"You're so fat."
This very three-word sentence has done an irreparable amount of damage on many a plus-size person's psyche. To be fat doesn't simply mean to be larger in the way that skinny means being smaller — it implies abnormality in a way that is... offensive.
With time, the definition of a word can evolve and often takes on new meaning —both literally and socially. That is why many women are aiming to reclaim the word "fat." Instead of allowing other to hurl the word at them as an insult, they are proudly using it to simply describe themselves, thus taking away the power from those who use it abusively.
Here are 15 bopo babes (and one amazing guy) on how they feel about the word fat. Spoiler: They may totally change the way you feel about it, too.
Curve model Jessica Vander Leahy thinks intention makes all the difference.
Plus-size fitness blogger Lauren Cronin is hyper-aware of the duality of the word.
"So when it comes to the word fat, I have two immediate reactions. One is found deep in the fact that it has been used as such a hateful word towards me that I despise it. It makes my heart ache and it's a feeling I wouldn't wish on anyone.
"On the other hand it is a descriptive word. and let's be real: I am fat, obese, overweight, plus-sized, whatever you want to call it... I am fat. That doesn't make me unworthy, unloved, or less than anyone else. All it does is describe the outside."
However, not everyone is down with the usage of this word. Pole dancer Roz the Diva is not here for being called it *herself.*
Plus-size model Troy Solomon feels its reclamation is essential.
Fashion blogger Shaina Tucker has a cut-and-dry relationship with the word — but it wasn't always that way.
Jewelz Mazzei, a body positive activist and model, has had a rather emotional journey with the word.
Founder of Adevi Clothing, Ratna Manokaran, feels "fat" cannot define her.
Anna O'Brien, the genius being Glitter + Lazers, doesn't have a problem with the word fat, but does with people who use the word unintelligently.
Activist Michelle Elman warns that while reclaiming the word is great, we need to be conscientious of its impact.
Sada Jean Brown, a body positivity activist, thinks the word and its usage is a case of simple semantics.
For model, poet, and writer Minerva, being fat (and calling herself that) is just simply who she is.
Evette Dionne, editor in chief of Bitch Media, feels "fat" is intrinsic to her identity.
Makeup artist Holly Quinn finds the abuse of the word utterly disgusting.
Fashion blogger Amanda Heckman says that while sometimes she still does get offended if people call her fat maliciously, it doesn't stop her from taking control of the word.
Jessica Torres, fashion blogger and influencer, feels that once we change how we feel about the word, we'll change our view on plus-size people in general.
"Fat is just a word. It does not place the value of who I am or how I should be treated. The sooner we take away all the negative connotation and power we have given the word, the sooner we will stop seeing fat people as inferior or less than."