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Reviews of movies, tv shows and ssbbw/bbw art and artists

Do you know of a movie or tv show that features ssbbw/bbw that you'd like us to review? Or perhaps you want to write a review yourself and see it in print! Or maybe you know of some great ssbbw/bbw art you want us to showcase. Let us know at info@ssbbw-magazine.com.

Review - The Hairdresser

"...a German theatrical presentation of the challenges facing Germany since the fall of the wall. With all of the dramatic challenges and changes in the last decade, this story could have been set in nearly any other part of the world. Our heroine shows real pluck as she facing nearly constant struggle and strife, with her weight being a literal and metaphorical tool regarding challenges, prejudices, and pain we carry with us. She is also a foreigner in her own land." 1

Gabriela Maria Schmeide stars as the irrepressible Kathi who is recently separated and struggling to carve out a new life for herself and her teenage daughter in her childhood home of Berlin.

Kathi is a hair stylist who approaches her work as an art form. She has a vivid imagination which director Doris Dorrie often gives us glimpses into. She begins her story trying to gain employment at a salon where she is told in no uncertain terms that she is not "ascetically pleasing" and won't be hired. Kathi doesn't give up or bow her head under this treatment. Her response is to take the huge financial risk of opening her own salon in the same building.

This film is completely unapologetic and refreshing in approaching the physical limitations and triumphs Kathi faces while she struggles with the loss of her married life, blatant size discrimination in the workplace, trying to connect to her angry teenage daughter, and the physical challenges that come along with multiple sclerosis. There is a fair bit of nudity, never gratuitous, which serves to bring us more intimately into the world that Kathi navigates.

There is a scene early in the movie that I feel represents the strength and delight I find in this film. Kathi stares sadly over the balcony while listening to music. The song begins with the lyrics "both fate and fear come by night... I'm sad... I was feeling something so bright... and looking for something just right ..." You can feel the deep sadness our heroine is dealing with as her eyes scan the horizon, searching for an answer that lies deep within. Then the lyrics continue... "Miracles happen... you can't stop them." Kathi's eyes, which a moment before were dark with unshed tears, are now filled with light, and she literally shakes her ample booty with gusto.

This is the heart of the movie. Kathi is determined to find positivity in a world that tries at every turn to beat her down. She smiles through tears, and faces the world with courage and head held high. She dons At times, you will laugh, you'll cry, and you'll shake your fist with anger. Most of all, you will cheer Kathi and her cherry earrings on through this ultimately satisfying emotional roller coaster.

I gave it five stars on Netflix, and I highly recommend you give it a watch yourself! Don't let the subtitles deter you. It has been stated that the English subtitles aren't as comprehensive as the original German,. While I'd love to see a more thorough translation, I feel that the body language and story speak for themselves. All in all, this Netflix find is a hidden treasure you won't be sorry to unearth.

1 Source: http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70132707?trkid=13462100

Submitted by: Toni Crane


Body Positive Coloring Book Project

Toni Tails is working to create a dynamic, diverse coloring book featuring all kinds of people of all shapes, sizes, and ages that girls and boys will LOVE to color! Her main goals are to create a really fun book, filled with activities and surprises that also just happens to be body positive. She plans to publish and sell the book as well as distribute free copies to low income parties, shelters, and community centers. Toni is hoping this will provide one small window of positivity that everyone can color into shining stained glass!

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You are an artist. How long have you been doing this?

Drawing has always been an integral part of who I am. I doodled all over my notes in school, and more than once, teachers have asked to keep them. I've done a lot of artsy odd jobs over the years, posters, painting the sets for plays, murals, drawing portraits- you name it, I've done it. I take commissions now for just about anything from logos, web graphics, cartoons, t-shirt designs to portraits, so not a lot has changed.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm a single mom of a terrific kid who is on the Autism Spectrum. I had a difficult childhood, and thus, I've regressed as I've grown older. I spend the majority of my time with my son, niece, and nephew. These kids educate me on a regular basis. Kids have a way of cutting through all the B.S. us grown ups layer into everything. They get right to the heart of the matter.

What made you decide to do a body positive coloring book?

My niece Jazmin is my partner in this project. She gave me the idea one day when she asked for a picture of a BBW to color. I drew one for her and, in that moment, the idea came to me to make a coloring book. I immediately posted it on facebook, and the feedback was amazing. Jazmin and I decided we would create a book that is fun and body positive. It's really important to me that it doesn't come across as contrived. I want to create a good experience for anyone that owns and colors in this book. We put a lot of time into each page.

Do you have others collaborating with you on this project (body positive activists? health professionals? etc.)

We are not working directly with anyone in the creation of this book. However, I have received the blessing and permission from several body positive activists whom I admire. They will be featured in this book. The ladies include; Ragen Chastain (she is featured in the free coloring sheet I provided with this interview), Tigress Osborn, Substantia Jones, and Marilyn Wann.

What do you want to see come out of this project?

A coloring book is a collaboration between the artist and the person with the crayons. It's an intimate connection because the art isn't truly complete until it's filled with color. It is my hope that what we make will inspire folks to look at themselves and at other in a new light. Even if it's subtle, seeing people of all shapes and sizes conveyed in a beautiful, positive light is bound to breed more positivity. If we are really lucky, it will crack open the door to a few stubborn minds out there as well. Whatever else we accomplish, we are adding another little bit of beauty into what is often an ugly world in creating this book, and it feels really good on a personal level. I am hoping to spread some of that around.

How can our readers help you complete this project?

If you use Facebook, please come on over to our fan page. The feedback and wonderful messages we get there fuel our creativity like nothing else! If there is something you'd like to see in the book, we'd be happy to hear it! We have a gofundme project in the hopes of distributing free coloring books and crayons as well. Feel free to check that out if you like.


Recruiting - Art/Entertainment Editor

We are currently recruiting for an Arts/Entertainment Editor. If you love love art, movies, tv, music, etc. and have a few hours a month to spare this could be a great position for you. Our Arts/Entertainment editor would provide content on a monthly basis for the Arts/Entertainment section of the magazine, including but not exclusive to, movies, television shows/specials, music, art, video games, etc. A previous editor interviewed Eddie Money and Ray Stevens. Articles are due by email no later than the 25th of the month. There is no financial compensation for this position.

All applications for the above position should be emailed to info@ssbbw-magazine.com. Please include in your application your full name, location (city, state/province, country), a valid email address, the reasons you think you would be a good fit for this position and a sample of your writing. This position should only require a few hours per month of your time.


BBW/SSBBW/BHM TORONTO BASH 2014

Club Curvalicious 4 Day Bash inviting Big Beautiful women and their friends.
We are proud to feature Ohio's Dark Chocolate M C Blackwell, singing his hits: "BBW" & "I want a BBW" and Kool VDJ Knight.

Club Curvalicious is presenting a four day bash (conference) extravaganza at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel from September 25 to September 28. Dinner, Masquerade black tie ball, entertainment, drinks, enjoy the Sheratons amenity's poolside, Spirit Bar, basketball, Caesar Spa.

You deserve an amazing weekend getaway so come to relax, party, meet and greet, have a great time let your personality shine and walk away with great memories and new friends.

Tickets:
$125.00 for the Saturday night pass includes buffet dinner, the black tie masquerade ball
$249.00 for full weekend passes, including the awesome club curvalicious swag bag.

Also we are having a raffle of 36 fabulous prizes, including a 2014 FORD FOCUS!

For ticket details go to: http://www.eventbee.com/v/club_curvalicious/event?eid=152011542


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