Those who swim in the Body Pos pond are probably already in the know about Substantia Jones’s Adipositivity Project—a photography series that aims to promote fat acceptance and broaden social definitions of physical beauty—but for those Ravishly readers who hadn’t yet had the pleasure of seeing Substantia’s work “in the flesh” (pun intended), Editor-in-Chief, Joni Edelman, stripped down to her skivvies to stand in solidarity with this incredible project.
“People will say this sort of brazen nudity is an act of exhibitionism or narcissism, that bodies should be kept private, sacred, covered. But I will get all the way naked to argue for visibility,” Edelman states in her editorial about her experience posing for Substantia Jones. “I poured over Substantia’s work long before she photographed me. I was looking at other nude fat people for a sense of solidarity, of self, when I hadn’t quite worked out how to live in this fat body, the body I had stopped abusing and allowed to simply exist.”
Fattitude has championed Jones for her work in the Body Pos community since we first started. Our co-founder, Lindsey Averill, says in her article for Bustle back in 2014 that Jones’ work is “an active statement” and “a revolution against an oppressive beauty regime” that make women of a certain size feel as though they will never be viewed as beautiful or sexy in their nakedness. “[Substantia’s] images of nudity are powerful,” Averill states, “because they are not just asking the viewer to look, but also to think and to change.”
We all know that the battle for change and fat acceptance is predicated on camaraderie within the Body Pos community, celebrating each others successes and disseminating our motion for change on every possible platform—so we are grateful that Joni has given Fattitude an exclusive portrait from her photo shoot with Substantia Jones to share with our fans on the Fattitude Blog and reiterate the important message she reminds her readers of in her Ravishly article: “loving this body is a journey, not a destination.”
A big thanks to Joni, Substantia, Lindsey, and all the brave Body Pos babes out there who are helping flip the script on bogus beauty standards.
Fattitude Intern Nico Cassanetti just finished her MFA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University. Her creative work has appeared in the A3 Review, Proximity Magazine, 3Elements, and others. She has written editorial pieces for Muses & Visionaries Magazine, LIFE | STYLE Magazine, TheFasterTimes.com and reviewed great literary works on index cards for her staff picks while working at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn. You can follow her on Twitter and Instragram at @nico_wins or on facebook.