Dear Friends and Fans

We announce today that The Laughing Lesbian has released Rachel Paulson from her duties and will not be continuing her Drink Responsibly with Rachel Paulson programming under our publication. All previous DRRP videos will remain on TheLaughingLesbian.com for your viewing pleasure. Stay tuned for a new format and lots of fun upcoming interviews and news! We have many new guests coming up, as well as some of your returning favorites. We look forward to what the last quarter of the year will bring. Happy Tuesday!

Madeline Stuart Walks In NYFW Once Again!

Madeline Stuart, a young model who has made quite a name for herself, will be walking in New York Fashion Week for the second year in a row. She will be walking on February 15, 2016 at the Angel Orsensaz Foundation. If you are interested in going, the doors will be open at 5:30pm and Maddie would love to see you all there supporting her! As the only model who has walked in New York Fashion Week twice, Madeline Stuart is changing what it means to be a model. She has been a positive role model for women all around the world and an advocate for individuals with disabilities. Madeline is quite the hero when it comes to little girls looking up to models for inspiration.

Madeline Stuart, Australia’s Person of the Year and Ambassador

Earlier this week, The Laughing Lesbian received an email from Madeline Stuart, the featured model who is making strides in the industry, all while having Down Syndrome, relaying some very exciting news! Shes just been awarded Australia's Person of the Year! She's been a busy girl, but this coming month Madeline will be celebrating with many of her fans and friends. Miss Stuart is the ambassador for two charities, ICANIWILL and Inside Outside Dance Ensemble. Their continued mission for inclusion, independence, and health is something Madeline strives to help others with, all around the world.

Interview with Model Madeline Stuart

Chrystal and Emily from The Laughing Lesbian got an opportunity to have a chat with Madeline Stuart, the beautiful young girl from Australia who is taking the world by storm. Madeline has Downs Syndrome, but it hasn’t held her back from reaching her goals. Madeline wanted to be a model, and with determination, hard work and support from her wonderful mother, she became just that and more! She has become an inspiration to people all around the world and believes that everyone is beautiful and everyone has the ability to make their dreams a reality.

Interview With Harnaam Kaur: The Bearded Dame

The Laughing Lesbian has a pretty simple motto: "Empowered Women Empowering Women." We are always on the look out for diverse and brave women who are willing to share their story with us. When I found Harnaam though Instagram I knew we had to interview her. This young woman is everything we hold sacred. She is beautiful, brave, inspiring and most of all she is empowering of others. Harnaam struggled throughout her life, dealing with bulling about her facial hair and self harm due to horrible depression. But like a Phoenix (check out her gorgeous phoenix tattoo!) she rose from the ashes and has become a woman we can all admire. Chrystal and I are so honored to get to speak with Harnaam and we are so excited to share her with you! Recently Harnaam did a photo shoot (just for fun, Harnaam isn't getting married just yet!) with Urban Bridesmaid Photography to show the world just how beautiful she really is. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we enjoyed speaking with Harnaam.

Today Is The Day!

Today is the day we have been waiting for. With clasped hands and racing hearts we awaited the verdict. LOVE WINS! Today is the day we celebrate, a day we have been waiting for, for far too long. This country is the land of the free and today we are free! Today is the day we can say “I DO!” to the ones we love. Congratulations to the men and women, the children and families who have been waiting to be legally recognized and get the benefits they deserve. I am getting married in three months and my wife and I will have benefits, we will have rights and respect! Thank you SCOTUS for this ruling, thank you for making our families matter. Thank you for believing in love! Today is the day love wins!

-Emily

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Fat is Not the New Sexy

We have all seen it: the new ad campaigns featuring plus size women, the expensive new bathing suits that accentuate the good features and hide the bad. Its all the rage: fat is the new sexy. And as much as I should be thrilled by this new mentality- I am not. Fat isn’t the new sexy.

Fat has always been sexy.

Who the hell gets to dictate what is sexy and isn’t? Since when isn’t a curvaceous woman beautiful? Why are we just now realizing that ALL women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful? So you have a thigh gap! That’s great! You are beautiful. I don’t have a thigh gap. In reality I spend more money on jeans because of chub rub than I care to admit but I really don’t think that makes me any more or any less sexy. While I do appreciate the stance in singling out a body type that has been shamed, it is in fact doing the same thing to other body types. If fat is the new sexy then what happens to the skinny girls? Are skinny girls still sexy?

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Body shaming is real and its victims are not just fat girls, they are skinny, short, tall, freckled, pale, colored and in reality, anything that is not text book “perfect.” Women are perfect just because of who we are. We are diverse, we are unique and every type of women should be celebrated because that type of woman is beautiful.

So no, I do not think fat is the new sexy, fat has always been sexy just like every other type of body. Can we just celebrate women in general instead of picking a “body type of the week?” Women are sexy. Period.