Jamie Lopez, who founded a Las Vegas salon for overweight women and is apparently a representative of the so-called “body positivity” movement passed away last weekend at the young age of 37 years old.
The once-846-pound woman was admitted to a hospital for heart issues prior to her death, according to TMZ.
WE tv, the network hosting her show, “Super Sized Salon,” posted statements to social media announcing her death.
We are saddened to hear the news of the sudden passing of Jamie Lopez. Jamie’s passion to create a safe and welcoming environment for all women at Babydoll Beauty Couture will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends during this time. pic.twitter.com/LdXGAYvF4c
— WE tv (@WEtv) December 20, 2022
“We ask, on behalf of the Babydoll family, that you allow us time to process this tremendous loss,” read one statement. “Please keep our Babydoll family & team lifted in your hearts and prayers.”
“Super Sized Salon,” lasted just one season before Lopez’s death. The former salon owner reportedly created her company from bed, weighing 846 pounds before eventually losing 400 so she could walk once again.
The average woman in the United States born in 1985 is expected to live an average of 80 years, according to the CDC.
It was noted by The Federalist that almost 77 percent of adults in the U.S. are considered to be at the very least.
“People just don’t like fat people, they treat us horribly,” Lopez said to the Mirror in 2019 regarding her desire to make the overweight feel more included in society. “They want to make us feel like we’re unwelcome or feel like we don’t belong here.”
Accommodate, she did. Lopez’s salon is decked out with styling chairs capable of sustaining weights of up to 800 pounds, along with heavy-duty benches that hold up to 600 pounds, according to the Mirror.
Lopez told reporters back then she “put [her] life and everything into this — sacrifice, blood, sweat, tears, everything.”
“Financially it is a huge investment, but right now I feel like it’s go big or go home.”
The late Lopez’s salon, Babydoll Beauty Couture, claims to be the world’s first salon for “plus-sized” people.
“People need a safe space and I am going to give them what they need,” Lopez said in 2019. “Haters are my motivators – so watch out because we’re coming full-throttle.”