The Skinny is an R29 original dark comedy series that follows feminist wannabe YouTube star Jessie (Jessie Kahnweiler) as she explores love, life, and friendship in L.A. — while struggling with bulimia.
Jessie is sick of men telling her she is not good enough. If it's not video executives it's YouTube commenters or the men in her life. In a moment of strength, she throws away her diet pills, vision board and bulimia. A brief fight with Cole exposes his misogyny and her accelerated eating disorder. Jessie finally takes a stance on her relationship and kicks him out.
Her relief is met with dismay when she exposes her secret to her mother — who doesn't understand how a happy, young, tan woman could have an eating disorder. None of this matters, though. Jessie is about to take the world by storm after Stewart explains how much Waste Media loved her "PMS breakdown" in their last meeting. Jessie and Stewart are off to the Middle East to film her brand of videos — ending in a mad dash to the airport cut short by the issues she thought she left behind.
Watch as Jessie attempts to find acceptance while trying to accept herself.
If you're struggling with an eating disorder, you're not alone. The Beat (Beating Eating Disorders) Helpline can be reached on 0345 634 1414 (Adult Helpline) or 0345 634 7650 (Youthline).
As heard in this episode:
Artist: Latasha Alcindor aka L.A., "Pretend Janet"
Artist: Kosher Dillz, "Koi Ha Kavod Lirkod"
Artist: JP, "Sweet Summertime"
Artist: Frankie Rose, "Pair of Wings"
Artist: Sweaty Dune,"Looks Good Sounds Great"