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  Art That Empowers 

--- by Katy Alexander


From Radiance Spring 2000

y name is Katy Alexander, and I am fourteen years old. I am fat. I have been fat all my life. It has only been recently, though, that Iíve been able to embrace my bigness.

One of my hobbies is drawing. All the people Iíd ever drawn before were skinny twigs. Then, a few months ago, I sketched out a person very different from the others I had drawn. She was big. And she was pretty.

This was a very important step for me in realizing that fat people are beautiful. Radiance has done a lot to reinforce this.

Editorís Note: Katy is now fifteen years old and is a freshman at Squalicum High School in Bellingham, Washington. She lives with her parents, Barry and Cindy, and her ten-year-old brother, Ian. And she continues to draw, beautifully.

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