Beautifully Invisible is not a “plus-size” blog. Do I talk about the straight/plus-sized debate? Sure. Do I love the fact curvy models like Laura Wells and Crystal Renn are being utilized more and more by the fashion industry? You bet I do. Do I love the positive impact women like Christina Hendricks have had on the way curvy women are viewed? Most definitely.
However, despite the fact that I could be considered a plus-size fashion blogger (I am a US size 12/14, after all!) my sole focus here is not, and never will be, the “plus-size” aspect of fashion. I write about everything that catches my interest. It just so happens that includes the topic of size in the fashion industry.
Earlier today, I was reading a couple of articles that have been submitted to IFB’s Links a la Mode when I came across a wonderful post by LoveBrownSugar’s CeCe entitled “Why Don’t You Love Me? A Curvy Girl’s Ode to Outfit Posts.” In her post, CeCe says:
“If users on sites like Chictopia, Lookbook.Nu or Weardrobe are in any way indicative of the fashion-forward masses, then these sentiments still resonate loud and clear. Plus size isn’t posh. Curves aren’t chic. Hips don’t get “HYPE”. And thus the unsuspecting outfit-poster who boasts a size of double digits is left to wonder if there’s room for her, or if she should just stand by and look.”
“I wish the term ‘plus size’ would just disappear into thin air never to be uttered again. I find it bizarre how attractive girls with great personal style will label themselves and their own blog as ‘plus size’. You’re not buying jeans, you don’t need to declare your size. You are writing a fashion blog, the focus is you and your fashion.”
I found myself nodding along in agreement as I was reading both of these wonderful posts. I don’t do outfit posts, but I have certainly noticed the same trends that CeCe described. Sites like Chictopia and Weardrobe definitely appear to skew toward the more modelesque amongst us, and I hate the fact that a beautiful, stylish woman like CeCe is left feeling like, perhaps, there is no room for her in that world.
Meanwhile, the heart of Evie’s post tackles whether a blogger’s dress size can affect readership and potentially divide the blogosphere into two worlds: that of straight and plus-sized fashion. This issue of division is something that has been on my mind a lot. Since starting this blog, I have been characterized as many things. Some people call me a plus-size blogger. Others as a curvy fashionista. Others a fatshionista. Most ( myself included) simply call me a fashion blogger.
I am labeled in this way and I don’t even do outfit posts!
Yes, I am considered “plus-size” by today’s sizing standards. But that is just a clothing size.
Yes, I am curvy. No denying that. But that is just my silhouette.
Yes, I am a fashion blogger. I write about fashion-related issues.
But a fatshionista? I absolutely abhor that term. I don’t think it’s cute. I don’t think it’s kitschy. I think it further divides us. Fatshionista. Fatshion. Isn’t it just fashion, plain and simple? How far should the labeling go? Skinnynistas? Asianistas? Vintage-istas? Greekistas? Blondeistas? DoubleDDistas? ModCloth-istas? Doyougettheidea-istas?
I don’t understand why, as bloggers, we have chosen to further promote and create divisions amongst ourselves. Every blogger has their own niche – whether its street style, editorial, personal style, whatever. If I come across a fashion blog whose content doesn’t interest me, I move on. I don’t need them to label themselves – their content speaks for itself.
But, to each his own, I guess.
I know that there are bloggers out there who do label themselves fatshionistas, some of which could be considered the authorities on fashion for the plus-size women. I can’t imagine these women want to further divide us, so I feel like I must be missing something by being so opposed to these labels. Right? Is it because I don’t consider this a plus-size blog? Is this why I feel these labels are – at their core – wrong?
I simply don’t get it. What am I missing here?
My size doesn’t define me as a person, so why should it define me as a blogger?