Fat Day TherapyPosted: November 17, 2008
I’ve had these pictures up on my Flickr photostream for over a year and I don’t ever get sick of seeing them. They’re like therapy. When I originally uploaded them to Flickr I had said that I find them inspirational whenever I was having a “fat day,” but I was a little misunderstood. 365 days of my year are fat days, this is true. I’ve never been a small person- I’m not someone who was a size 10 until I hit 25 then suddenly gained weight, so I have technically had “fat days” all my life. The “fat days” I refer to are more emotional fat days than physical fat days. The days days where you wake up and just feel BLAH. You look in the mirror and feel BLAH. You notice every single lump, every bit of cellulite, every faded stretch mark that you stopped noticing months ago, and you just feel plain ugly. You don’t have to be fat to feel like this and really doesn’t have much to do with how you look, its a feeling. Women and men of all sizes and appearances have days where they just feel fat ugly and unattractive regardless of how beautiful they are. I think though, as a fat person those days can hit you harder because you are already viewed negatively by society anyhow so to actually really feel this way is a double whammy.
Thats where these pictures come in. I can’t help but smile when I see these because Kelli Jean looks FABULOUS even though shes breaking every “don’t” rule ever created for dressing a plus size body. In fact, I think she looks fabulous BECAUSE she is breaking the rules for dressing a plus size body.
Rule 1- No lycra
Rule 2- No voluminous clothing
Rule 3- No strapless tops/ dresses
Rule 3- No loud overly bold prints
Rule 4- No belted waists
So who is the woman in the photos? Her name is Kelli Jean Drinkwater and she currently resides in London. To be honest I’m not sure exactly what her occupation is but she was connected to a London club night called Anti- Social (is this still going? does anyone know?), and she does some modeling although I’m not sure if thats a full time gig. I must go back and re- read the issue of I-D magazine that these photos came from so I can provide you with some real information not just what I can dredge up from my dusty memory archives. Kelli Jean’s Myspace page is here.
BTW- The three dresses she is wearing are by Oliver Garcia. I am unsure who the gold outfit is created by. Image from Kelli’s Myspace page and yes, I did ask before I used it!
Here’s a quote from Kelli’s Myspace page….
“I’m a freelance editor and filmmaker. I also perform in front o the camera , host clubs, dance around in my undies and I’m a model and actress. I check out http://www.ugly.org and search for moi x”
There. So now we know 🙂