For Lindy West, the quest to make being fat acceptable and less antagonized is more or less her life’s calling. She is an immensely talented author, but arguably her biggest obsession is to flaunt her plus size and insist that all plus size women are treated with the respect they deserve. Call her the defender of everyone’s right to live in whatever body they please and you won’t be far from the truth.
Lindy West Biography
Lindy West is an American activist, writer, and a comedian. She was born on March 9th, 1982. She is traditionally from Seattle, Washington. Lindy is the daughter of a nurse named Ingrid and her Father Paul West, was a musician. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
She began her professional career in 2009, where she began working as the film editor for Seattle’s weekly alternative newspaper called The Stranger. Lindy did relocate to Los Angeles in 2011 but she did not stop writing for the Stranger until September 2012.
After her move to Los Angeles, she began to work for Jezebel as a staff writer, where she began to write about racism, fat shaming, and sexism. Her work for Jezebel got rave reviews and huge publications and was published in the Daily Telegraph, New York Daily News, GQ to name a few.
In 2013 she was recognized and acknowledged when she won the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award which was presented to her in New York City by Jane Fonda. She then went on September 19th, 2015, to co-found “Shout Your Abortion”. Shout Your Abortion is a social media campaign where people online share their experiences online without “shame, sadness or regret” which is for the purpose of putting an end to shame. The campaign was in response to the efforts by the United States Government to defund Planned Parenthood.
In 2016, she got further recognition for her book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, when she won The Stranger’s Genius Award in Literature. Later on the 1st of July, 2017, she became the new opinion writer for The New York Times, after having written in 2016 two op-ed columns for the Times in 2016 where her pieces focused on popular culture, feminism, social equality, and justice as well as body image.
In her book, she explained in detail the fixation by the society on thin women. She is a critique of the popular perception in modern society (fueled by the media) that thin is more attractive. She also goes further to explain why she rather be fat and big than thin. West also had this to say about fat female models, recalling that as a kid she never saw anyone remotely like herself on TV, in the movies, or in video games, or at the children’s theatre, or anywhere at all in my field of vision.
She quipped that there simply were no young, funny, capable, strong, good fat girls. She said a fat man can be Tony Soprano, he can be Dan from Roseanne (still my No1 celeb crush), and he can be John Candy, funny without being a human sight gag. But fat women were sexless mother’s, pathetic punch lines or gruesome villains.
Lindy West got married on the 11th of July, 2015; she got married to musician and book writer Ahamefule J. Oluo who is the younger brother of Seattle writer and activist Ijeoma Oluo.
Her husband Oluo is biracial whose Father is a Nigerian Immigrant while his mother is an American from Kansas. He is a comedian who has had a close collaboration with comedian Hari Kondabolu, who in 2010 described him as “my great friend and writing partner”. Oluo performed as a trumpeter and performed with a host of numerous prominent and famous musicians groups which included Das Racist, Wayne Horvitz, Hey Marseilles, Julian Priester and Macklemore.
Ahamefule is currently a member of jazz quartet Industrial Revelation. He is also the winner of the 2014 Stranger Genius Award. The other members of the Quartet include D’Vonne Lewis who played the drums, Evan Flory-Barnes who plays the bass and also Josh Rawlings who plays the keyboards. He was also more recognized in 2012 when he was selected as Town Hall Seattle’s first-ever artist-in-residence.
Facts You Must Know About Lindy West
- In January 2107, Lindy West deactivated her Twitter account in “protest” of the social networks reluctance to clamp down on far right movements use of the platform to spread hate, racism, and antisemitism.
- Lindy is the author of Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman.