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Wear Your Voice Columnist Ashleigh Shackleford

Wear Your Voice contributor Ashleigh Shackelford.

Fashion is more than just what you decide to wear — it’s how you feel in the clothes — and skin — you’re in. Body positivity is about no longer viewing our bodies as “works in progress,” but as extensions of ourselves and the way we show up in the world. Wear Your Voice got a chance to speak with Kam Franklin from The Suffers at this year’s Afropunk Festival and ask her about what body positivity means to her. Here’s what she had to say:

“I’ve gotten flak for being a big girl and wearing tight shit. I’ve found that being comfortable makes other people feel uncomfortable. Being yourself with people who haven’t found their true selves makes them uncomfortable, and it’s not my job to help people find their own personal comfort. If I waste my time helping other people feel comfortable, I’ll never live my best life. Now I just do what I want.”

All body types slayed at this year’s Afropunk festival. Check out some of the best body positive looks from the event!

Related: Music Monday: Tidus, Angel Haze, Kali Uchis, Shilpa Ray and Grace Jones

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Image taken by Wear Your Voice Mag

Image taken by Wear Your Voice Mag

Image taken by Wear Your Voice Mag

Image taken by Wear Your Voice Mag



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Heather was born in Chicago and raised in Pasadena, California and proudly claims Oakland as her adopted home. She has a B.A. in African-American Studies from Smith College (proud Smithie), and a Masters in Education Leadership from New York University. Heather's spent the past decade working in the field of educational equity and advocacy. She currently teaches Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University and manages a blog called What's Happening Black Oakland? She also contributes to Blavity, a blog for black millennials. Heather's committed to writing interesting and relevant stories that aren't being covered by the mainstream media, while straying away from the single story that is usually imposed on people of color. In her free time she enjoys traveling and going to live shows.

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