Ultra-fab fashion blogger Gabifresh has made her own rendition of Bey’s “Flawless” (featuring Nadia Aboulhosn and Tess Munster) — and the new video is an ode to body positivity. Though "Flawless" is already an anthem of self-love, Bey's original visual accompaniment doesn't exactly explore a gamut of lovable bodies.
This is where Gabifresh comes in. Her project's hashtag says it all: #everyBODYisflawless. The three featured dancers in her re-appropriation look fierce; their dancing is on point. The blogger said she wanted to re-make the original video because besides falling in love with the track, she identified with the message; yet, she hoped to reframe "Flawless" in an EVEN MORE inclusive way.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not shitting on Beyoncé. I don’t need the Beygency after me, seriously. I wholeheartedly believe that Bey means it when she says “we flawless, ladies tell ‘em." But consider when she samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her lyrics, singing “We teach girls to shrink themselves to make themselves smaller.” It's clear that Bey recognizes that addressing sizeism is an important facet of feminism, but in that case, where are the plus size models and dancers in her videos?
And just as Beyoncé's "Yonce" vid made a daring statement about tokenism by featuring three black high fashion models (Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn), Gabifresh also aimed to showcase a span of plus size women with her video. In addition to embracing body types, the video also wants to tell us that there is space for more than just one "token" plus size female in any given video(/magazine/what have you).
At the end of the day, the message behind “Flawless” is one of solidarity between women — and the song is doing its social job when tinkers like Gabifresh can expand on its original intent.
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