Writer, actor, and producer Issa Rae’s Insecure shows Black and Brown women in a light Hollywood does not usually portray. Main characters Issa and Molly are allowed to be imperfect, and the the ups and downs of their flawed but formidable friendship are the heart of the show.
Issa’s physical comedy defies the ways society is meant to perceive women: She is awkward, makes “unattractive” faces, and does not “fit in” with average beauty standards. In addition, casting of thick women like Natasha Rothwell, who plays best friend Kellie Prenny, breaks away from other tropes of the common “curvy character” narrative by not focusing on her body image, but simply allowing her to be herself—a dynamic and hilarious character. Especially in comedy, fuller-figured characters are usually there for comic relief, but it’s never the case for Kellie.
Where to watch: HBO Max