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This Latina Fat Acceptance Activist Is Being Harassed After She Was Included In A ‘Cringe Compilation’ Without Her Consent

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Jude Valentin is a Latina woman of size with a presence on the Internet, so, unfortunately, she is familiar with the vitriol that comes with being a marginalized person with a voice online. But that cruelty escalated when she became the target of a hateful YouTube compilation video.

While Valentin is used to the occasional fatphobic comment on her own YouTube channel and Instagram posts, she noticed an uptick in cadence and comments even started getting violent. At first, she didn’t understand why, but then she noticed that one of the commenters referred to a compilation video.

After a quick search, she discovered that one of her vlogs was added to a “fat acceptance cringe” video. In these “Cringe Compilation” videos, which are trending on YouTube and garner up to millions of views, the creator pieces together awkward moments that are intended to make the viewer cringe. In some cases, these videos are innocent, including clips of clumsy circumstances and pranks. Increasingly, though, these videos are now being created to attack people from marginalized communities, including fat activists and LGBTQ+ individuals.

In the compilation video Valentin was included in, the creator used an entire vlog to mock her using some of her own videos and reaction GIFs.

“I think the most disheartening part of it is this person has 16,000 subscribers. I have barely 2,000 subscribers,” Valentin, a New York-based Puerto Rican content creator, told BuzzFeed. “I’m struggling to make ends meet. That’s the most frustrating part.”

Sadly, YouTube hasn’t been of much help to her, either. While Valentin did notify the video-sharing website, the company said the video did not break any policies.

“At YouTube, we understand the value of free expression and take great care when we enforce our policies,” a YouTube representative told Valentin in a direct message on Twitter. “As such, while we will take down content that crosses the line into threats or harassment when flagged, not all negative videos or comments will be removed.”

Valentin, understandably, was not satisfied with the response.

“Yes, the person in the video is not telling me to go kill myself, and they have a harassment disclaimer,” she said, “but that doesn’t stop their followers from going and harassing me.”

In an interview with BuzzFeed, the video’s creator said while those included in the compilation “probably see themselves as victims,” the videos are made to spread “awareness that there is a movement called fat acceptance.”

“I in no way tell my viewers to attack any of the people in my videos. I don’t encourage it. When someone in my comments asks for a channel name, I never give it to them. I will never tell my viewers to harass anybody,” he said.

Valentin could file a copyright strike against the video, but doing so would force her to reveal her full legal name to the creator, which could lead to doxing, broadcasting private information about someone that makes them susceptible to attacks — a growing concern for digital activists.

“It’s hard when activism is involved because we are so, so hated on the internet, and people are just ready to be nasty and unleash out private information and be spiteful and not treat us like people,” she said.

While Valentin ponders her next move, she said she’s done feeling bad about the cringe video. Describing herself as “very loud” and “not ashamed” of her body and identity, she said she’s ready to continue her work as a woman of color fat acceptance activist.

“I’ve done too much, I’ve come too far, that bullies are not allowed to affect my world,” she said. “People are going to harass me no matter what, and they can’t win.”

Read: 5 Crucial Lessons We Learned About Fatphobia, As Taught By Chicana Body Liberation Author Virgie Tovar

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Mexico Police Officers Shot Into A Truck Carrying Migrants And People Want Answers

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Mexico Police Officers Shot Into A Truck Carrying Migrants And People Want Answers

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Mexico is under high pressure by the Trump Administration to secure its southern borders and take hold of the migration issue stemming from Central America. Now we are seeing some negative ramifications of that, which is what advocates were concerned would happen.

A 19-year-old female migrant from Central America was allegedly shot and killed by Mexican police.

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Mexican officials are investigating a shooting that took place in the state of Veracruz in which a teen migrant was killed while traveling with 17 Salvadorans in a truck headed to the U.S.-Mexico border.

It’s unclear why police opened fire, only that the truck carrying the migrants was at an immigration checkpoint.

