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It's the body positive movie we have been waiting a lifetime for.

If you've seen Netflix's adaptation to Julie Murphy’s novel, Dumplin', you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

Starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald, it's a refreshing take on self-acceptance, beauty pageants and how the plus-size community are portrayed in the film industry.

Coming from a former fat girl, i.e. me, the movie didn't shy away from the very real stigma people face every day.

It's clear that the author and those who wrote the script had an insight into the real struggles plus-sized people face.

When the girls face this stigma, instead of running home and gorging on chocolate like most movies portray 'sad,' 'lonely' fat women, Danielle, who plays Willowdean Dickson, fights back.

In one scene, when a bully makes fun of another girl, Willowdean goes for the glory shot and punches him in the nuts, another clip shows her eye-rolling to slagging shouts of teens towards herself and co-star, Millie (played by Maddie Baillio). 

Instead of playing the victim and the sad, fat girl, they portray young women leading a body revolution, and the film rightly shows those who bully the girls as total assholes.

Another perception they tackle in the movie is when an absolute ride of a fella asks Willowdean out.

Bo Larson is the hottie that works with our leading lady and is utterly taken by the teen.

After an ole snog on their first date, it was Willowdean, not Bo who needed some time to reflect.

Bo didn't go out with her for a bet, no fat jokes were made or any attempts of trying to make her turn from an "ugly duckling" into a swan – he liked her for her.

In fact, we saw a very real admission from Willowdean about how guys like him didn't go for girls like her – and he totally called horsesh*t on it.

He confessed that he thought she was beautiful and she is.

The film shows how despite society's best efforts to make us conform to a certain look to feel beautiful, that there are leaders out there who want you to embrace you for you and feel empowered as the sexy ladies we are.

No shame, no excuses, just love for the skin you're in.

The movie follows four teenage girls who take on a pageant competition – they're all very different in shape, size and style and they want to redefine the look of a beauty queen. 

One of our fave part of Dumplin' is that it shows a number of different plus-sized women and drag queens totally owning their identity.

Instead of just one fat girl, there are plenty of plus-size role models – her aunt and friend, Millie.

The role models in the film extend their knowledge of self-acceptance and give the young women buckets of inspiration to go up on stage and take it over.

The women all go on very unique paths in the film, and it shows that plus-sized women are diverse and they have multiple voices on screen – they aren't cast as the 'fat friend'.

Dumplin' creates a positive body narrative through their journey and doesn't force the characters to lose weight in order to be confident.

They project the message that confidence is achieved through finding your inner-self and letting it shine – no diet plan or killer exercise regime required.

It shows that you can be fat and happy, which is the reality for millions of people around the world.

We applaud everyone involved in its creation and we hope this is the way forward for the portrayal of plus-sized women.

If you haven't seen the film, please do. 

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Jennifer Aniston has opened up about the strained nature of her dysfunctional relationship with her late mother, Nancy Dow.

The actress describes the correlation between their maternal bond and her complex new Netflix film Dumplin', in which she plays a pushy mother and former pageant queen.

In the new movie, her daughter is plus-size and enters herself in a competition purely to make a dramatic statement regarding unrealistic beauty standards in our society.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 49-year-old actress spoke candidly to The Sunday Telegraph about the many parallels between how Dow treated her during her childhood and Dumplin's expression of mother-daughter relationships.

When asked whether the two were similar experiences, Aniston replied “Where do we start?”

“One of the reasons I really loved the mother-daughter aspect of it was because it was very similar in a way to what my mother, and our relationship, was,” Aniston told the publication.

Nancy Dow, based on Aniston's description of her, was clearly preoccupied with her daughter's appearance.

“She was a model and she was all about presentation and what she looked like and what I looked like,” The former Friends actress commented. The star endured a highly-publicised fall-out with former actress Dow.

“I did not come out the model child she’d hoped for and it was something that really resonated with me, this little girl just wanting to be seen and wanting to be loved by a mum who was too occupied with things that didn’t quite matter.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress added that she really resonated with the film's message, which encourages the audience to embrace their flaws and imperfections.

"This movie is so special because it is about stripping away those preconceived notions of beauty, trying to become individuals and not feeling that we have to live up to some unrealistic ideal that society is feeding up to us," she explained.

"My idea of beauty is, it's what makes you feel beautiful and what makes me feel beautiful are the people around me, the life that I have. And maybe a good hair day."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Aniston previously told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 about Dow, saying; "She was very critical of me." 

Nancy wrote a biographical book in 1999 about their strained relationship: From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir, which Aniston saw as a breach of privacy.

"Because she was a model, she was gorgeous, stunning. I wasn't. I never was. I honestly still don't think of myself in that sort of light, which is fine." 

We think she's absolutely beautiful, inside and out. Dow passed away in 2016 at the age of 79, after a long illness.

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