There are just so many parts about my identity that to be reduced to “plus-size woman” feels really ridiculous…I don’t even think that’s the most interesting part of who I am. I’m also very openly queer and political about that, and there are very few openly queer women in the fashion world, and that’s not something anyone talks about. I’m also Middle Eastern and Jewish, and I grew up in L.A. I feel like when the only thing we’re talking about is body, it reinforces the idea that that’s all that is valuable about women and that’s how we should be categorized.
if you ever doubt how willingly oblivious people are to romantic relationships between two girls i wrote a short story about lesbian vampires, used the word “lesbian” several times, and had them kiss, and my professor still said it was a “wonderful story about friendship”