Road to the Conference – Saucye West, Sarah Harry, Justine Sutton, ASDAH

We are so very excited about the wonderful speakers and amazing sponsors we have lined up for The Fat Activism Conference this year that we can’t possibly wait until October to tell you all about them. So we’re continuing with our pre-conference interviews from a few  of them every week so you can see what an amazing team we’ve got lined up for The Fat Activism Conference to be held October 6-8 online at a phone or a computer near you.  Don’t wait to sign up.

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Keynote Spotlight

Saucye West

She began modeling in 2010, when she joined the team at Full Figure Entertainment based in Oakland as a promotional model. She has made a name for herself in the Bay Area as one of the only extended plus size models. She has done dozens of fashion shows for local designers. As well as worked with plus size designers in other regions.

Along with modeling Saucye is also an activist for size acceptance and a fat activist. Via her social networking sites, you will see her post inspiring messages and photos promoting body love and telling women to take back the word “fat”. And changing the energy behind that word from being a negative into a positive. And helping women of all sizes love themselves.

Saucye has been published in over a dozen print and online publications. Has been featured in body positive campaigns. And is a body positive influencer and inspiration leader.

In January of 2013 she lost the father of her child tragically. And she has been balancing grief with raising her daughter, modeling and working full time. But he always told her she was a star. So that is what gives her the drive to continue on, to give her child a good life and to make him proud.

Her goal is to let the world know that fat can be beautiful and glamorous, and that women of all sizes can be represented positively and work together. She also wants to bridge the gap between the fat activist community and the plus modeling community. She believes that it is imperative to have strong examples of what beauty is in all forms. And that there is a young girl out there who sees her and will be inspired. She says, “I didn’t have those examples growing up so I want to make sure this next generation does!” She believes that it is imperative to have strong examples of what beauty is in all forms. And that there is a young girl out there who sees her and will be inspired.

Can you provide us with a link where people can learn more about you or connect with you?

Website:  www.saucyewestplusmodel.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/saucyewest
Tumblr: www.saucyewestplusmodel.tumblr.com
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/saucyewestplusmodel

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Speaker Spotlights

Sarah Harry – Why working with Kellogg’s was a Fat Positive and Body Positive win

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

Fat Activism to me is like breathing. It’s essential for all of us to realise the inherent bias we have against fat bodies and start moving towards equality.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

It’s not OK to stigmatise and discriminate against one group of people for any reason, so fat activism to me is purely part of the intersection of equality for all people.

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?

I am going controversial maybe in my talk! I am going to talk about something I was criticized for and why I did it…hint…it involves “big food”

Justine Sutton – Asking For What You Need with ZAP! (Zero Apologies Plan)

What does Fat Activism mean to you?

To me, it means being visible, advocating for myself and other fat people… letting ourselves be seen in the world.

Why do you think Fat Activism is important?

It is necessary to break down the anti-fat bias so prevalent in our society.

Can you give us a hint of what we’ll hear from you at the conference?

I will share the benefit of my experience in advocacy and requesting accommodation in various public venues, with my Zero Apologies Plan—ZAP!

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Sponsor Spotlight

We are so happy to ASDAH as one of our Gold Sponsors for 2017!

ASDAH partners with service providers, educators and advocates to dismantle weight-centered health policies and practice, and is guided by the Health At Every Size® principles. ASDAH envisions a world that celebrates bodies of all shapes and sizes, in which body weight is no longer a source of discrimination and where marginalized communities have equal access to the resources and practices that support health and well being.

See more at https://www.sizediversityandhealth.org

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About danceswithfat

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be IRONMAN, Activist, Fat Person.
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