I love my burner sisters.
They are by and large a group of resilient, beautiful, strong, and intelligent women.
Once again, however, I must object to the portrayal of burner women in the media.
Photographers seem to gravitate to skinny models and ignore non-mainstream burner women.
The diversity I see on the playa is not reflected in the photos I see.
And I can’t help but be disappointed.
Where are the curvy girls?
Where are my elders?
Where are my casually dressed burner sisters?
Where are the beautiful women of ethnicity?
Not everyone is a size two, young Caucasian model in full festival wear.
I follow an instagram feed called burnergirls.
And for the most part, it’s a lot of young, thin women in booty sticking out shorts wearing full festival gear.
Most of the pictures are authentic in that the burner girls are covered in dust.
I always look at their boots.
If the boots are dusty, then they’re real burners. If the boots are black, then the woman/women in the picture are models.
Lately, however, burnergirls has started to embrace the diversity we see on playa.
With older women:
With curvy women:
And with ethnic women:
I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see these women appear in my instagram feed.
It reminds me of HOME and where I like to be – right in the middle of a group of gorgeous burner women celebrating being at Burning Man and living our dreams.