He contacted me first, and when I saw his smiling photo staring back at me, I knew it was love. When we eventually laid eyes on each other my heart literally skipped a beat. Matthew was more gorgeous than in his photos, and he told me that I was more beautiful than he expected. After a few weeks of being a couple, Matthew told me that he loved me and could see a future with me, but there was just one thing that bothered me — my weight. At first I was taken aback. I had the perfect figure so what on earth was he talking about?
In September "The Twist" topped Billboard's list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot since its debut in , an honor it maintained for an August update of the list. Checker is the only recording artist to place five albums in the Top 12 all at once. The performer has often claimed to have personally changed the way we dance to the beat of music, as when he told Billboard , "Anyplace on the planet, when someone has a song that has a beat, they're on the floor dancing apart to the beat. And before Chubby Checker, it wasn't here. Before the Twist dance phenomenon, grown ups did not dance to teenage music. He was raised in the projects of South Philadelphia , where he lived with his parents, Raymond and Mrs. Eartle Evans,  and two brothers.
Okay, in retrospect it doesn't seem like the hippest music on the planet, but it's what was on AM radio and what my friends listened to; I make no apologies. Dark secret Number 2: At the age of 8, I used to comb my hair into a Rydell pompadour. Now I need to call his toupee-maker!
I was a fat kid. I haven't written about this before, telling myself it's because I write primarily about beauty, and I'm wary of conflating weight and beauty. That's true, but the real reason I haven't written about having been a fat kid is that--listen, I know writers are supposed to "show, not tell," but how can I show you the scar the ever-present question of fatness has etched onto my heart? I can't, and so I will just say: I haven't written about being a fat kid until now because it was too painful.