Some of these ladies aren’t still plus-sized — and a bunch of them aren’t even alive — but whatever the case, they have all been through plump periods of the soul. And their apparent lack of vomiting skills always gave them a refreshing heft, big lungs, and an ability to transcend their potential outcast status and become sexy mamas of song.
And of course there’s Ethel Waters, Carnie Wilson, Missy Misdemeanor Elliot, Martha Wash, and tons more.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 13, 2011
“Jackson has inspired debate over his cosmetic decisions because the residue of the ’60s black nationalism and the condescension of those who would pity or mock black Americans have met over the issue of his face, his skin tone, his hair”