Last Friday at around 8PM when I saw this post on IFB about “Bloggers & Body Image” pop up on my Facebook timeline (c/o of Kelly from Masque Mag), I winced and clicked, hoping for the best but dreading the worst. Based on just the Facebook comments, I knew it was going to be a controversial article before even opening it. As an overview, the premise of the article is to examine and provide commentary on the plight of non-traditional or niche fashion bloggers. The opinions expressed hinted at the idea that the most successful fashion bloggers are not just successful because they fit within the fashion industry’s ideals (non-minority/young/skinny/modelesque/all of the above) but that they’re also successful because their blogs just have better quality overall. They have discipline, they post higher quality images and they post more consistently.
Within the plus-size blogging community, for example, the author essentially argued that aside from bloggers like Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason (both of whom I love to pieces, by the way) there aren’t enough high quality bloggers with curves or other non-traditional qualities for brands to take notice of anyway. After reading it at least three times and combing through some of the commentary surrounding the issue, I proceeded to write an honest and emotional response. I poured out my heart in the comments section. And almost immediately after writing it, I erased it.
As someone who has been very vocal about my issue with body image and the role it plays in social promotion within the fashion industry – both online and offline (if you haven’t yet, please read my Why Don’t You Love Me: An Ode To Outfit Posts article), it would only seem natural for me to have an immediate and honest response to this issue.
[Photo via Estee Lauder]