatties with heads.
And I’m posting them because I’m an ego-maniac who wants everyone to look at me. (But I’m doing it on the weekend – I promise to return to more substantial blogs again on Monday!)
For the record I’m 5’4, 284 pounds which makes me the fattest possible category on the BMI chart: Type 3: Super Obese. I think they should give me a cape… just saying. At any rate, my body has not been altered in these photos, this is what I look like for real. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may remember the judge who said that she couldn’t stand to look at me because my dress showed my arms. Well, this is that dress. Enjoy: