In 2006, season 6 of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, the world was introduced to a spoken word poet by the name of Tamara Blue. Tamara claimed her body with measurements of 36-29-42, standing 5′ 3″, 169lbs, and a size 16 (depending upon the jeans) live on stage during the HBO series. Her piece, entitled “Thick Chicks”, was a instant anthem for women around the world receiving over 1 million youtube views. Thick Chicks spread through the internet blogs and news postings like wild fire. The video clip of her performance of the piece on Def Poetry Jam was the most watched plus size related video on youtube up until 2010. Tamara’s message of positive body image uplifted , celebrated, and inspired millions of women around the world. We salute Ms. Blue for finding the words that instantly made us as women feel beautiful to be a size 16 (depending upon the jeans).
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