Profiling SSBBWs and their views, thoughts and issues
To help inspire those SSBBWs who haven't yet gotten that they are wonderful, caring, sexy, special people. Someone who is accepting of themselves, who is happy (either alone or with a loving mate), perhaps someone who works or does good things for the community. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do. There is so much negativity on the net towards SSBBWs that we want to show the good side. If you know someone who fits this bill or feel you do and want to get profiled, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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August 2008 - We profiled Susan, a 45 year old from North Carolina
SSBBW Magazine: What is your current weight?
SSBBW Magazine: What body shape would you say you are?
SSBBW Magazine: Have you always been an SSBBW?
SSBBW: I have not always been a SSBBW. As a matter of fact the first half of my life I was rather small at around 132lbs at age 18. And I slowly started gaining weight. It seemed the more I dieted the more I gained once I fell of the diet wagon... add to that a very bad marriage where I think I ate to try to push him away (but of course that didn't work.. he seemed to like me all the more) and children... and over a 15 to 20 year span I "grew" into the woman I am today.
SSBBW Magazine: Why would you be an inspiration to other SSBBWs?
SSBBW:I suffered low self esteem for many years as a SSBBW. I was ashamed and felt ugly. I tried to hide my body and deny my weight. But over the past 3 years I have not only come to accept my size but I feel beautiful and very sexy. I've been with my boyfriend for three years and he has told me for three years that I'm so beautiful. But I didn't want to hear him. And he started sending me pictures and web sites of SSBBW's who did feel good about themselves (including ssbbw-magazine.com) and I started looking at these sites. The more I looked the better I felt about my own image. It was like the ugly duckling syndrome. There are many people that hate me for my size but then again people will ALWAYS find a reason to hate those that are different from themselves. I know NOW that you are as beautiful as you feel. Self hate is the WORSE thing a person can experience. We should not accept the negative things people say to or about us. I look in the mirror now, even fully nude, and I love what I see. I'm proud of me and the skin I'm in.
SSBBW Magazine: What are the joys of being an ssbbw?
SSBBW: I enjoy being a beautiful SSBBW. I don't worry about gaining 5 or 10 lbs... I accept myself and love myself as I am. I love all the attention I get for Fat Admirers. I love the way my body looks and feels.
SSBBW Magazine: What are the drawbacks?
SSBBW: Society is the biggest draw back. Too many haters. And I think it's way to acceptable to pick on the big girls and guys. I would LOVE to ride the rides at an amusement park with my children or site in a seat comfortable at the movies. Hey, We are fat and proud of it so get over it folks cause we are here to stay if you like it or not.
SSBBW Magazine: What is it like being an SSBBW in today's society?
SSBBW: It's a mixed feeling being a SSBBW in today's society. There is a lot more awareness today and a lot more acceptance but there are still those that hate and are cruel. I use to let them get to me with the laughing but now... I hold my head up high. To me I figure if they feel they have to try to make me feel bad about who/what I am they must already feel pretty bad about themselves because those that are happy with themselves and in their own lives what happiness for others as well.
SSBBW Magazine: How would you like to change society's view of SSBBW?
SSBBW: would love to teach people that we are all beautiful in our own ways and that there is enough room for ALL of us. Hate is not something one is born with, it is taught and I think people need to learn acceptance. My goal as a SSBBW model is to show society that a SSBBW can be just as sexy, playful, flirty and beautiful as all other women of different shapes, sizes and color. I want women everywhere to BE PROUD OF THE SKIN YOU'RE IN.
SSBBW Magazine: What do people/companies serving the public need to do to accommodate ssbbws?
SSBBW: Companies need to realize that the SSBBW's are here to stay. That not all of use desire to lose weight. The are missing out on business when they don't accommodate us. One BIG change I'd like to see is bigger sizes in NICE looking clothes. I like "hip" looking clothes and it's hard to find in a size over 12. I want to be able to do things that my smaller friends can do like ride a roller coaster, sit comfortably in a seat, buy anything I like, etc.
SSBBW Magazine: Can you recommend such people/services who do?
SSBBW: No, not really. NC is not a bbw or ssbbw friendly state. There is still a lot of hate for us ssbbw's in this state.
SSBBW Magazine: Do you follow any exercise or healthy eating regimes? If so, what are they?
SSBBW: No, not really. I eat what I like. I do walk from time to time because I enjoy it but I don't really exercise that much.
SSBBW Magazine: If you could wave a magic wand and be 130 lbs, would you?
SSBBW: NO. I find my body sexy.
SSBBW Magazine: Do you have a favorite overweight actor/actress?
SSBBW: I don't watch much TV. And I'm terrible with knowing actors names. I liked Chris Farely but I can't think of anyone else off the top of my head.
SSBBW Magazine: What would you like to say to all the SSBBWs reading this?
SSBBW: Love yourself for who you are and do NOT let others tell you who you are or how you should look. Self hate is not just a problem with SSBBW's there are plenty of smaller people with that same problem. Stop being your own worse enemy. Take a look in the mirror, a really GOOD look until you see the beauty in you.
SSBBW Magazine: What would you like to say to those just reading this out of curiosity about the SSBBW / FA community?
SSBBW: We are all just people. Variety truly is the spice of life. Get to know a SSBBW and you will see we are no different from anyone else. There are nice SSBBW's and there are some that aren't so nice. Don't judge a book by it's cover..open the pages and read what's inside before yo decide if you like it or not.
SSBBW Magazine: Thank you Susan (BlueIce@PicturePerfectSSBBW.com)