EBONY Magazine Examines Black Women’s Relationships With Their Bodies

Photo from Ebony Magazine's "The Body Brigade" issue.

EBONY magazine continues to push the boundaries when it comes to tackling hard-hitting issues facing the black community.

The lifestyle magazine released one of its most controversial issues last November when its "Family Issue(s)" cover depicted a photo of The Cosby Show cast marred by shattered glass. The cover, meant to highlight the show's fractured legacy following the numerous Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations, set social media ablaze. Now, for its March 2016 “The Body Brigade” issue, the magazine tackles the often complicated relationship black women — particularly, curvy black women — have with their bodies.

The cover features blogger and plus-size swimwear designer, Gabi Fresh; singer-songwriter, Jazmine Sullivan; Orange Is The New Black actress, Danielle Brooks; and Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, Chrisette Michele (shown left to right, respectively).

Ebony The Body Brigade Cover

"The Body Brigade" cover, courtesy EBONY.

According to Buzzfeed, the feature story “The Curvy Confessionals” will explore “full-figured black women's relationships with their bodies, Oprah’s thoroughly televised dieting, and the ripple effect when one of the most powerful women in the world struggles so publicly with her body image.”

In an excerpt, Journalist Tomika Anderson writes:

"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."

Read more from "The Curvy Confessionals" feature here. The full conversation will be available in this month's EBONY magazine.


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