Making it Big: Akira Armstrong and the Pretty Big Movement

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Monday, Mar 13, 2017 03:00 AM

Whether we want to admit it or not, size is still a considered a big no-no when it comes to the entertainment industry. We've heard stories of theater actresses giving up on the craft because there aren't any big girl roles apart from Tracy Turnblad, giving up on following their dreams of being on movies or films because they will never be the lead. Yes, there have been leaps and bounds of improvements on the big, bold and beautiful women movement (yay to This is Us and Chrissy Metz!) but we've still go a long way to go before plus-size girls get the same treatment as any girl off the street. 




Akira Armstrong had already been featured in two Beyonce videos when she flew to LA, but even that shining star on her resume wasn't enough to convince agents in the industry to take her on. She was a dancer, after all, and dancers are supposed to be these lighter, thinner women. 




But Akira's size never hindered the way she could make her body move, and she knew it. The confident and curvy dancer went on to start her own dance company, the Pretty BIg Movement, a place where plus sized girls could feel safe and confident to shake their booties--without anyone judging them for it. Every girl, no matter her shape and size, deserves to be able to dance the way she wants, and that guiding principle has guided Akira and her girls to keep dancing. 

"When people look at a full-figured girl, automatically they just think, they can't do," Akira tells NPR in an interview, "I know my body. I know what I'm capable of doing. So you just have to be comfortable in your own skin."

Dancer or not, the Pretty Big Movement has made pretty big steps to make girls around the world feel comfortable and happy in the size they're in.

Watch out for Akira and the Pretty Big Movement's story on Lifestyle Network! #UnboxMe



About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!


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