According to Reuters, three of them in the truck with the migrants were police. MSN reports that Veracruz Attorney General Jorge Winckler Ortiz said “17 migrants bound for the United States were traveling in a white truck near a checkpoint in the town of Agua Dulce when they heard sirens. The driver of the truck, who officials said was likely a smuggler, sped up. A police patrol car gave chase and eventually reached the truck.”

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he issued 6,000 Mexican agents to secure the southern border, but skeptics aren’t sure the measure will work.

Famed Latino journalist Jorge Ramos wrote an op-ed in the New York Times and said López Obrador’s measure to secure the southern border will ultimately hurt Central Americans that are in danger in their native country. He said those people will flee regardless of the border situation in Mexico. He also said that the president should use their resources to help Mexicans and the violence in the country.

“But the Mexican National Guard should be focusing on fighting crime at home, not on stopping harmless Central Americans from reaching the United States — particularly when 14,000 Mexicans have been murdered since President López Obrador took office last year,” Ramos wrote. “Among those killed was the journalist Norma Sarabia. She was gunned down on June 11 outside her home in the state of Tabasco, the sixth reporter murdered in Mexico this year. Editors’ Picks For Taylor Swift, Is Ego Stronger Than Pride? Nazis Killed Her Father. Then She Fell in Love With One. One Reluctant Night Out Leads to a Forever Date.”

READ: Mexican President Announced Investigation Into The Disappearance Of 19 Migrants

22 WOC Body Positive Brands

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22 WOC Body Positive Brands

The body positivity movement has seen a real shift in the way that we think about beauty standards, and also pop culture. While the content we consume influences the way that we perceive beauty and our bodies, we can also exercise the power to change our culture that privileges thin, white, able bodies. And so, we’ve put together a list of WOC body positive brands – from bigger companies, to authors, models, right down to individual influencers – to ensure that we can participate in a culture that shows beauty in all its wonderful and gorgeous diversity.

1. Plus Model Magazine

Instagram / @plusmodelmag

Plus Model Magazine is curated with content for, surprise-surprise, plus-sized women. Led by editor-in-chief Madeline Figueroa-Jones, this publication strives to show its audience not only stylish options for dressing but also body confidence in action.

2. The Chenese Lewis Show

Instagram / @cheneselewis

The most powerful part of the Chenese Lewis Show is that it is a podcast made for plus-sized women, by a plus-sized WOC. The show features interviews with women and asks for commentary from plus-sized influencers, in addition to industry experts.

3. Jibri

Instagram / @jibrionline

Plus-sized women’s clothing brand Jibri was founded by American fashion designer, Jasmine Elder. Inspired by her teenage mentor, Jibri Mann, Elder created her classy fashion brand and has since had her work featured in the likes of Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and also InStyle Magazine.

4. Daily Venus Diva

Instagram / @dailyvenusdiva

This online publication, headed up by creator Steph D. Penn, highlights plus-sized fashion and pop culture, driving content that ties beauty and body positivity.

5. Moonlight Serenade Apparel

Instagram / @moonlightserenadeapparel

Moonlight Serenade Apparel boasts a gorgeous array of lingerie, reminding plus-sized ladies to embrace their sexy side, too!

6. Maiysha

Instagram / @maiyshakai

Maiysha is a force to be reckoned with. As the managing editor of The Glow Up at The Root, iconic plus-sized model, and Grammy-nominated artist, she’s one to watch as a one-woman show-cum-role-model.

7. Nikki Gomez

Instagram / @thenikkigomez

These days, Nikki Gomez foregrounds beautiful big black bodies in her work as a photographer, balancing her photographic work alongside her love for blogging about food and fashion on her website, The Nikki Gomez.

8. Christina Mendez

Instagram / @modelchristinamendez

This lifestyle blogger professionally models plus-sized clothing on both her Instagram and website, spending her time promoting body positivity online and in the community.

9. A Curious Fancy

Instagram / @polka.cafe

Fashion blogger Ragini Nag Rao started blogging a decade ago, in 2009. As a veteran in the online community, she’s been working hard to normalize fat fashion by showing off her classy vintage outfits and looks.

