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I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Dancing With the Stars, nor would I typically go so far as to say I *heart* my wobbliest body parts. But more power to comedienne and DWTS contestant Niecy Nash, who, during last night’s premiere, proudly told partner Louis Van Amstel that, “I’m not like most people. I like my jiggly parts. I like meat. I like a little junk in the trunk!”
As we’ve seen in prior seasons, most DWTS contestants seem to shrivel up and dissolve like human Alka Seltzers once they start dancing eight hours a day. Kelly Osbourne shed 14 pounds during the first 6 weeks of rehearsals, Jane Seymour confessed she lost 22 pounds while on the show, and Jennie Garth’s jeans went from a size 29 to a size 27. (I think the real issue there, though, is how did this 37-year-old mother of three let herself ever balloon to a size 29 in the first place?! Joke.)
But Nash, star of Clean House and Reno 911!, is thrilled with her current state of curvy affairs and doesn’t necessarily want to fall in her shrunken co-stars' teeny footsteps. Before competing with the Cha-Cha, Nash warns Van Amstel, as he snacks on a low-fat yogurt, "If I lose my jiggly parts, you’re gonna get it."
I give big props to her for her glowing body image. It sounds like Nash has come a long way from being the "chubbiest girl" in school who "always had to stand in the back." As someone who sprouted northwards far before her classmates, I know that back line all too well. My parents attended countless dance recitals where I'm sure all they saw was their daughter’s forehead bobbing around the stage to Madonna’s Lucky Star or the Pointer Sisters’ Neutron Dance. I was not only taller, but bigger than my classmates, and often felt like I should have been in the back - the front row was for the tiny sprites who wore tight-ankled Guess jeans and weighed less than Missy, my terrier-lab mutt. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school, when I was one of six dancers cast to perform at a big show, that a Nash-like change happened for me. We wore white leotards (not the most forgiving of clothing articles, and this was pre-Spanx ) with sheer white chiffon draped from our hips to our ankles…and I was consistently placed in the very front. "You’re long and tall,” the choreographer told me, "and you look the best in this outfit so we want to show you off.” That was a major turning point for me, moving from the back of the stage to the spotlight.
And that’s where Nash is now, too. "I wanna prove I don’t have to be the little chubby girl who stands in the back," she said on camera. "I can be the nice, thick, grown woman who stands in the front."
You go, girl.