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Danielle Brooks Talks About Her Involvement With the 67% Project

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OITNB actress; Danielle Brooks is super  excited to be involved in Refinery29’s new campaign, The 67% Project, which is a call for more representation of plus-size women in mainstream media (If you missed our post about it this morning click HERE).  Danielle, who wins over our hearts every time as  convicted felon Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson from Orange Is The New Black, is the guest creative director of The 67% Project, and she wants the world to know that the representation of plus-size women is something she takes very seriously.

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I have been plus-size since I was in high school and started developing like any other girl,” Brooks told SELF magazine. “It’s always been heartbreaking growing up…to not see myself. And now I am that girl I wanted to see, and I can’t wait to see what it does for the next generation of women that are coming up.

Brooks also says that shows like Orange Is The New Black reinforce just how important it is to share the stories and experiences of diverse women. After years of playing the “sassy black friend” or the “sidekick,” she says that being part of the OITNB cast was a huge breath of fresh air.

I was not the only plus-size woman, the only person of color, not the only one with natural hair, not the only dark-skinned woman. Jenji [Kohan] created a show that is all inclusive. Age, size, gender, sexual orientation, beliefs—that’s the world that we live it. That’s part of what I want to continue doing.

Learn more about The 67% Project HERE.

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