10. Chronicles of a Mixed Fat Chick

Instagram / @mixedfatchick

Founder Pia Schiavo-Campo uses her platform as a blogger, public speaker, life coach and style expert to foreground #fatfab40s. Body positivity isn’t just about size or skin – it’s also about embracing age, too!

11. Full Figured Fashion Week

Instagram / @moguldiva

Full Figured Fashion Week, or FFFWeek, was a 20-year project in the making from the likes of visionary and entrepreneur Gwen DeVoe. While FFFWeek isn’t running in 2019, we can expect to see it return in 2020, after DeVoe has dedicated her time towards hosting smaller events revolving around plus-sized fashion and body positivity.

12. Monif C

Instagram / @monifcplussizes

With 14 years of business behind it, Monif C is a small business that produces lingerie, primarily catering for bigger women. For those of you who are interested, you can find its delicious selection of racy underwear on Etsy.

13. Model Behavior with Sharon Quinn

Instagram / @modelbehaviortvwithsharonquinn

Having spent many years on the modeling circuit as a plus-sized WOC, Sharon Quinn used her platform to create an award-winning talk show series that focused on both fashion and the entertainment business.

14. Premme

Instagram / @premme.us

Co-founded by the real “OG fat girl” model, Gabi Gregg, Premme is a clothing brand designed with bigger bodies in mind. Part of the joy of signing up to their mailing list is getting a sweet 10 percent off your next purchase – jump on it now, babes!

15. I Weigh

Instagram / @i_weigh

I Weigh, an online community founded by The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil, was created after Jamil realized that, as a successful actress, she had a platform she could use to promote body positivity and diversity. The intention behind the movement’s name was to show that we are all worth more than how much we weigh. I Weigh shows love for anything from tiger-stripe like stretch marks to beautiful disabled bodies and gorgeous curvaceous women.

16. The Body is Not an Apology

Instagram / @thebodyisnotanapology

This online course and community, initiated by activist and performance poet Sonya Renee Taylor, is geared towards teaching people how to love themselves, in all their imperfect glory.

17. The Shopping Slayer

Instagram / @theshoppingslayer

Created by author, mom and self-confessed lipstick-lover, Lisa Scott, The Shopping Slayer celebrates fashion from the perspective of a WOC plus-sized model. Rather than hiding her body, she adorns it in eye-catching patterns and bold color.

18. Su-Style

Instagram / @sustyletv

Su-Style has been a hit within the Latina community, as founder Suzanna Ujaque found her niche as a Latina fashion blogger and Plus-Sized expert. She creates content on both her Instagram page and Youtube channel promoting body positivity and diversity, which supports her own lifestyle blogging activities.

19. Virgie Tovar

Instagram / @virgietovar

This author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat advocates for the “right to bare arms” and embraces all of the rolls and wrinkles that come with living on the larger side of life. Beyond her advocacy for body positivity in her books, Tovar de-stigmatizes the plus-sized community by sharing her day-to-day life, spending time with friends, eating what she likes, and generally being all smiles, all of the time.

20. Plus Size Biz

Instagram / @nationalcurvesday

Founded by Jennene Biggins, Plus Size Biz is centered around making body positive brands easier to find in the US. Functioning as a search engine of sorts, the site features both location and business categories to make finding a business that caters for plus-sized people a straightforward process.

21. The Curvy Fashionista

Instagram / @thecurvyfashionista

The Curvy Fashionista is an online publication that knows its audience: WOC who want to see themselves represented in the media that they consume. Having operated since 2008, the magazine continues to feature stories centered on the body positivity and resources for plus-sized women.

22. Susan Moses

Instagram / @madameandmademoiselle

Susan Moses is undeniably a trailblazer, with her styling talent featured on the red carpet at events such as the Oscar’s, Golden Globes, Grammies and American Music Awards. Considering her illustrious career working with gorgeous and talented women – yes, she can name-drop that she’s Queen Latifah – Moses wrote The Art of Dressing Curves to celebrate and empower curvy women.

The body positive movement has given us much to celebrate, from thinking about the way that we relate to our own bodies, to how we think about other people’s bodies, too. What’s your experiences with the body positive movement – and have you already had the chance to interact with WOC body positive brands? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

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