In the spring, I had this wild idea to make a solo dance video, including the elements of spoken word, model walking and a bit of voguing. As usual, the creative budget was zero dollars. LOL. But, I believed that a fat girl dancing — a Muslim girl dancing in the streets of Detroit — would make a powerful statement, a conversation about what an American Muslim looks like. What a modern-day fat girl looks like. An “overly-educated” Black girl. I knew that if I decided to do it, that I might get backlash from the opposing side, too.
“Why is that Muslim girl dancing?!? She shouldn’t be doing that. It’s not Islamic!”
“She’s so fat, why is she embarrassing herself?”
I put all that aside (’cause I’m grown) and danced my heart out, on and off, for about an hour in almost 90-degree weather to get these shots with my awesome and supportive team.
For me, dancing is about expression. It’s about self-awareness. It’s about letting go.
This video is an unveiling. Shedding the old skins of my past and just living in my truths. Living in the NOW.
It’s scary. Raw. Cinematic. Bad-ass. Feminist af.
Yeah, I’m fat, Black and very Muslim.
Do I make you uncomfortable?
Music: Comer Dorris
Location: Detroit, MI