When I was first approached about being in Bottom’s Up (the long running Vegas style revue), I was told that I would be the “fat girl” in the show; and asked if that would be a problem.
I’m fat and female.
But when I joined the group, I was given a lesson from the star and producer Breck Wall, that has stayed with me.
Looking at the clothes I had brought to use in the show, he told me, “Just because you’re fat, doesn’t mean you can’t be glamorous.”
So I had to rethink my wardrobe and up my glamour game.
Out came the high heels and the glitzy mini dresses, and the makeup, and the false eyelashes.
I was the only fat person who was part of this Vegas style revue, but I was part of a Vegas style revue and I needed to style myself appropriately.
Words to live by: “It’s Vegas where they’ll sew a sequin to a rat’s asshole.”
I had not thought of myself that way before – as glamorous.
Now I know better.
This lesson has colored how I view my appearance on stage ever since.
How I look and dress is a part of the role that I am playing.
It informs my performance.
It is important to me, and to the audience.
Great part of theater; when it opens your eyes to possibilities that you might not otherwise consider.