A major theme in the book Dumplin’ is body positivity. Willowdean has always been confident, but suddenly she feels insecure and out of place because of her weight. She enters a beauty pageant to revolt against stereotypical beauty standards, and to show that “every body is a swimsuit body.” The body positivity movement began around the late 1960’s, and the movement as a whole is focused on ending judgement about people based on the way they look, and promoting self love and confidence for all. “All bodies are beautiful.” Social media has a big impact on the way we view ourselves. People put up a front, pretending to be perfect, using photoshop and plastic surgery to achieve normally unattainable appearances. But the body positivity movement counters that, embracing the natural, the unfiltered, the raw and real sides of people. Many celebrites have shown support for the body positivity movement, Chrissy Teigan, for example, has been open about how her body has changed after pregnancy. Rihanna’s makeup line, Fenty Beauty, released in 2017 included an expansive selection of foundation shades, one for every skin tone from the very lightest to the very darkest. Ashley Graham, a plus sized model, has also spoken out on loving and accepting her body as is, and not focusing on weight.
I’ve finished the book and I loved it. The book addresses a lot of issues so many girls struggle with every day. It does a really good job of teaching how important it is to love yourself. I really liked this book and I’d like to read more books like it.