Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)

In one of my favourite books as a child, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, the contrast between the lean hero and the fat backdrop is never better emphasized. The hero was Charlie Bucket. Augustus Gloop, on the other hand, was the obese nine-year-old villian. Roald Dahl wrote:
Augustus Gloop! Augustus Gloop!
The great big greedy ninecompoop!
How long could we allow this beast
To gorge and guzzle, feed and feast
On anything he wanted to?
Great Scott! It simply wouldn't do!
However long this pig might live
We're positive he'd never give
Even the smallest bit of fun
Or happiness to anyone...

There is little wonder why being overweight is often associated with sloth, gluttony, ill- discipline and other negative traits. Society can sometimes be cruel. It mocks and discriminates. But the most vicious attacks are often self-imposed. We start to believe that we are undeserving of happiness and, hence, incapable of achieving it. This in turn, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
This is a series of portraits of big and beautiful women who courageously allowed me to photograph them. Several already see in themselves their beauty and capabilities, and others are taking this bold step to seek the confidence they rightfully own. They are all remarkable in their own ways, and I thank them for the courage they have imparted to me through their own.

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