When I was a little girl, definitely in the 10 and under range, I was kind of obsessed with Barbie coloring books. I had a gajillion Barbie things, but I really loved the coloring books because there was so much potential for Things To Color. Sure, the Barbies themselves had to be some variety of skin colored, whatever shade of skin that happened to be. BUT THEIR CLOTHES. I could color that whatever I wanted – including patterns. Polka dots everywhere, y’all.
The Barbie coloring books were great – there were a lot of fun fashions in there. But they were also really just page after page of really thin women. Obviously there’s a lot shaping our world view when we’re kids but I was a fat kid and I can’t say those coloring books didn’t contribute to my body hate, you know?
A couple of Wiscons ago, I was on a panel that asked, essentially, where are all the fat butches in space?
Nicole Lorenz drew me one.
It pretty much blew my mind and made me incredibly happy.
And then she kept drawing fat ladies in space! And it was AWESOME!
That’s the short version of how Nicole Lorenz created the Fat Ladies in Spaaaaaaaaace coloring book, which features 16 fatty space farers doing what they do – trekking across the universe in whatever style suits them best.
I’ve been so incredibly excited about this. And there is, in fact, a giveaway in the works!
But if you’re an overeager beaver like me, you can also buy a copy for your very very own.
Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace
a body-positive coloring book
Authored by Nicole Lorenz
That’s on createspace. Here’s the amazon link – it’s just not active yet.
I don’t know if I’m allowed to show y’all – but I am in the coloring book! Basically, it’s the best picture of me in my entire life. *laugh* Because there is a unicorn!!! And a questing tiara!
SO. I’m linking to this and hoping to spread the excite – because how exciting! Fat ladies who present in a variety of ways! The original fat butch is in there and I can’t wait to color her some more (maybe I might have made some photo copies of the original drawing and done some color at the time, heh). I can’t wait to color in fat femmes and fat butches and fat bodies doing all sorts of awesome space-faring things.
How cool does this look?
The answer is: SO FREAKING COOL.
That’s about how cool Nicole is as well. Just saying.
Stay tuned for the giveaway information!
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