October 20, 2016

Danielle Brooks Creates Series Of Stock Images For Curvy Girls

Photo Credit: Caitlin Mitchell 

Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

For women with curves who don't see themselves represented daily in the media.


Actress and star of Orange Is The New Black, Danielle Brooks has always been a woman with curves. "I have been plus-size since I was in high school and started developing like any other girl," she explains in an interview with SELF. But now she wants to use her voice in a new project designed to share body-positive images of curvy girls.

The project, titled 67% Project is a joint partnership between Getty Images and Refinery 29. The name's title reflect the percentage of women in America who are considered plus-size, or size 14 or larger. It's goal is to create a series of stock images that features plus-size women.

Refinery 29 highlights, that despite the fact that majority of women in America are considered plus-size, plus-size women make up no more than 2 percent of figures represented in the media.

"It's always been heartbreaking growing up...to not see myself. And now I am that girl I wanted to see, and I can't wait to see what it does for the next generation of women that are coming up."

The 27-year old actress Brooks, better known as Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson on OITNB will serve as the guest creative director for the 67% Project. 

"I was not the only plus-size woman, the only person of color, not the only one with natural hair, not the only dark-skinned woman," says Brooks.

View the 67% Project here. 

What were your experiences growing up as a curvy girl? Share them in the comment section below.

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Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie



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