The Alabama State University Honeybeez are a group of curvy, plus-size dancers who have helped to destroy the stigma surrounding self-love. They are one of the most popular parts of any ASU event, and the crowd always goes wild when they step up. And get this – Nike was so impressed with the Honey Beez that they even made a video about them. The four-minute mini documentary gives you an inside look at their training, mission, and struggles.
You can check out the video on YouTube, or just click play down below.
Here’s some of the Honeybeez’ history, thanks to WSFA:
The ASU Honey-Beez came about in 2004, when ASU’s band director, James Oliver, had an idea to allow five “plus size young-ladies” to be featured with the Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets. The concept was initially for the Honey Beez to perform for just one game, but the fans went wild over them; the Honey Beez did a great job, and the rest is history.
One of the most important qualifications to be a Honey Bee is the outer and inner beauty of the ladies, which includes their self-esteem, attitude, their makeup, sense of fashion, and on-field confidence. The minimum weight requirement to be a Honey Bee is approximately a weight of 230lbs – 250lbs. But, remember, it’s rude to ask a lady her weight.
Alabama State University has always been at the forefront of equality, justice and free-thinking since it was founded in 1867 Alabama by nine former slaves – it believes that plus-size ladies have a place in entertainment and not just to be funny, but to perform with confidence and majesty.
And the ASU Honeybeez have a motto: “We are big, beautiful, energetic, self-confident ladies with a strong attitude. If you think we aren’t serious, watch out because you may just get stung!”
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