Jes Baker is a woman who is making waves with her new campaign: #FatGirlsCan. Baker owns a blog called The Militant Baker, and she advocates for loving your body and self. An overweight woman herself, Baker wrote a book called Things Will No One Will Tell Fat Girls. The overwhelmingly positive response to the book is what caused Baker to launch her campaign #FatGirlsCan.
The campaign starts here with the video below, and then girls can participate in the #FatGirlsCan challenge!
To do the #FatGirlsCan challenge, girls must:
1. Think of something that someone said you couldn’t do because of your body.
2. Take a photo of you DOING that thing that someone said you couldn’t.
3. Tag that photo on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram with the hashtag #FatGirlsCan.
4. Celebrate your awesomeness.
5. Repeat #4 as many times as you like.
Baker’s message is that fat is just an adjective — like fuzzy or blue — and it shouldn’t be coupled with a negative connotation. Being fat doesn’t mean that you are dumb, lazy, or lonely. Your body weight says nothing about who you are as a person, yet our society has created a stigma that goes along with obesity. Overweight women can run marathons, have successful careers, find love, and, most of all, be happy.
Baker travels the world speaking to college campuses and other organizations. She has been featured on CNN, the Today Show, the Huffington Post, and many more. Through her website, she advertises companies that cater items for fat girls, such as plus-sized lingerie and swimwear.
Baker is able to recognize that loving your body is a key to true happiness. No one should be treated as lesser because of their size and shape. Baker has made it her mission to get this message across as much as she can, and she promotes loving every aspect of yourself, from your rolls to your cellulite.
Go on Twitter and Instagram and search #FatGirlsCan to witness the thousands of girls who are participating in this beautiful and inspiring movement.