When news broke that plus size model, actress, editor and advocate, Mia Amber Davis passed away last week, it quickly became clear what an influence she had on the world and how greatly she would be missed. The blogosphere blew up with lovely comments about how Davis was as beautiful as she was kind, giving and intelligent.
This instant outpouring of love prompted me to quickly look up Davis' very impressive body of work, and it became very clear, even through the internet, that she was indeed a one-of-a-kind woman. This heartfelt personal account of Davis' life in Plus Model Magazine, which Davis was editor-at-large, was especially moving.
In reading that article and doing some research on Davis it became very clear that one of her greatest messages was to love ourselves and embrace every curve we've got. We are all beautiful women, and no one should be able to take that away from us.
When someone dear passes and we are consumed with grief, it is important to take a moment to remember all of the amazing things that person has done in life, and to continue talking about the issues they cared about. Mia Amber Davis' message will live and flourish if we stand up and make sure the world knows how gorgeous, precious, and worthy of respect we all are.
In this absolutely MUST WATCH video clip of Davis on CNN she discusses the impact of implications of sizism in our country and the "war on obesity".
"Sizism is the last acceptable prejudice. If you see someone who's overweight, automatically they're the reason for America's problems in the health care industry? That's absolutely not true. I know plenty of people who are normal size, who are straight sizes as opposed to plus size who have health issues.”
-Mia Amber Davis
In honor of Mia, and for the future wellbeing of every Body in this country how can we fight this type of prejudice? It seems like such an uphill battle when something as simple as sitting on an airplane can be a challenge for many of us. Is it as simple as flashing a smile at the next judging stare that someone gives you? Wearing what you want in public, not what you’re supposed to wear? Not being afraid to do something as simple as eating in public?
I am at a loss for the next step, especially with the world missing one of our most articulate and lovely advocates. But fortunately, there are so many strong women in this world fighting for our right to exist. I thank Mia Amber Davis and Plus Model Magazine for everything they have done for women of every size, and send love to Davis' friends and family during this tragic time.
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Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.