Just in time for Woman’s History Month, Ebony Magazine’s March 2016 cover features four of our favorite fearlessly full-figured beauties and we couldn’t be more elated.
Aptly titled, The Body Brigade, this month’s issue features blogger and swimwear designer Gabifresh, R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, Orange Is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks, and Grammy award-winning musician Chrisette Michele.
In the featured article, Curvy Confessionals, author Tomika Anderson and the aforementioned ladies lay it all on the line and openly discuss body image, black womanhood and self-acceptance:
Those of us who identify as chunky, curvy, plus-size, big, ample, full-figured, BBW, big-boned, thick, voluptuous, heavy-set or fat are fully aware of the obsession-rejection, push-pull, love-hate relationship society has with our physiques. What others may think about what we do or don’t eat doesn’t matter; the greater judgments, regardless of whether they are favorable, come from within.
Each of the four cover girls discussed their feeling on social media;
“We’re here!! Curves and all.” — Danielle Brooks
“I never knew I was “Curvy” until I was asked “what’s it like to be a curvy girl in the music industry”. Our bodies occur to people more than they occur to us and sometimes we have to stop and sit to talk about them. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and when the issue of curves is deleted, we will all just celebrate beauty. For now… Let’s talk about me and my girls sexy ass CURVES! I’m on the cover of @ebonymagazine!!! HALF NEKKID!!! And I’m SO PROUD!” — Chrisette Michele
“I’m so honored to be a part of such an amazing issue” — Gabifresh
“I don’t know abt the other girls, but I was so nervous!! Thank u @ebonymagazine for helping me to see my beauty and believing in my #sexy!” — Jazmine Sullivan
Sullivan also shared some behind the scenes video on her Instagram account;
In a world where thin is perpetually in, it’s refreshing to see such positive examples of women flaunting their God-given curves with confidence. Be sure to pick up this month’s issue of Ebony for more.