Size Does Not Matter: Kelly Shibari, Penthouse and The Ever Changing Perceptions of Body Image in Porn and Mainstream Media

Call it a niche, a fetish, a preference, or just the way the world has evolved; plus-sized lady lovers are making their adoration known, as well as plenty of those ladies are posing in ever more mainstream publications, modeling high-end couture and even making headway for themselves in porn. Forty three year old Kelly Shibari, a half Japanese/half Irish BBW adult star who has been in “the biz” since 2007 will see her most recent accomplishment push her, and the whole idea of BBW body image consciousness, to the forefront.

In the January 2016 issue of Penthouse (on new stands now) Kelly will become the first-ever plus-sized lady to appear between the magazine’s pages.

Kelly did actually appear on the cover and inside a 2014 Penthouse Forum (where she came to the notice of Penthouse) has appeared in countless films, is the chief executive officer of the PRSM Group, a PR/SMM firm, has worked in adult as well as mainstream films, and is the only full-figured gal to be honored by Fleshlight when that infamous female body part copy company made a mold of her vagina. No stranger to displaying her body, for championing women-and men-of all shapes and sizes, delving into a wide variety of interesting diversions in her scenes, Ms. Shabari is not a woman who shirks from public perceptions, nor wanting to challenge it.

In a recent Huffington Post about her Penthouse issue Kelly remarked:

“…you’ve got all of the size [acceptance] advocates and the people who are finally coming out of the proverbial closet and saying that they actually do like plus-size men and women, and all of the feminists saying, “Yes, size acceptance, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.”

In a year that saw Sports Illustrated feature plus-size model Ashley Graham in its infamous “Swimsuit Edition” and Caitlyn Jenner doing her level best to bring a spotlight on transgender issues, it seems body image, sexual identity and overall acceptance is being challenged at every turn.

And ultimately acceptance is what everyone, from porn stars to pallbearers want, no?

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