Plus Size Bloggers Bring New Meaning To Beyonce’s ‘***Flawless’ Track

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It turns out, everybody is flawless, according to plus size blogger and positive body image activist Gabi Gregg, aka Gabi Fresh.

In case you haven’t heard or seen the video to Beyonce’s track ‘***Flawless’ it is a thumping display of a diva who knows who to dance, sing about being a powerful woman, and also includes (for your listening pleasure) a snippet of Nigerian author and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminism Ted Talk.

Aside from it already being a pretty feminist statement for the modern woman, it has inspired blogger Gabi Fresh to create her own version of the video to up the ante with the body image message. She recruited fellow plus size bloggers Tess Munster (one of our faves who we are already a huge fan of) and Nadia Aboulhosn to complete her own version of a Bey-hive and called the video #everyBODYisflawless as a statement to the media and their narrow definitions of beauty.

Gabi is pretty well known on the blogging scene, and has been in the media talking about body image quite a few times. She wrote on her blog why she and the girls made this video and why it is sometimes important to talk about the negative things that happen behind the scenes so that more people speak up and make it stop.

“As a fat woman of color, I’m often treated differently than my thin, white peers. By brands, by fellow bloggers, by the media… I get passed over for things I’m more than qualified for. I get stares and cold shoulders at fashion events. I hear whispers. I get hate mail and trolling comments from people who call me disgusting and say I shouldn’t be allowed in public,” she says.

“I usually just brush these people off, and I never give them power by addressing them here or anywhere else. But it gets tiring, and sometimes I’m really tempted to drop the lady-like thing and just kind of…go off. So when I heard Beyonce telling her haters to Bow Down in the song ***Flawless, I immediately fell in love.”

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She recruited Nadia and Tess because they too have had their fair share of negativity and hatred through their blogs. Consider this trio a “triple threat” statement against all the awful ways women are treated and portrayed in society.

“I wanted to show that 1) we are not competing to be the Top Dog in our niche–we are supportive of each other and are all working toward the same goal: body positivity and inclusivity. And 2) you don’t have to be a certain size to claim your flawlessness. Fat is not a flaw,” she said.

“This video is dedicated to the mainstream media, to the fashion industry, to internet bullies, and to anyone else who thinks it’s their right to try to make us feel less than because of their insecurities.” YES! Preach it sista!

We can never have enough examples of women supporting each other and setting a positive example. Nadia also wrote about the video project on her blog saying: “I think in an industry like all three of us are in, everyone is so competitive.”

“What I love about Beyonce’s video is she speaks on feminism (which I’m huge on) and also shows a clip in the beginning of Girls Tyme losing the competition. I kept watching the Beyonce video over and over again and it sparked my mind for our video to be more personal. I turned to Gabi and was like, ‘I have an amazing idea for the beginning of our video. We should put up clips of interviews all three of us did in the past where we spoke about how we deal with society’,” she said.

“I was so tired of people telling me over the years what I should and should not wear, how I should act, who I should be…Every day it seems like there are more and more advertisements, magazine pages, and commercials brainwashing people…you define your definition of beauty. Don’t let anyone tell you to be or look a certain way. We are all flawless and to keep reminding yourself of that.”

“…the message is incredibly powerful and I really hope it opens up people’s minds.”

There’s no reason we shouldn’t all be walking around with the confidence of Beyonce every day. Our bodies are unique, precious and flawless. Nothing can change that or take it away. Let’s try to stop giving our power away to the media and the advertising industry.

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