I’m contemplating belly tops becoming a summer staple for me. Normally, I think my fashion sensibilities are on the conservative/modest side, but I’m feeling like the general public needs to be exposed to more bellies & rolls.
Many full figured women are shamed into covering up every inch of their bodies. At the same time women of color are often over-sexualized in media representations. As a Chicana, my challenge is how to represent myself in ways that are body positive & not self-exploitative. There is a fine line, but I think the key is in my intentions.
Going against all societal pressures, this summer my BIG Girls Code will be to let my belly & love rolls come out of hiding because I think my belly is beautiful & I want to share it with my friends, family, & a few strangers who happen to pass by me! Despite my confidence, this will require a lot of bravery on my part. I do it because I see my fatshion as an individual act of resistance & self-determination that will have a positive impact on other women who see me & decide to free their bellies and rolls too!
- La Chica Mas Fina