This week we’re talking about size!
1. Should someone’s size stop them from fashion blogging or having a voice in the community?
No. Wouldn’t that be the same as telling someone of color they can’t have a blog? So what if someone is bigger/smaller than I am? I follow maybe two bloggers that are nearly the same size as me. Frankly, I’m sick of all the skinny girls getting the press… 🙂
2. In your opinion, can the term “curvy” and “plus-sized” be used interchangeably when it comes to fashion?
Technically, in the modeling world, I am plus-sized. But in normal-land, I am considered skinny. I’m probably not the best person to make decisions like this, because the label doesn’t affect me. But, you can be curvy and not be plus-sized. Just as how you can be plus-sized and not curvy. (so that would be a NO- because they’re not the same.)
3. Many people make the argument that catering to plus-sized women would promote being overweight as “okay”. What do you think? Should more designers be catering to plus size women?
I don’t think people being plus-sized is promoting overweight being “ok.” Isn’t that the same as saying size 00 models are promoting eating disorders? The average size for w woman in the US is a size 14. That is never represented. I wish designers would WANT to cater to these women. But I think it may be out of fear. It is very easy to design something to fit someone with 30-26-30 measurements, and have it look phenomenal. When you throw T&A and a little bit of bulge in there, a designer won’t know what to do with it.
4. Should the mainstream fashion industry be showcasing more plus size models?
Plus size for them or plus size for the rest of the world? I just wish the fashion industry would stop trying to pretend that these women don’t exist or have an opinion. I’m not plus-sized, or model thin (I’m a size 8) but I feel like runway shows don’t showcase how the clothes would fit on a REAL person. I am a quite curvy size 8- I have boobs, I have a BIG ass. Some skinny little jeans that look awesome on the runway look stupid on me.
5. For you personally, how do you view your size, the struggle with it through the years, your ideal size, etc…
I’ve been the same size, give or take 10 pounds, since I was 16. Up until then, I was short (about 5 feet tall) and weighed 90 pounds… with size 9 feet. I was a mess. Then, I just GREW. I’m thankful that I’ve always been the same size, because it means I’ve known my body for that long and I know what looks stupid and what looks ok. Sure, I’d love to lose a few pounds, but I don’t really care. I like how I look.
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