Dascha Polanco’s NYFW Statement Is The Eff-U I Needed

September 13, 2016  |  

The presence of “larger” women as a conveyor of beauty is evolving and dramatically rising. As a debatable BBW myself, it is always inspiring to see other women wear confidence in unconventional and unique ways. Let’s take Amber Riley who earlier this year called out a fat-shamers insulting her size on social media. She responded with a calm, “My a– is fat. And the fellas love it. And so do I. So eat it!” We should also peep Danielle Brooks’ IG page featuring all of her golden chocolately-ness and increasingly fitter figure. She slayed at the launch of Christian Siriano’s new collection for Lane Bryant and rocked it out at the Jouvert Festival in Brooklyn.

Recently, Orange Is The New Black‘s Dascha Polanco peeked social media’s interest with her thighs-out, low-cut, black and white striped bodysuit with a Virgin Mary bedazzled, floor-length coat. Dramatic? Yes. Shocking? Yes. Regrettable? Hell no!

Dascha wore the outfit for the premier of The Blonds Fashion Week showcase, a show where many attendees come to demonstrate that fashion is daring and bondage is considered a basic accessory. Therefore, it is no surprise that Dascha chose to arrive in splendidly shocking attire. But what makes the outfit most bold is that Dascha’s ensemble flies in the face of critics who say she shouldn’t wear her legs out and let the entire world see her curvy proportions simply because they are larger than what society has deemed acceptable.

With this simple fashion statement, Dascha is signaling a big F-U to supposed societal and fashion expectations that you have to be a certain size to be free. Dascha’s thighs remind me of my own and her slayage is not limited to a “certain kind of thick.” So walk on Dascha and keep inspiring women to wear confidence in their individual way. Now, I might get a body suit and rock out with a bedazzled cloak. OK–maybe scratch the bedazzled coat.

 

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