The Only Transformations I Want to See in 2018...

It’s not even January, and already everyone from the gym down the street to my friends online is getting ready for “transformation” season. Having been a body-positive, Health at Every Size/fat acceptance blogger and podcaster for the last several years, I can’t wrap my brain around why we still feel like transforming our bodies (usually to become thinner/leaner/etc.) is still a thing we need to do.

Sure, if you want to change your eating or exercise habits to focus on doing things that make you feel physically more well, do what you have to do (as long as it doesn’t become obsessive or lead to illness or injury, of course). But why do we feel like we have to tie healthy lifestyle changes to physical transformation? 

It’s time for this cultural meme to die. I realize that I’m not going to be able to stop everyone in the world from simultaneously talking about their New Year’s weight loss resolutions (trust me, I’ve tried), but I’d like to at least do my part to help drown those resolutions out. 

So: here’s my proposal: this year, let’s post our #transformationtuesday photos…of when we started burlesque or drag and what we look like as performers now. I want to see growth in MUAH skills, posing, costuming, and, most important, confidence. 

The next #transformationtuesday is January 2. Who’s gonna post with me? 

Here are a couple of mine — show me yours! 

 

 Will X. Uly on December 26, 2016 vs. Will X. Uly on December 19, 2017. 

Will X. Uly on December 26, 2016 vs. Will X. Uly on December 19, 2017. 

 My very first performance as DeeDee Queen in 2015 vs. performing in Amsterdam this past November

My very first performance as DeeDee Queen in 2015 vs. performing in Amsterdam this past November

Kaila Prins