The Fat Body (In)Visible

A film by Margitte Kristjansson

2011 | 24 minutes | Color | DVD | English | Order No. 121054


"While I have all the confidence in the world, I’m told every day that my body is revolting." Jessica turns heads in the street—for both her striking fashion, and larger than average body. She has learned to ignore the frequent insults which come her way, but it has not been an easy journey. Keena is the heaviest she has ever been—and the happiest. Confident and attractive, she decided long ago that dieting is not for her. Keena and Jessica—and filmmaker Margitte Kristjansson—are body acceptance activists, working to celebrate body diversity and the right to be happy whatever your body size. Brought together by social media, they use the blogosphere strategically to make their bodies visible in a world that still thinks that fat women should hide away. In this insightful short documentary, Keena and Jessica speak candidly about growing up overweight, and the size discrimination they have faced. Their stories detail the intricacies of identity and the intersection of race and gender with fatness— and how social media has helped this community enact visibility on their own terms.


“Keena and Jessica share their experiences of people judging their mere existence just because they're fat, becoming empowered through fashion, the intersection of race and fatness, and finding community.”

Bitch Magazine

“The Fat Body (In)Visible is a compelling look at the world of fat acceptance and what it’s like to be a fat woman in America today.”

Author Harriet Brown Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle With Anorexia

“Long overdue!”

Bill Fabrey Founder of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

“…the fat body is a livable body, a "body that matters," and a body that should be made visibly vibrant, as Margitte accomplishes in this thought-provoking film."

Julia McCrossin MA/Mphil and Doctoral Candidate, George Washington Univ.

“…this documentary invokes provocative questions about the political possibilities of fat activists reclaiming the right to make fat bodies visible on their own terms."

Lesleigh Owen Sociology PhD & Instructor, Chaffey College


Margitte Kristjansson

Margitte Leah Kristjansson is a fat activist and a communication PhD student at UCSD whose work is situated within the field of fat studies. She blogs about all things fat at and


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