Danielle “Taystee” Brooks gave us thigh action in her latest feature in Glamour, but the 25-year-old actress takes a stroll down memory lane, exposing her thoughts on the journey to self-acceptance and growing comfortably in her skin.
Penning a piece on her personal insecurities on her weight and how acting alleviated her perception of her body, Brooks got real about the experiences that contributed to her uncertainty.
Even now, I still find ways to make light of the sadness I was in back then. When I was interviewed for a magazine recently, I joked that when my mother would ask me to go for a walk around the neighborhood, I would hide behind the house because I was lazy. But the real reason I hid was because I didn’t want the boys in the neighborhood to laugh at the fat girl walking around the cul-de-sac.
The actress also briefly spoke about her peers in the industry and not only did a little fact-checking on the average clothing size in America, but presented a question worthy of applause.
Attending the Golden Globes for the first time, I was aware that the majority of the other actresses in the audience didn’t look like me. But you see, the average woman is a size 12 to 14. Those actresses don’t look like most women. I’m not saying those actresses should gain 30 pounds, but I am posing the question, that if art is supposed to reflect life then why don’t the red carpets and magazines reflect reality?