This past week, a lot of images of comedienne and actress Monique have been floating around. In the image, the one time author proudly displays a much slimmer figure, over 80 pounds lighter than she used to be.
While I really commend Monique for losing weight and doing it through hard work, as opposed to some procedure, I can’t help wondering why she expects us to ignore the fact that she used to encourage obesity.
In 2o04 Monique wrote a book called “Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World” In the book, the comedienne says:
“It is NO secret that I am a BIG girl.
Always have been, always will be.
The only way I’ll ever wear a size 6, or even a 16, is if you add them together. That’s right: I wear a size 22. And I’m proud, because I wear it well.
HeII, even Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder can see that!”
Now, here we are in 2013: Monique is over 80 pounds lighter and what she says she wants is to show women that they don’t have to take pills or undergo invasive surgeries to lose weight. Monique encourages women to lose weight the good old fashioned way; eating healthier and exercising.
The issue that I have with Monique’s message , even though I agree with it, is that it contradicts her old message. Her old message encouraged women to embrace being overweight, obese and even corpulent. Again, I agree with the message that women should love themselves, but I also think we should love ourselves enough to take care of our bodies and our health and well-being.
I’m not saying that Monique doesn’t have the right to change her mind, if she so chooses. What I am saying is that Monique needs to acknowledge that her old message was destructive, instead of trying to pretend that the women she told that being obese was “beautiful” are fools and did not realize that she jumped ship.
Nomalanga helps Black women thrive in their lives and careers. She is a Social Commentator, an Editor at Your Black World , Assistant Professor of Professional Studies and the reigning Mrs Botswana. Visit Nomalanga’s Facebook page or Follow her on Twitter