Woman of Size with Jana Schmieding Brings Body Confidence (and Comedy) to Women of LA

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On January 20th, at The Lyric Hyperion in Los Angeles, Woman of Size LIVE!, a show featuring songs and monologues by female performers held their inaugural showcase. This audience inclusive show included sets by TV producer/podcaster Lorraine DeGraffenreidt, actress Ruha Taslimi, stand-up comedian Danielle Perez and was hosted by comedic writer/director Jana Schmieding

Women of Size (from top left) Ruha Taslimi, Lorraine DeGraffenreidt, Danielle Perez (from bottom left) Marcy Jarreau, Jana Schmieding, Maria Lopez and Babbs Lopez.

This show opened with a screening of Schmieding’s video Project Genesis, where the female performers in comedy discuss problematic behaviors towards their weight and race in their lives. Then the performers all gathered around a couch to discuss the intersections between their size and race. The show is as insightful as it is funny and women of all sizes and races will appreciate it.

You may have heard Schmieding’s Woman of Size Podcast, which also addressed these issues in a weekly format, also providing interviews with other women of size and color.

Later in the show, a screening of Schmieding’s other video, which is a webseries called Women on the Street also played. In this comedic series, plus-size twins Babs and Maria pick the brains of random on the street about weight issues.

Women of Size LIVE host Jana Schmieding

The next Woman of Size LIVE! show will take place on March 31st at The Lyric Hyperion at 8 pm.

BONUS FOR FOODIES: The Lyric Hyperion does serve food and beverages! Be sure to check out their menu here.

Keep an eye out on their site for more info.

Images by Leslie Korein

Sara M

Hailing from the great state of Virginia, I have an affinity for fresh apples and anything covered in butter or cheese. My family and I are from Guatemala and I had the pleasure of living there for a few years. Coffee and corn are engrained in our culture and continue to be staples in my diet. I was a pescatarian for ten years of my life but have become a carnivore in the last six months. I have been exploring the world of meat and have tried everything from BBQ ribs to Peruvian chicken. Every day is a new adventure in the meat department! I do not have much restaurant experience but I did work at a coffee shop for five years. I became a coffee master and learned how to pair different blends and origins with food to bring out maximum flavor, whether sweet or savory. As a Washingtonian, I will be focusing on the DC restaurant scene but will also be sharing new recipes and exploring the meaty side of life.

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