They’re Big, But Not Yet Stars – Maureen Fan

The Washington Post looks at the band Qian Jin Zu He, composed of four overweight women, to examine the prejudice against the obese in Chinese society:

Ph2007090502539Their success has been modest, but given the powerful discrimination against the obese in China, Xiao said her discovery by a talent agent has been “like a tree branch saving me in the water.”

The story of precisely how Xiao’s group came to be is a window onto the challenges of being obese in a country where the ideal form of feminine beauty is delicate, girlish and small-boned. As China has grown more prosperous, the percentage of overweight citizens here has also grown. Still, those who are obese continue to struggle in relative solitude. [Full text]



[Image: Qian Jin Zu He band members, via the Washington Post]

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