Every month I have the pleasure of writing our Plus Size Community Highlights, and I think probably every month since I started writing them I’ve featured Stephanie Yeboah of Nerd About Town in some way. Last month Steph wrote so many important blogs that we decided she needed a whole post of her August highlights!
In ‘Facing the Fear‘ Steph talks about the importance of facing your fears, whether that’s a daring outfit, or returning to a physical place where trauma occurred, both of which she does in this post. I think this is one of my all time favourite outfits I’ve ever seen anyone blog ever, it’s all kinds of goals! All of Steph’s photography is by the incredible Fordtography and together they make a kick ass team.
‘Chocolate Orange’ features not only a gorgeous outfit that proves orange is 100% Steph’s colour, but that also shares a confession; that Steph used to bleach her skin. Reading her story of her teenage years spent hating her dark skin and wishing she could be lighter is heartbreaking. But reading how she overcame that to love her skin, and become the role model she is today is something all young women of colour need to read. Colourism within the black community is an issue you don’t often see in the media because the media is so white, and Steph tackles these hard subjects on her blog.
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Next is ‘Black fat women matter too‘. Addressing how very white our UK plus size community is so important, and raising up the voices of those who are marginalised is essential. At SMB we believe it is our responsibility to help do that as a predominantly white group, we must use our white privilege to help black voices be heard. (As a side note, we are always looking for new writers, especially those from minority groups, so please get in touch!)
‘Fat black women are a forgotten demographic, especially in the UK. It’s ironic seeing as the body/fat positivity movement was spearheaded by black fat femmes years ago yet we are somehow erased from all of it. Fat black women do not only have to deal with fatphobia, we have to deal with misagynoir, racism and colourism from our own communities.’ (Stephanie Yeboah, 2017)
— Stephanie Yeboah (@NerdAboutTown) August 21, 2017
And finally, Steph spoke to Good Morning Britain about hate crimes on social media. While plus size people get a lot of abuse on social media, the abuse that Steph faces as a fat black woman online is beyond anything you can imagine. Being white online gives a lot of privilege and protection from trolls and hate. Steph is constantly vocal about the abuse that she faces to try and do something about it so that others don’t have to go through the same. As well as appearing on Good Morning Britain Steph also recently addressed the British Youth Council in Parliament! Standing up and fighting against internet hate crimes takes so much tenacity, and the inner strength it takes to deal with that on a daily basis is astounding.
We at SMB believe that Steph is truly remarkable, one of the most important voices in our community, and we want to do all we can to raise her voice up so more people can hear it. She’s one to watch for the future, she’s going to be everywhere and lead the way.