Belle-Noir Magazine was originally concepted in August 2003 after a discussion in the Yahoo! Group EbonyBBWsandEbonyGentlemen in which several of the female members voiced their concerns over the lack of representation of BBWs of Color in print media. It was agreed that whether it was a magazine geared towards BBWs or a magazine for Women of Color, women size 14 and over were rarely ever featured at all. Ms. Aja B. Stubbs, seeing the past and recent demise of several magazines for both BBWs and women of color, decided to take her personal goal of starting a magazine to the 21st Century by creating an online publication that would be dedicated to women just like her and the lovely ladies in "Ebz". With the help of several friends in "Ebz" and a lot of determination, Belle-Noir E-zine launched on November 1, 2003 on a Geocities site. The site witnessed 800+ hits in its first month online.
After four successful years as a bi-monthly online magazine, Belle-Noir Magazine now transistions to a blog format in an effort to provide "bakery fresh" content to our readers on a daily basis.
Belle-Noir Magazine's Objectives:
• To promote the positive image of Big Beautiful Women of Color by featuring content (i.e. articles, poetry, photos, etc.) of an informative, entertaining, and inspiring nature, created specifically with the Big Beautiful Woman of Color in mind.
• To support the work and deeds of other individuals who promote size acceptance, the positive portrayal of Big Beautiful Women, and the positive portrayal of women of Color.