Almost two and a half years ago I participated in Burning Man for the first time.
As is my usual habit, I spent A LOT of time planning and prepping.
I carefully reviewed every Burning Man Essentials list and incorporated all the items I was missing into my growing inventory.
In the end, I had 16 bins full of gear.
I may have gone overboard, but let me tell you, I was PREPARED.
Sunblock for my hair?
Essentials oils for my face mask?
Ridiculous now to think about them, but at the time I thought they were ESSENTIAL.
Needless to say, I spent a lot of time looking online for fashion guidance.
Self expression is BIG at Burning Man.
I was totally disappointed to find that 99.9% of the representations of women at Burning Man include slim women only.
I could find no representation of women on the playa for women OVER A SIZE 12.
I began to wonder if I’d be the only thick girl on the playa.
Of course, that turned out to not be the case, but it still bothers me to this day that the diversity that exists on the playa is not captured by playa photographers.
And, of course, I had to remedy the situation not just by posting my playa photos on the internet, but also by creating a Pinterest board with fashion inspiration for the curvy lady planning to go to the playa.
You’re not alone, sister!