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Austin's first plus-size cabaret show celebrates the beauty in all bodies

Austin's first plus-size cabaret show celebrates beauty in all bodies

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Fat Bottom Cabaret, which bills itself as Austin's one and only plus-size performance troupe, is shaking up the local performance scene. The group, which features mostly women of color and was founded by Nikki DiVaughn, celebrates bodies that aren't always seen in mainstream media — stretch marks and all.

"Our overall message is sexiness and beauty at every size," says DiVaughn, who is also director of Fat Bottom Cabaret. "Some people are like plus-size women, curvy girls like it better. No. Everybody is beautiful, every type of body is beautiful."

Check out these Austin artists in person during their April 13 performance, Twerkin in the Rain, at The North Door. 

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Fat Bottom Cabaret
Fat Bottom Cabaret celebrates the beauty in all bodies. KLRU/Arts in Context