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Iâ€™ll never forget the first time I watched Hairspray. (Iâ€™m talking about the original movie with the spectacular performance by Divine.) I was amazed that there was a plus-sized main character. I was even more amazed that her story was about having confidence and strutting your stuff in the body you have, rather than the tired weight loss, life transformation trope. And I freaking loved the fact that this girl was a fierce social justice warrior WITH KILLER DANCE MOVES. Thereâ€™s so much to love about this movie–from the fact that the skinny temptress does not win the man to Motor Mouthâ€™s epic â€œBig, Blonde and Beautifulâ€ anthem.
This was and is one of my favorite movies of all time.Â It is unapologetic and awesome and full of win.
This is unlike so many other movies that feature a fat character and fall so short of the mark.Â The Nutty Professor, I Feel Pretty, and Shallow Hal are just full of stereotypes and weight loss happily ever after stories.Â And Iâ€™m never a fan of a movie that features a skinny actor or actress in a fat suit.
Still there are a few other movies that have appeared over the years that I like an awful lot such as:
Little Miss Sunshine always makes me laugh. And I love the absolute unstoppable nature of Olive whose beauty show talent performance is absolutely epic.
Dumplinâ€™ was also absolutely adorable and addresses a lot of the themes bigger girls and adolescents face in society. It also captures that mother/daughter trauma so many of us have experienced.
The Mom/Daughter/Weight triad is also beautifully captured in the 2002 movie Real Woman Have Curves starring America Ferrara.
What about you? Any body-positive movies you particularly love? Want to write, direct, or star in one? Let me know in the comments below!