You’ve probably seen a version of this story in the news: a fat person is publicly shamed, becomes “motivated” to lose weight then shares his/her “secret”. Or, like Shauna Arocho, are fat shamed but vigorously defended because they’re in the process of losing weight.
While I respect people’s choices to do with their bodies as they want, I wish that, instead of celebrating weight loss, more people challenged and changed a society that stigmatizes bodies simply because of their size.
Enter Jamie Lopez. After an embarrassing situation at a salon when a chair broke under her weight, she decided that it wouldn’t happen to her or anyone else again. Instead of changing her body to accommodate society she changed a little bit of society to accommodate fat people and opened her own salon in 2012. With wider chairs and benches that hold up to 800 pounds, Babydoll Beauty Couture ensures a pampering experience with no shame or discrimination. Jamie recently moved the salon from the Los Angeles area to Las Vegas to cater to attendees of the various Plush Nightclub events and BBW bashes.
When some salons charge fat people more for their services, it’s refreshing to see others like Jamie who are model examples of “if you want to see change, BE the change”. Kudos!!