The Museum of Fat Love | On Exhibit | Hillary and Brian

Hillary and Brian

We met in 1998, when we were both in what was later to be deemed the World's Worst Statistics Class. We were both sophomores at our conservative university, and both beginning to realize we weren't cut from the same cloth as many at that school. We had loads in common, including interests in anime & video games, unusual music, a healthy dose of skepticism, and a tendency toward irreverence in EVERYTHING. We were both plump, and we each found the other ridiculously attractive. He tried to catch my eye. However, I was reeling from a bad breakup & didn't see that he was hitting on me.&bsp;

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In early 1999, he was dating another girl who was great, but just not suited for him. They fought a lot, and I became Advice Girl--that female friend a guy has when he needs tips on how to make another girl happy. To my dismay, I developed a raging crush on him. To his dismay, he developed one on me, but felt it would be wrong to act on it. Eventually it was one of my friends who spurred him into action: "Think of both of them," she told him. "Now, who do you LIKE more?" He blinked, realized what was wrong with this picture, and we've been together ever since.&bsp;

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I went through a period of Weight Watchers, trying to get back to a size 12 (what I wore when we got married) from a 16. It didn't work, and I quit in despair. His response was "Thank GOD. You were miserable." That reaction, unbeknownst to either of us at the time, would later push me into the body acceptance movement.

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St. Patrick's Day 2010 will be our 10th wedding anniversary. We have a three-year-old son. We've sent each other back to school for more degrees, entirely unrelated to our first ones. We have been together through the most stressful times in our lives.&bsp;

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This picture shows us on our 7th wedding anniversary at the Memphis Botanical Gardens.&bsp;




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