From L to R are Sondra Solovay, Marilyn Wann and Heather MacAllister, members of the Bod Squad, a group of cheerleaders composed of fat women who perform in public to promote the pro-fat acceptance movement.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment

Proud To Be Fat: The Big Beautiful Women

In a society that is obsessed with loosing weight by any means, some fat women have decided to take the complete opposite approach and proudly accept their bodies.

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They are joining a growing number of women under the pro-fat acceptance movement that promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. These women feel no shame in describing themselves as fat or big and participate in activities that would leave a lot of thinner ladies exhausted.

Some of these women are based in the San Francsico Bay Area and have taken the lead in the pro-fat or size acceptance movement and created various fitness and artistic groups that demonstrate their beliefs. Their activities range from fitness training to burlesque shows and from hip-hop dancing to synchronized swimming.

Among these women, Marilyn Wann, Marina Wolf, Heather MacAllister, Shirley Sheffield et Jennifer Portnick are five Beautiful Big Women (BBW) who are leaders in this movement and try to change the way society perceives fat people.



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From L to R are Sondra Solovay, Marilyn Wann and Heather MacAllister, members of the Bod Squad, a group of cheerleaders composed of fat women who perform in public to promote the pro-fat acceptance movement.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Sondra Solovay (L) and Marilyn Wann, members of the Bod Squad, a group of cheerleaders composed of fat women who perform in public to promote the pro-fat acceptance movement.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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From L to R are Marilyn Wann, Heather MacAllister and Sondra Solovay, members of the Bod Squad, a group of cheerleaders composed of fat women who perform in public to promote the pro-fat acceptance movement.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Marina Wolf during a rehearsal  session of the Phat Fly Girls, a hip hop performing ensemble featuring fat dancers. Wolf  is founder and director of Big Moves, the only service organization in the world dedicated to promoting size diversity in dance.    The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Carol Squires warming up before a rehearsal  session of the Phat Fly Girls, a hip hop performing ensemble featuring fat dancers.  The  Phat Fly Girls shows are produced by Big Moves, the only service organization in the world dedicated to promoting size diversity in dance.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Carol Squires warming up before a rehearsal  session of the Phat Fly Girls, a hip hop performing ensemble featuring fat dancers.  The  Phat Fly Girls shows are produced by Big Moves, the only service organization in the world dedicated to promoting size diversity in dance.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Carol Squires warming up before a rehearsal  session of the Phat Fly Girls, a hip hop performing ensemble featuring fat dancers.  The  Phat Fly Girls shows are produced by Big Moves, the only service organization in the world dedicated to promoting size diversity in dance.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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During a rehearsal  session of the Phat Fly Girls, a hip hop performing ensemble featuring fat dancers.  The  Phat Fly Girls shows are produced by Big Moves, the only service organization in the world dedicated to promoting size diversity in dance.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Marina Wolf during a rehearsal  session of the Phat Fly Girls, a hip hop performing ensemble featuring fat dancers. Wolf  is founder and director of Big Moves, the only service organization in the world dedicated to promoting size diversity in dance.    The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Marina Wolf during a rehearsal  session of the Phat Fly Girls, a hip hop performing ensemble featuring fat dancers. Wolf  is founder and director of Big Moves, the only service organization in the world dedicated to promoting size diversity in dance.    The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Performers during the Fat-Bottom Revue, a burlesque show featuring fat artists in a mixture of classic stripper-jazz numbers and erotic comedy. The show is produced by Big Moves, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that promotes size diversity in the dance world.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Performers during the Fat-Bottom Revue, a burlesque show featuring fat artists in a mixture of classic stripper-jazz numbers and erotic comedy. The show is produced by Big Moves, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that promotes size diversity in the dance world.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Performers during the Fat-Bottom Revue, a burlesque show featuring fat artists in a mixture of classic stripper-jazz numbers and erotic comedy. The show is produced by Big Moves, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that promotes size diversity in the dance world.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Performers during the Fat-Bottom Revue, a burlesque show featuring fat artists in a mixture of classic stripper-jazz numbers and erotic comedy. The show is produced by Big Moves, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that promotes size diversity in the dance world.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Heather MacAllister, better known as Ms. DeMeanor,  during the Fat-Bottom Revue, a burlesque show featuring fat artists in a mixture of classic stripper-jazz numbers and erotic comedy. The show is produced by Big Moves, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that promotes size diversity in the dance world.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Performers at the end of the Fat-Bottom Revue, a burlesque show featuring fat artists in a mixture of classic stripper-jazz numbers and erotic comedy. The show is produced by Big Moves, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that promotes size diversity in the dance world.   The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Heather MacAllister, better known as Ms. DeMeanor,  (L) and Marina Wolf at the end of the Fat-Bottom Revue, a burlesque show featuring fat artists in a mixture of classic stripper-jazz numbers and erotic comedy. The show is produced by Big Moves, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that promotes size diversity in the dance world.                      The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Patrons of all sizes enjoy dancing and partying at the Big Boogie Nights, a nightclub event opened to all fat people who do not feel confortable going to regular nightclubs. Big Boogie Nights describe itself as "where the big beautiful people love to party". The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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A party goer gobbling a jello portion made withTequila. Patrons of all sizes enjoy dancing and partying at the Big Boogie Nights, a nightclub event opened to all fat people who do not feel confortable going to regular nightclubs. Big Boogie Nights describe itself as "where the big beautiful people love to party". The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Patrons of all sizes enjoy dancing and partying at the Big Boogie Nights, a nightclub event opened to all fat people who do not feel confortable going to regular nightclubs. Big Boogie Nights describe itself as "where the big beautiful people love to party". The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Patrons of all sizes enjoy dancing and partying at the Big Boogie Nights, a nightclub event opened to all fat people who do not feel confortable going to regular nightclubs. Big Boogie Nights describe itself as "where the big beautiful people love to party". The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Patrons of all sizes enjoy dancing and partying at the Big Boogie Nights, a nightclub event opened to all fat people who do not feel confortable going to regular nightclubs. Big Boogie Nights describe itself as "where the big beautiful people love to party". The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Patrons of all sizes enjoy dancing and partying at the Big Boogie Nights, a nightclub event opened to all fat people who do not feel confortable going to regular nightclubs. Big Boogie Nights describe itself as "where the big beautiful people love to party". The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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Patrons of all sizes enjoy dancing and partying at the Big Boogie Nights, a nightclub event opened to all fat people who do not feel confortable going to regular nightclubs. Big Boogie Nights describe itself as "where the big beautiful people love to party". The pro-fat acceptance movement promotes body-acceptance and fitness at any size. It fights to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment
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