This Caribbean woman shares her story of experiences and struggles of being called fat
Tricia Campbell is a plus-size supermodel and entrepreneur, a trailblazer who stands as a symbol of confidence and motivation for women all over the world.
She has graced the pages of magazines such as O, Essence, Glamour, Sister 2 Sister, and Vibe. Tricia has represented brands such as Ashley Stewart, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, American Rag, House of Dereon, and Jessica Simpson.
Campbell holds the distinction of being the only “size sexy” model to have been featured on BET’s Rip the Runway for all of 8 years and as if all those trail-blazing accomplishments aren’t enough she is now Oprah Winfrey’s stand-in model and guess what? She is an all Jamaican girl.
Her story is shared by many Caribbean women, some of spoken up about this issue but many remain silent, fearing being judged based on the size of their waist.
Caribbean Women-Journey over the years
Women are critical to the creation of a prosperous and sustainable Caribbean. The region is seeing tremendous gains in women’s educational achievement and workforce participation, as well as in economic participation and opportunity.
The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Caribbean Women are suffering disproportionately from the effects of COVID-19. From uneven job losses to unpaid care work, the pandemic has caused a serious setback to progress in gender equality.
The Caribbean, like other parts of the world, is facing a crisis. Only 52 percent of women participate in the labor market, versus 77 percent of male workers. And in some countries, it’s even worse than that. Globally, women are losing jobs at about 1.8 times the rate of men. In fact, the Caribbean suffers from the highest job losses among all regions.