Welcome to Reclaim UGLY


Reclaim UGLY is an intergenerational, multi-racial, LGBTQIA+ and Black-led organization that serves social justice minded communities and centers the voices and needs of people who exist within the following intersections of identity: Black, Indigenous, & Mixed Race People of Color (BIMPOC), Fat/People of Size, LGBTQIA+, and Sick & Disabled People.

We create joyous healing and educational spaces and resources for people who have been most impacted by uglification, isolation, bullying, and other forms of social harm to congregate with love and explore what a liberated and loving community can feel like. We also offer tools, resources, and training for allies and advocates who want to remove practices and systems of uglification from their organizations, corporations, schools, and community groups.


What Is Uglification?

Check out this 101 slideshow about what uglification is and how we can interrupt it in our everyday lives!

UGLY Is Freedom

“Ugly is the opportunity to truly indulge in yourself, in your desires, in your body, and the way you want to express yourself and the way you want to exist in the world – while abstaining from the patriarchy….It’s freedom from feeling like you have to conform.” – Vanessa Rochelle Lewis at the 2020 Explore More Summit.

Join Us At Our Upcoming Events!

Image description: A promo image for The Body Riot Weekender. A light purple background with text that reads, “The Body Riot Weekender Checklist.” A page taped on the background has a checklist that reads, “Sign up for free from April 6th, Reject diet culture, Live Authentically, Unlearn fatphobia, Prioritize my pleasure

EXCITING NEWS! Vanessa will be speaking at @bodyriotweekender a 5 day virtual summit hosted by @AntiDietRiotClub from the 6th – 10th of May. 

They’re bringing together renowned educators, inspirational experts and disruptive speakers for a free online summit exploring what it looks like to resist diet culture, live in our bodies authentically, embrace pleasure and fight back against fat phobia.

Click this link to sign up FOR FREE (this is an affiliate link meaning if you choose to buy one of the option extended access packages I get 50%)

📆 Date? May 6th – 10th

⏰ Time? All day! You can watch the talks whenever you want during each day, as well as join live events usually in the evening (BST)

#BodyRiotWeekender #IPredictARiot

A flyer for What's Your Kryptonite?
Image description: Flyer for “What’s Your Kryptonite?” Workshop. A pink sky with a sun shining from the top left background. Gray text reads, “Creating Freedom Movements Presents: What’s Your Kryptonite? Recognizing and Releasing the Resentments & Traumas That Block Your Magic & Joy. A benefit workshop for Creating Freedom Movements. Learn more and register at: bitly.com/CFMkryptonite. May 29th, 10:30a-5p PT with a break from 1p-2:30p PT. Deadline for requesting ASL: May 15. Automated Live Captioning will be provided. http://www.creatingfreedommovements.org” . On the right side, a colorful photo of Vanessa Lewis is shown. White text underneath reads: Facilitated by Vanessa Rochelle Lewis, Author of Reclaiming UGLY: Uplift Glorify Love Yourself And Create A World Where Others Can As Well.”

What’s Your Kryptonite: Recognizing and Releasing the Resentments & Traumas will be a day long event with Creating Freedom Movements, inviting us to lean in to ourselves, investigating what are we holding onto too tightly that may be getting in the way of all the magic and joy we deserve. Find out more here.

Contact US

Vanessarochellelewis@reclaimugly.org | 415-678-8691

In The Press

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Making an Appearance at a Conference for Ugly People


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Queer Spirit Podcast: Reclaiming UGLY as an Act of Queer Pleasure
with Vanessa Rochelle Lewis


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Black queer healing poetics of Vanessa Rochelle Lewis


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The Space Between Us, Hosted by Jovelyn Richards

Women’s Magazine

Our Upcoming Book!

Image description: An abstract background of pastel pinks, purples, and browns filled with various textures and patterns is featured on a book cover. Pink and brown text reads “Reclaiming UGLY! Uplift, Glorify, & Love Yourself, and create a world where others can as well. Vanessa Rochelle Lewis”

Reclaiming UGLY, the book!

January 21, 2021

Flip the script on how you think about UGLY – what it means, what it is, and how to reclaim it to Uplift, Glorify, and Love Yourself in an uglified world. Blending joyful self-help magic with incisive social analysis and personal narrative, author Vanessa Rochelle Lewis empowers readers to heal, connect, and revolt against uglification.

Through self-help exercises, reflective meditations, and lesson plans, Lewis moves us closer to a collective liberation that takes back what society tells us is ugly and taboo…and teaches us to deconstruct what we’ve told ourselves is ugly and taboo. Reclaiming UGLY is a warm embrace and compassionate guide toward radical self-acceptance, joyful community-centered healing, and unfiltered self-love. Coming soon