On a lighter note than today’s previous post, WOW! Ms. Mikel Ruffinelli of Los Angeles, California has been getting quite the media attention this past week, but something tells me she has been a target of attention for much longer. The 39-year-old mother of four and plus-size model has been receiving much acclaim for possessing the world’s largest hips. At 5’4″ Mikel’s hips extend eight feet the whole way around, or 96 inches. Yet her waist is small and proportioned at 40 inches, creating quite an interesting shape — possibly a shape I haven’t quite seen before but can’t help being really artistically attracted to.
Mikel isn’t admirable for her hips alone, however. Her entire mentality about being plus-size makes her yet another emblem of a big&beautiful&bold woman. Though she struggled with body image at a younger age, and still receives snickers and stares, and even the occasional iPhone photographer capturing her on the street, she is now confident and proud of her curves, and insists that “big is beautiful.” In a way this gets me thinking of all the plus-size women out there who shy away from being photographed and conceal their bodies by means of hoodies and waist belts, and can’t help but feel a pang of sadness. But little by little, women like Mikel are freely speaking out about adoring their curves, and openly telling the world they love the fat on their bodies and wouldn’t change a thing. I think with people like Mikel, BBW models, plus-size celebrities and weight acceptance spokespeople, we’re hopefully seeing a few more bits of pavement added to the fat pride road.