Searching online for fat women’s history won’t bring very many results. Especially if you’re looking for fat positive representation. Within the last year I started following the Historical Fat People Instagram profile and it’s opened my world to historical fat-positive imagery.
As a total history nerd creating this list of fat women throughout history was fun! From my favorite fatties from childhood to historic hotties, here’s a roundup of historical fat babes to round out Women’s History Month. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to name every person featured but I’ve arranged them in groups.
No fat-positive list is complete without Miss Piggy! She was probably the first fat positive character I saw as a child. She was an empowered pig that was serious about her frog boo and trying to be a good friend. Basically, goals!
Lori Beth Denberg
This babe is ALLLL That!
Kathy had me at Hocus Pocus.
The first one to show us that hot guys love fat girls! Go Ricki, Go Ricki, Go Ricki!
Are you familiar with Bridget in the Buff? It was a considered a gag gift featuring fat model Dawn Brooks. It became clear, quickly that some men prefer fat babes and Bridget in the Buff items were considered collectibles.
These vintage bordered photos give me nostalgic vibes.
I love discovering vintage photos of People of Color. These women have a silent power in their eyes.
Si-can-win or Creeping Woman
Nettie Gean Antelope
The Renaissance through the Victorian Era
The Renaissance is often regarded as a time when fat was in fashion. Here’s a look at fat babes during that time and the following decades.
Francesco Montemezzano “Seated Woman with Kerchief and Lap Dog”
Empress Elizabeth Petrovna
Portrait of Gubonina by Ivan Makarov
Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge
Black Fat Femmes
Black women lead revolutions. From civil rights to working wages here are some of the ladies who led the way.
Beulah E. Sanders
The ‘Court Fat Lady’ of the Tang Dynasty
In a recent Fat Girls Guide post I break down the history of some ancient fat sculptures. I learned that Yang Guifei the buxom partner of Emperor Xuanzong made curves trendy during the Tang Dynasty.
These beauties let their talent speak for itself.
Viola Davis just revived an Oscar nomination for playing her in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.
Avent C. Rodriguez Varela aka “Baby Dumpling”
This bold beauty was a member of Dreamlanders, the cast of characters iconic director John Waters would often hire.
Love At First Sight
I’m including the following photos for no reason besides I love them. Enjoy!