As a teen, the uncut writer and director of 'The Skinny' Jessie Kahnweiler was nearly destroyed by the feeling that her emotional intensity and her curvy body were “too much.” In a culture where young women are conditioned to diminish themselves, Jessie told us, “I remember looking at Delia’s catalogues, you know? No, no, no, American Girl catalogues — sweet, pretty girls. I wanted to be fucking Minnie Mouse. I wanted to be adorable.” She turned to bulimia as a way to make herself smaller and empty herself of the bad feelings, a coping mechanism she struggled with for a decade until she hit rock bottom and found sharing her story as a road to her recovery.
Creating autobiographical videos about everything from bulimia to sexual assault, Jessie tackles the stories that terrify her most with an honesty you can’t help but see your most vulnerable and powerful self in.
Filmed in 2016 and previously hosted exclusively on Fullscreen’s subscription platform, this fall we are thrilled to re-release eight episodes of The What’s Underneath Project on our YouTube channel, free and accessible to all.
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