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Cosplay and Lingerie with TaLaynn Kel
Episode 220th July 2021 • Fat Mermaids Make Waves • Society of Fat Mermaids
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Content Warning: We go deep with TaLynn Kel, we talk about eating disorders, sex work, medical discrimination, Intentional Weight Loss.

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In this episode we chat with TaLynn Kel a self-published author and cosplayer whose cosplay has been featured in the New York Times and on NBC, TaLynn Kel is a multi-media content creator and curator located in Atlanta, Georgia. An avid cultural critic, TaLynn has published numerous essays on her intersectional identity as a fat, Black, femme geek. Prior to the pandemic, TaLynn conducted educational panels at conventions throughout the U.S. and co-created Black Girl Geek Out with Kecia Stovall, an event centering Black women and non-binary creatives in the Atlanta area.

In addition to writing and cosplaying, TaLynn published two essay books, Breaking Normal: Essays about My Fat, Black, Geek Life and Still Breaking Normal: A Fat, Black, Femme, Geek Navigating an Anti-Black World, available on Amazon. She co-hosts the podcast New Wakanda with comic creator Dedren Snead and has written her first graphic short story for the Kamikaze comic anthology, Short Circuits that will come out later in 2021. She and Kecia Stovall are also creating a documentary with the working title The Space Between: Celebrating Black Womxn in Geekdom. 

You can find her work at and on all the geriatric social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Patreon, and Only Fans and for more information on The Space Between, please visit


We read from Fat Girls in Black Bodies by Joy Arlene Renee Cox, PhD


We talk about everything from cosplay, OnlyFans, comic writing, dating while fat, conscious media consumption, Hamilton, Black Panther, Diet Culture, the hypersexualization of Black femmes, lingerie shopping and what Talynn loves about their body.

Music by Asepirawan 20 on Pixabay