Romance With Voluptuousness: Caribbean Women and Thick Bodies in the US

Kamille Gentles-Peart



This book examines how first- and second-generation immigrant black Caribbean women engage with a thick body aesthetic while living in the United States. It highlights how black Caribbean women negotiate body image issues arising from Caribbean and American pressures to maintain a particular body type and how they contend with discourses and practices that marginalize and exclude their “thick” bodies from economic, social, and political spaces. By focusing on diasporic Caribbean women’s “romance” with voluptuousness, this book illuminates how ideas about beauty in the Caribbean diaspora (and the African diaspora in general) help to shape the experiences of black Caribbean women in the United States.

For more information, please contact  Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart.


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