I viewed my strength as a weakness

At high school the boys used to laugh at me and say I should have been a player on the All Black rugby team because I was so huge. As I walked passed they would make sounds of the earth cracking under my feet like a giant. Back then I viewed my strength as a…

What is MY favourite body part?

I haven’t written anything in a while and I feel like it’s time to get back on that keyboard and tap out some of the stuff that has been rattling around in my head. So here we goooo… During one of my Burlesque workshops recently there was a section where I ask my students to…

I am 40 years old, bisexual, married and a mother of two

I promised to do a photoshoot that has no beauty retouching on photoshop – I call it “pure beauty shoot”. The photos have only had the colour and contrast slightly adjusted. I also made a conscious effort to not hide behind my costuming. For example I would always wear high waisted panties to hide my…

I buried the picture deep in my archives to be forgotten

Yesterday I came across this old photograph where I was posing for an artist that wanted to paint a portrait of me. When she first showed me this picture I was horrified at how fat and floppy my belly looked. Back then I would never have dreamed of sharing a picture like this on social…

being sexy is not defined by your dress or bra size

After working in the Burlesque industry for over 11 years I have discovered that…. just because a woman has what society tells us is a “perfect” body doesn’t necessarily mean she is going to be the sexiest performer of the night. Sometimes it can be the woman that you wouldn’t expect to be sexy that explodes…

oh i can do that naked!

BY DOTTI MASCOTTI:  In my bio I say “I ran away from the circus” as my clown persona, but the real me ran actually away to Berlin from Chicago because of body shaming. I’ve done theater my entire life and it wasn’t until I grew boobs and hips did I realised I would never have…

Rubyyy Jones is creating love, light, art and inspiration

Rubyyy Jones, Winner of Most Innovative 2017 from Burlesque Hall of Fame on Vimeo. Music edited by: Lydia L’Scabies Glittering force of nature: Rubyyy Jones is creating love, light, art and inspiration. Rubyyy also teaches body positivity in her workshops: CONFIDENCE BOOSTER WORKSHOP! This is a one hour radiant workshop to give you a boost in…

I got a “Boooo” from the crowd

BY BETTY FVCK “We should talk about Body Positivity and Tolerance…. Body shaming happens with every body type, not only to bodies with overweight issue but many times to underweight or transbody too. I have been myself a victim of body shaming my whole life since I was a kid; considering that Ive been always…

Know that you are valuable

BY STELLA POLAIRE: “This add keeps coming up on my Facebook feed that has drawings of different ”bodytypes” and the words ”Know your bodytype” on it, apparently because there are different kind of methods to loose weight depending on your bodytype. I’m so sick and tired of this sh*t it makes me want to throw…