Akira Armstrong was in two Beyoncé videos, but couldn’t find an agent to represent her as a professional dancer because of her size. To change the narrative around what a dancer’s body should look like, Akira started her own dance company, made up of plus-size dancers. “Pretty Big Movement” is destroying dancer stereotypes, one routine at a time.
Akira Armstrong has wavy neon pink-purple locks, and a body that moves to the mood like a tempest. In this video by The Scene, she discusses moving to Los Angeles, and how hard it was for her to discover artist employments since “individuals take a gander at you and they as of now judge you in light of your size”.
The young ladies in this video move like nobody’s viewing, testing the hesitance that the media and society pushes on ladies, by letting us know what our bodies ought to resemble, and what we are permitted to do with them.
The weaknesses this brought on for her, prompted to her establishing Pretty Big Movement, for young ladies who need to move. Really Enormous Development are a gathering of artists who are swinging their hips to break artist generalizations.
“At the point when individuals consider the cliché artist’s body,” she says, “they think thin, tall, long legs, long arms.” She clarifies that experiencing childhood in a move domain, she generally felt her body was a negative. When she was more youthful, she would never utilize the artist ensembles every other person wore, and despite the fact that she generally needed to destroy her stomach, she never has possessed the capacity to.
“It’s about inspiring and enabling ladies to feel like they can be certain to do anything,” she says, “not simply move.”
This video brings to mind Naomi’s Wolf’s The Beauty Myth, where she writes, “The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behaviour and not appearance.” But Pretty Big Movement isn’t going to let any behaviour be prescribed to them, they’re quite happy moving to the beat like it’s nobody’s business.