Every great feminist social cause on social media comes down to an excuse to get naked for clicks. All the tortured sidesteps and empowerment platitudes can’t avoid the inevitable barely covered nude cheesecake selfies. The best body shaming and resist activists are naked on Instagram. If Susan B. Anthony were alive today, she’d be covered topless in Paper magazine homaging her dollar coin etching.
The world’s most successful and only plus sized model, Ashley Graham, is on a torrid streak of naked magazine spreads and undressed promotional social media teasers. Somewhat ironic to note you can’t show a hint of nipple on Instagram, but 180 pounds of contorted lady flesh on a Westin hotel sheet is bumped to the front page.
Graham typifies the modern cult of lady celebrity personality where the loyalists back into an epically positive rationale for any act by the holy one. Once anointed, you’re untouchable. Ashley Graham could kill babies on Snapchat and her followers would praise her for reducing the world’s carbon footprint. Clearly titillating in the manner of a “normal” with tits and ass becomes a praise worthy radical statement of girl power.
Graham’s BBW army gushes in a manner that would make Jim Jones ask the flock to get a grip:
“Thank you so much for promoting something other than what we see every day, from a 20-year-old girl, I just want to say thank you for making me love myself when I look in the mirror. When I see you just being so gorgeous, defying everything this damn society says it gives me confidence, thank you, thank you.”
Those horrible 20-year old girls. Ashley Graham is 29. Ancient lady of wisdom. Plus nine years of Arby’s.
Graham is riding the commitment of her desperately lethargic sycophants while plotting her next pivot. If the commercial winds shift, she could be anorexic by next Tuesday. It’s one thing to learn your sports hero pops pills and masturbates to tentacle porn, another to learn your self-confidence goddess is playing you. Somebody 3D print the body bags. This one’s going to end messy.
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