The Invisible History of Plus-Sized Black Women In Music

Before women like Lizzo and Brittany Howard were getting their shine, Martha Wash and others before them struggled to be properly credited

Martha Wash. Photo: Mike Ruiz

It’s incredible to see that at one point in time, plus-sized women were, more or less, background entities in mainstream music, with the exception of frontwomen like The Mamas & the Papas’ Mama Cass.

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