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Naomi Watanabe for Punyu.

Naomi Watanabe for Punyus.

When you think of Japan, you may not think of plus-sized women. Actress, comedian and fashion designer Naomi Watanabe is helping re-shape the image of femininity one curve (and laugh) at a time. Watanabe has been cited as a major inspiration for the Japanese pocchari (chubby) trend, which is paving the way for other folks such as la BIG 3 and the Shangrila maid cafe.

Shut up and take my money, Punyus!

Shut up and take my money, Punyus!

Watanabe became famous not just for her talent, but also her weight. She said “no” to diets after several failures, and embraced her natural body size. Now she’s a body-positive spokeswoman and cover girl for bigger women’s fashion magazine la Farfa. She has also created her own plus-size label, PUNYUS.

Naomi Watanabe on the cover of La Farfa, a Japanese magazine dedicated to plus size or "marshmallow girls."

Naomi Watanabe on the cover of La Farfa, a Japanese magazine dedicated to plus size or “marshmallow girls.”

Naomi Watanabe’s absolutely hilarious as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuMwdia6g1s&list=PLwlc_ob8W7dL70xLEbPbiMSSctuouA27p&index=3

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Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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