They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, but those words are hurtful when you live in a body that has been told it’s wrong. The use of photography is more than getting a good picture - it is about making sure we have the opportunity to shift the way the world looks at bodies that are fat, Black, and female. Ellise Antoinette Smith did her doctoral studies at Indiana University, studying Urban Education from Detroit, MI with a research focus on the experiences of bodies that identify as fat. With an interdisciplinary focus, Smith uses photography (#VisualActivism), podcasting, spoken word poetry, hip-hop culture, freestyle lyricism and social media as a catalyst to center the narratives of fat bodies. As an emerging artist and scholar, Smith has dedicated her life to creating celebratory spaces for marginalized identities that she also holds using frameworks such as Black Feminist Thought and Critical Race Theory to ensure the work and narratives around bigger bodies are included in academia and challenging the dominant narrative around body image acceptance. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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