OITNB's Danielle Brooks, GabiFresh and more cover the groundbreaking issue
Ebony magazine’s March cover features four stunning women – Orange Is the New Black‘s Danielle Brooks, fashion designer and blogger Gabi Gregg (aka GabiFresh), and singers Jazmine Sullivan and Chrisette Michele – that are proud of their curvy bodies.
And the magazine doesn’t hide the squad’s powerful quotes inside the issue. Their lines are right on the cover.
“I’m way more than the physical,” Michele says.
“I’m OK with being seen as ‘big’ ” adds GabiFresh.
“I’m a size 14 in dresses, a 16 in pants,” Brooks declares.
It’s all part of Ebony‘s cover story on Black women and their relationship with their bodies.
“What others may think about what we do or don’t eat doesn’t matter; the greater judgments, regardless of whether they are favorable, come from within,” says the writer, Tomika Anderson.
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Brooks has long been open about embracing her body, and how long it took her to find that self-love.
“Being a woman of curves, I really find that it’s very important to talk about loving your body where you are,” she said during a panel discussion in May. “People’s beauty standards [are] something I’ve definitely struggled with in my life. And I’m just so grateful to be on a show where people love me, Taystee, for who she is – and they’ve come to love Danielle for who I am, and it’s not because I’m a size 2 and it’s not because I’m light-skinned with long hair.”
And GabiFresh, who just released her own line of bikinis for swimsuitsforall, wants to help other curvy women who have trouble accepting their shape, especially when they hit the beach.
“That’s always been my goal, to just make sure that people my size also have really cute options and not just the matronly, traditional things that we’ve had in the past,” she told PEOPLE in January.
“People are just there to have fun with their friends. Once you realize that, it’s very freeing and liberating.”