Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jes Baker: Militant Baker, Tattoo Lover, My New Hero

For anyone not living on planet Earth and who hasn't seen/heard/cheered about Jes' response to Mike Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch's notable dumbass tirade about his clothing stores "model and customer preferences", then you have GOT to check out The Militant Baker. This woman is fearless and just freaking awesomely brilliant!

This is amazing and inspiring. For real. I was born thin, grew up thin, and started adulthood thin...and then I had my kids. Now, I am a size 14/16 and it's taken me a very long time to be comfortable with myself. Every piece of clothing in a department store is form fitting and snug. If it's not, then it's huge and would make even a skinny person look big. And the clothes designed for plus size girls? Muumuu, anyone?

The kicker? My husband actually prefer me now. And contrary to what Mr. Jeffries believes, most men prefer a little meat on the bones of their women. More to hold on to, as my hubby says. Otherwise, the "standard" size of a female model in today's society is the equivalent of a 12 year old boy...which shouldn't be attractive to ANYONE outside of a 12 year old girl. Because, really, just ewww.

I applaud Jes for her courage, tenacity, and kick ass, rockin body. As for the commenters who are questioning the male model in her photos being thin...the secondary purpose of these photos is to show that it doesn't take 2 thin people to be sexy, nor can "fat" women only be photographed with big men. There are just as many lean men in this world who find big girls beautiful, who find them sexier than their matchstick counterparts.

Great job, girl! Kudos to you...and also to Mr. Shay for being a real man and going against what is arguably the norm for his own profession.

While I personally am still not entirely comfortable in my skin, I can't wait for the day when I, too, like Jes can hold my head up and say "How do you like me now?!"