Join Kath Read and Meagan Kerr for a discussion on why fashion and beauty for fat people is inherently political. From the availability of sizes and styles, to how fashion and beauty are marketed to fat people, and how fat people are expected to present to the world, fashion and beauty is loaded with politics for fat folk. Join us for a discussion about how it affects us, what we can do to protect ourselves and how to push for change. This session will also be a good opportunity for us to share resources, tips and tricks and how we actually feel about our clothing and beauty situation in a safe space.
In the interest of keeping our space safe, please keep in mind variance of privilege – race and colour, size variation, gender diversity, financial situation, disability, sexuality and other marginalisations all affect how we engage in fashion and beauty.
Kath Read is a librarian and long term fat activist who has spent more than 16 years fighting for the dignity and respect of fat people. She has been living with chronic illness for some time and has had to negotiate the health care system in both Australia and New Zealand as a very fat woman, to get diagnosis and care. She moved to Aotearoa New Zealand three years ago and lives and works in Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara – and absolutely loves it here! She can’t wait to become a real Kiwi.
By day she works in social media, and by night she writes about plus size style and life as a fat woman. It’s fair to say that Meagan Kerr (she/her) spends a lot of time on the internet! Meagan is a fat queer Māori woman (Ngāi Tahu/Kāti Māmoe/Ngāti Kahungunu) living in Tāmaki Makarau Auckland. She loves tending to her houseplants, singing at the top of her lungs, swimming in the ocean, and her goal in life is to pat as many dogs as possible.