Jes Baker is known in the Body Love world as the Militant Baker and we, at #Fattitude, believe the title could not be any more suitable. She is a Baker by birth, not profession, so fans won’t find her on the Food Network baking cookies. They will, however, find the self proclaimed fiery body advocate, fat model, mental health professional, self-love enthusiast, professional rabble-rouser, crazy cat lady, TEDx speaker, soon-to-be book-author and mega-feminist, teaching others to learn to love themselves from head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
As one of the most powerful and popular forces in the self-love arena, this bodacious General is leading her soldiers into battle – fighting on the front lines in the name of the Body Confidence cause – with the intention of creating a world filled with respect for all, no matter their shape or size.
The “front lines” start at Jes’ blog and extend to working on the Body Love Conference, speaking at universities, writing books (Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living) and working with clothing companies (ModCloth, Hips & Curves, eShakti, SWAK Designs and Lola Getts) to promote more #fatshion.
Jes has made great strides in creating change within society, which is why #fattitude is featuring her in our Summer of Big Fat Love (#sobfl)!
1. What inspired you to speak out against weight bias? Learning the history behind WHY we feel so shitty about our bodies solidified my resolve to educate the world on the real and ridiculous reason we hate ourselves. It’s unnecessary, laughable, and not reason enough to buy into self-loathing any longer! I realized the power behind calling out the status quo and the life you can live when you are liberated from the lies. I want everyone to have the chance to experience it!
2. Why do you support Fattitude the movie? Why WOULDN’T I? Fattitude is giving the chance for fat individuals to speak out and reclaim their narrative. It’s also allowing a thought provoking conversation to happen for those who are unaware of media and it’s influence. Fattitude has the capacity to change everything.
3. Sweet or savory? BOTH TOGETHER!
4. Name one of your guiltiest pleasures. Taylor Swift. And I say that because her videos often have things I actively try and counter with social justice conversations but the reality is that I JUST CAN’T STOP LISTENING. *cause we’re young and we’re reckless… we’ll take this way too far*
Jes brings a spicy zest to what is often a serious discussion. And, while she has, indeed, made great strides in the Body Love arena, she’s had a harder time convincing her cats that they like to wear sweaters and bow ties. We can forgive her that one little flaw because she’s otherwise so flippin’ fabulous! And – she’s the most genuine. We love her!!!
Pre-order Jes’ Book today!
AND – of course, if you want to see Fattitude the Movie happen please donate. Even $1! There’s no donation too small!
Watch the Fattitude Trailer: https://vimeo.com/130980360
US DONATIONS: http://fiscal.ifp.org/project.cfm/754/Fattitude/