Beauty and body shape. A response to Maura at Maire Claire.
Beauty and body shape. A response to Maura at Maire Claire. avatar

(update: this was originally slated for posting on my photography blog at  I added an extra link to Smart Assed Masochist’s blog post that is not included in the original)

I’m sure by now most of you have seen this article titled: ‘Should “Fatties” Get a Room? (Even on TV?)’ over on Maire Claire about fat people.  If not, I’ll sum it up with this quote from the original article:

“So anyway, yes, I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.”

The author, Maura Kelly, goes on to a few lame attempts at justification but I’ll let you go read it for yourself.

There are some really incredible responses out on the net.  A few of my favorites are:

“Who wants to see happy fat people in love? Not Marie Claire!” – Fatshionista
“What Was Marie Claire Thinking With This “Fatties” Piece?” – Jezebel

And even my own Smart Assed Masochist got into the act with this rather scathing response:

“Fuckin’ Fat People!” – Happy Sadist

I could editorialize all night about the state of the fashion, television, entertainment and movie industries and their treatment of body types.   A few get it right; such as Dove with their Campaign for Real Beauty.

Instead of continuing to wow you with my ever so eloquent prose, I will show you examples of the kind of lady Maura Kelly would be grossed out to see, especially this way; in all her naked glory.

The model, K’la, is a dear friend and lover whose photos have graced the walls of art galleries, fetish shows, living rooms and websites for years. She is a life model for a local college and continues to model for photographers and painters as time allows.  She truly is a beautiful woman, inside and out.

I leave you with what I hope is a very eloquent and loud “FUCK YOU” to Maire Claire and the editors who approved such an unbelievable article.

(warning: photos are not work safe, but then so is this blog.)

Classical photo of a rubenesque nude model.

This photo has been exhibited in multiple art galleries and shows. A canvas print hangs over K'la's mantle in her home.

K'la enjoying a quiet moment of sensual pleasure.

K'la enjoying a quiet moment of sensual pleasure.

K'la sitting comfortably in the nude.

K'la sitting comfortably in the nude.


  1. Reply
    BookOfMirrors October 31, 2010

    Ah, thank you, my dear. As you know, those pictures, and the very positive feedback they’ve received in the many forums they grace, have had a huge part in improving my self-image… which, for the record, was never as bad as that article implies it should be.

    For the record, though, my new apartment doesn’t have a fireplace, so the print of Contemplative is now hanging in my office… within easy view of any visitor going down the hallway. 😉

  2. Reply
    BookOfMirrors December 10, 2010

    Just found this… a fabulous site…

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