Adiba Nelson currently resides in Tucson, AZ with her husband, 6 year old daughter, and 2 teenage stepsons. When she is not advocating for disability rights, body love/size acceptance, performing burlesque, or writing her face off, she is busy ironing her cape and looking for ways to fit more shoes in her closet. She is also the author of the children's book Meet ClaraBelle Blue, and is currently working on her memoir. You can find Adiba at

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Adiba Nelson   |   11.30.17 11:11pm   |   SHARE

A Word To The Brokenhearted

The universe always knows, and so what it does in all its lovely knowing, is it clears a path for you. When the universe sees that things have reached the point where they stand to steer you off your path, it will clear a way for you to continue moving onward... Read...
Adiba Nelson   |   12.30.16 12:00am   |   SHARE

The BET Awards: What Jesse Williams Wants You To Know

He opened his mouth and time stood still. My pulse quickened. My heart raced. My eyes filled with tears. And I. WAS. PROUD.
Adiba Nelson   |   06.27.16 4:00pm   |   SHARE

Why I'm Here For Season 4 Of Orange Is The New Black

While most of my friends on social media are in a complete uproar over season four of Orange Is The New Black (OITNB to the rest of us), I am standing at full attention, giving Jenji Kohan the loudest slow clap in the history of slow claps.
Adiba Nelson   |   06.24.16 12:33pm   |   SHARE
I wasn’t nervous going into the shoot, though I was about to be as vulnerable as ever. Image: Inga Kaboom/@dalahawk

I Took A Bath In Milk (And Then Freaked Out)

I wasn’t nervous going into the shoot, though I was about to be as vulnerable as ever. That milk bath was orgasmic. Plus — A BATH. How many busy moms can honestly say they get a warm bath to themselves — ever? It felt like a French kiss in France atop the... Read...
Adiba Nelson   |   06.14.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
When I tell you that we couldn’t be more different if we tried, I’m not kidding. Image: supplied.

Blending Families: Less Fun Than Blending Margaritas

How do you go from two extremely different individuals living life separately to two extremely different individuals merging their separate lives into one loving family portrait — all while avoiding a cosmic meltdown? Very, very carefully. And with a bottle... Read...
Adiba Nelson   |   06.3.16 10:17am   |   SHARE
My Life by Mary J. Blige was the Lemonade of the mid-to-late 90s. Image: Uptown/MCA Records.

Before Lemonade There Was My Life

[CN: mention of suicide] How did we get through love before Lemonade? We examined our lives through Mary’s shamelessly honest storytelling on My Life.
Adiba Nelson   |   05.30.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
I had to do something — my vagina was threatening to go on strike. Image: Thinkstock.

Hallelujah: The Telling Of Orgasms Faked

He put in seven minutes. SEVEN MINUTES! It takes more time to boil water, but this dude was thinking he was the man! I thought to myself, This has got to be an evil, awful, cruel joke.
Adiba Nelson   |   05.5.16 2:10pm   |   SHARE
I’m Becky, and I didn’t even know it. Leave it to the woman I model my hustle after to put my asshole behavior right in my face. Image: Parkwood Entertainment/screenshot.

I'm Becky With The Good Hair: That Time Beyoncé Called Me Out

In my mind, I was Beyoncé, and she was Becky. She was the one he needed to run back to. She was the one who could have his ass, because I was leaving and I wasn’t sorry about it. Then Lemonade came out and the light bulb came on.
Adiba Nelson   |   05.5.16 12:01am   |   SHARE
You know that old adage, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”? We make good on that. Image: Parkwood Entertainment/screenshot.

Lemonade:  Beyoncé's Visual Telling Of Love

Enter: Lemonade. [...] Beyoncé reminds us that she is as real a woman as the rest of us. She is a strong woman, yet made even stronger in her ability to start anew.
Adiba Nelson   |   04.27.16 12:01am   |   SHARE