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There’s no doubt about it; both mainstream media talents, singer Pink and actor Rebel Wilson, have embodied Feminism (whether they claim this as such  or not) in the fiercest form this week, through courageous visibilising displays of self-love and universal encouragement of Body Positivity. While Pink’s forum for expression has been mostly the social media realm of Twitter, she utilized it aptly to respond eloquently and wittily to serious Fat Phobic Fat Shamers {recall my article defining these terms last weekKelly Clarkson Serves as Latest Celebrity Scapegoat for the Societal Disease of Fat Phobia}. Rebel, on the other hand, showcased her jaw-droopingly amazing take on a Victoria’s Secret Angel look on stage at the MTV Movie Awards, literally taking America by surprise through confrontation of their societally enforced fat hating beliefs by donning clothes that showed-off all her deliciousness. Somehow missed it? Check out both of these fantastically fierce Feminist acts in the form of two unexpected sources, below:


How Pink Tackled Her Twitter Haters and Stops Fat Shaming in its Tracks

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(photo source: @Pink Twitter)

After Pink received hateful Tweets based upon her appearance at a Cancer Benefit of all things, she responded in full-force with this epic diatribe:

“I can see that some of you are concerned about me from your comments about my weight, you’re referring to the pictures of me from last night’s cancer benefit that I attended to support my dear friend Dr. Maggie DiNome. She was given the Duke Award for her tireless efforts and stellar contributions to the eradication of cancer. But unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you. While I admit that the dress didn’t photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful…So, my good and concerned peoples, please don’t worry about me. I’m not worried about me. And I’m not worried about you either. I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off. Thanks for your concern. Love, cheesecake.”  -Pink

I truly appreciated the succinct and somewhat sarcastic yet sincere way Pink chooses to highlight the true fucked-upness of where society’s priorities lie – highlighting chronic illness in the process. She later posted a photo of herself with hunky hubby Carey Hart at the benefit, citing a experience she had of him lovin’ on her hot curvaceous, “post-pregnancy” (aka motherhood) bod while out in public – it seems like Carey knows how to love and respect his wife from the inside out, which is always lovely to witness, as well as to have as an example to other men too consumed by false ideals. #MoreToLove

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(photo source: @Pink Twitter)

I also really appreciated that the hatful backlash from the photo of Pink wearing one black dress (btw serious projection of your own shadows you Twitter trolls) not only inspired this epic self-love monologue, but inspired other womyn to share their own Body Positive photos and stories – which Pink then honored by responding/retweeting with love. We appreciate you wearing your voice for all of the underdogs both with strength and grace, Pink –  tonight we raise our glasses to you and to ourselves! #WrongInAllTheRightWays

[Related Article: 7 Body Positive Tips Never Going Out of Style]

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(photo source: @Pink Twitter)


How Rebel Wilson Took the MTV Movie Awards by Storm and Embodied Fat Ferocity

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(photo source: @rebelwilson Instagram account / K.I.T via Twitter)

Rebel’s onstage look certainly stole the show, but it is important to give a shout out to her Red Carpet look – I found it rather demure and conservative, but with a delightfully playful pop of color, which I adore (that capelette, party of me please).

Rebel reveals to Confidenti@l of the NY Daily News that she wore angel wings to the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday to protest the small size of models typically used by major brands (including Victoria’s Secret). Rebel says here, “I think one of the messages is that we are all beautiful and sometimes girls look at Victoria’s Secret models and think to model themselves after that. I really don’t think that is the best. Even though they are called models, they are not the best people to model yourself after, and I would like to encourage other girls to think like that.”  Proceed with caution Rebel; encouraging girls to THINK is risky business in a country that makes a massive profit off of the traumatic experiences it subjects womyn of all ages to. But in all no T, no shade seriousness – you rocked the shit out of that midriff bearing sequined bra number, and make me want some highwaisted leather pants (excuse e moi all you pretentious Vegans out there – I meant to say faux-leather).

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(photo source: @rebelwilson Instagram)

While I must admit I have had qualms with some of Rebel’s Fat Shaming acting roles from the past (i.e. I do not find it funny when female actresses are hired to play “the fat friend” or “the clumsy slob” or “the class clown” etc., then having to make fat jokes about themselves, I find it harmful and perpetuating of fat phobia and fat shaming), I can also admit that in this very visible mainstream media moment Rebel OWNED IT and totally embodied a Body Positive Feminist Activist simply by existing confidently and unapologetically in her own beautifully bigger sized body – which she decorated and celebrated (all while raising awareness about the fucked up nature of current societal beauty norms). IN THIS MOMENT, REBEL MADE THE INVISIBLE, VISIBLE, and told everyone to “THINK” courtesy of her Bootyliciousness.


When Rebel was ridiculously asked by @Confidential if she would ever walk in a Victoria Secret fashion show, she said that sometimes she wears their bras, which was the one element I learned about the night that did actually surprise me (especially as that brand has such limited sizes and are notorious for promoting only the one societally “perfect” body type).

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(photo source: @rebelwilson Twitter)

I also appreciate Rebel’s #weareALLBELLAS attached to her post, which refers to the body diversity represented in the movies Pitch Perfect 1 (and now 2), and in my mind can be read as #weareALLBEAUTIFUL – now that’s a Body Positive message you can SERVE for us in heaping sizes MTV! Thank you for your courageous honesty and outstanding attitude Rebel, not to mention how hard you werk that fashion sense of yours! To any hater I simply say: #FuckFatPhobia !


Newsflash to Rebel and all our Body Positive Readers: Lane Bryant just launched their #ImNoAngel Campaign which is taking off like wildfire in the Size Acceptance community, and directly confronts everything the Victoria’s Secret brand stands for. While Lane Bryant does leave me unimpressed in much of their clothing designs (i.e. not even my 85 year old self would be bored enough to wear some of them), their lingerie line has not been one of them. In fact, their bras and underwear has been some of the most supportive I have had thus far in life. Plus, currently, their beautifully simple yet complex ads feature two of my longtime favorite Plus Size Models: Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine – #WERKKKK!

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(photo source: @LaneBryant Instagram account) 



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