She continued, “I told (my label) during this ‘Lotus’ recording, ‘You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it. They need a reminder sometimes that I don’t belong to them. It’s my body. My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore—my body is just not on the table that way anymore.” Whoa. That’s a pretty bad ass statement to make. A lot of us don’t think about how a pop star’s body is objectified by their employers and handlers as a moneymaker even when they have an amazing voice like Christina’s. It must be a harsh reality to face that so many people perceive being “skinny” as a part of your job. Remember, Christina is not a runway model, she’s a singer. She’s going to sound good no matter what size she is and that is just fact.
What I like about this is that she refers to herself as “fat”. Not in a negative way, not in a self-deprecating way, not in a way that makes her seem different from others. A lot of people use fat as a negative term, but fat shouldn’t be a dirty word. Fat is something we all have and is a part of our body. Some of us have more fat than others. Some of our body types are more prone to becoming fatter (Regardless of how healthy or unhealthy we are. We all have friends who down three Big Gulps and two cheeseburgers a day and never gain weight!). She is by no means overweight or the least bit unattractive. She is heavier than she was when she was 16 years old. Big deal. She’s fat and she very much enjoys being fat. That’s kind of awesome.
It really is courageous to stand up to the enormous amount of pressure Christina must have been facing. When employers are trying to manipulate you into thinking the people you work with could lose their jobs if you don’t lose pounds–that’s . . . heavy. Kudos to Christina for standing up for fat girls and telling her record label to shove it.
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