Our Vision

Take space, and demand more.


Free Figure Revolution is a Southern body liberation organization based in Black fat queer futurism. Our work is dedicated to working directly from the margins of our society, centering the highest and most deadly casualties of white supremacist humanity standards, and from the heart and foundation of any and all body liberation movements - Black fat folks.

Free Figure's mission is to create the revolution we need, and demand the humanity we deserve. We do this through community programming + initiatives, campaigns, and data futurism. In curating safer spaces and programming centering healing, we use a Black fat queer futuristic lens to humanize ourselves in moving through the ongoing antiblack violence we experience.

In cultivating data futurism, Free Figure created the Fat Census is an analytical tool that we created to ask fat people about their experiences to create and provide more data on fatphobia through an intersectional lens.

The census is intentionally curated to interrelate how sizism is amplified by antiblackness, racism, ableism, colorism, transphobia, etc. The executive summary and data futurism art release will be at the Fat As Fuck! Art Show on March 30th.


Ashleigh Shackelford
Creative Director, Data Futurist

Ashleigh Shackelford leading the Visioning Liberation for Black Bodies event for Free Figure on February 27th, 2018.

Ashleigh Shackelford leading the Visioning Liberation for Black Bodies event for Free Figure on February 27th, 2018.





1. Data futurism is the wave.


Data is positioned as distant, inaccessible, institionally based, and antiblack. Data futurism as a praxis of collecting evidence and community experieces is vital in creating a new world and changing the dominant narratives that erase us.

Free Figure's campaign the Fat Census 2017 and the Queer Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survey seek to add to the legacy of evidence-based inititatives that have long existed within our marginalized communities. These campaigns exist specifically to name our truths and provide more accessible information on our identities and the violence we experience daily.

Data futurism is required to name our experiences and our truth in ways institutions are designed to erase and destroy.


2. Transformative justice cannot wait, but cannot be rushed either.


Within our mission, we are creating the revolution we need. Transformative Justice is necessary for us to transform and transcend the lack of consent and accountability culture we live in. We're in desperate need for nourishment, grace, and growth within our communities, especially when it comes to issues of intracommunity conflict and violence.

We are currently looking to cultivate reformative justice initiatives that develop and embody the change we need, specifically through accountability and decolonizing antiblackness.


3. Black. Fat. Queer. Disabled. Poor. Southern.
Our visibility, resources, and healing are long overdue.


Our organization centers Black fat folks first because we know the highest and deadliest causalities of antiblack beauty standards are not the people we see within mainstream body positivity. We seek to destroy the perpetuation that whiteness and thinness are the default.

Our visibility, resources, and healing are long overdue. So we're demanding that we receive and create that for ourselves right now.



Ready to get free?



The Fat Census-4.png