DASHEEN is proud to wel­come the insight and sound­byte of film­maker and con­trib­u­tor Dele Adams. His focus on the full-fig­ured woman is con­cen­trated here. I could think of no bet­ter form than the love let­ter to express such demon­stra­tive devo­tion.

An Open Love Let­ter to the Full-Fig­ured Woman

I started writ­ing this from a purely ana­lyt­i­cal stand­point until I was cor­rected in the error of my ways. Instead, I want this to be an open love let­ter to full-fig­ured women.
Zahra Muse

Photo credit: Ricky Joseph

From: Men

To: Full-Fig­ured Women

Re: Love

Dear God­dess,

We love you. We always have and we always will. Most times, to be real, we just don’t know how to tell you. You know we are watch­ing you from afar, our stares pen­e­trat­ing through the mess of every­day life for that brief moment when we lock eyes. You can tell we’ve had you on our minds when you waltz through the myr­iad fan­tasies left in your wake.

We’ve admired you through the annals of his­tory as we carved your fig­ure in soap­stone and jade, in rock and wood. We’ve fum­bled with our clumsy hands to cap­ture your like­ness in paint and fresco. Bot­ti­celli came close, the Inca’s even closer and the Africans just missed the mark.

Per­fec­tion you see is impos­si­ble to dupli­cate.

We ache to touch you today, secretly long­ing for you in your earthly form. From Alison Hinds to the late, great Amber Davis to Jill Scott to Toc­cara Jones to the fea­tured Zahra Spencer, we crave caress­ing your bosom with our lips and seek to trail our fin­gers around your waist. Your silken touch com­mands our deep­est respect. Your love quenches all of our thirsts. Your eyes lock ours so deeply so as not to see any other.

Never let the faith­less world of today take away the power you have always held over us. Remind us that you are Mother Earth given mor­tal form. Take us and deliver us from man­u­fac­tured “beauty” and thinned down wisps of wom­an­hood that have become the accepted norm. Make us love you again, as in the days of old.

God­dess, Full-Fig­ured and Bright,

We Love You.

Yours sin­cerely,



The fea­tured God­dess is none other than Model, Zahra Spencer.  A St. Croix native, Zahra is a strong believer in mak­ing every moment pur­pose­ful. Eclec­tic by nature, she is also a Cer­ti­fied Sis­ter­locks Con­sul­tant, Poet, and Dancer. In her spare time she vol­un­teers with a vari­ety of orga­ni­za­tions, with a spe­cial focus on help­ing young girls.  She finds plea­sure in explor­ing the cre­ative gen­res of life, hop­ing to inspire and be inspired. Zahra’s favorite quote is one by Mar­i­anne Williamson from her book, A Return to Love: Reflec­tions on the Prin­ci­ples of a Course in Mir­a­cles: “Our deep­est fear is not that we are inad­e­quate. Our deep­est fear is that we are pow­er­ful beyond mea­sure. It is our light, not our dark­ness that most fright­ens us.



Dele Adams has been a prac­tic­ing film­maker for the past eight years. He is one of the founders of Mage Pic­tures, a local (SKN) pro­duc­tion com­pany respon­si­ble for film­ing com­mer­cials, fash­ion shows, pri­vate events, and pub­lic ser­vice announce­ments. Mr. Adams has writ­ten, pro­duced and filmed numer­ous comedic shorts and spoofs. His most acclaimed are “Minister’s Speech” and “What If…?”. Most recently he has been tack­ling sto­ries in the main­stream news and turn­ing them into highly enter­tain­ing and funny satire. A keen observer of human­ity and a life long fan of films, Dele’s phi­los­o­phy is all about the cre­ative process, as the jour­ney for him is more attrac­tive than the des­ti­na­tion. In his own words, “The fin­ished pro­duct is merely the icing on the cake”.