I love when Buzzfeed pleasantly surprises me in a way beyond results to their addicting quizzes. Today, a post went up titled “18 Fashion Bloggers You Need On Your Radar.” Understandably, I predicted a list of the same ol’ safe, generic fashion bloggers that I see all over the internet already; lithe, white and wearing clothes that most of us style lovers can’t really afford. Instead, I saw a list of kick ass, daring, largely plus-size bloggers whose style ranged from edgy to trendy.
Well that’s refreshing, right? That’s cool, right?
Uh, wrong according to some of the comments. One woman felt straight up duped, saying, “a heads up that this post was just for thick girls would’ve been nice. Just like the same for blogs for skinny girls would be. I think diversity is the answer, not the polar opposite.” Another said, “Definitely not bashing or fat shaming, but I agree with those saying that it should be more varied in body type.”
Let’s knock this out of the way right here and right now: Plus size doesn’t have to come with a warning label.
Can we please stop pretending that one post highlighting curvy and/or overweight women is somehow unfair when a majority of the most celebrated and beloved fashion bloggers are on the thinner side? Trying to come across as someone who is looking out for the best interests of equality isn’t all that believable when there is a complete failure to understand context. We live in a world where larger bodies are treated as grotesque and different. Maybe everyone should consider that before acting like that roundup is hurting diversity.
This reminds me of a great post I saw on Tumblr that described privilege in the simplest of terms:
“…You have two kids, and you give one of them a cookie and the other one half a cookie. Then you give the kid with half a cookie another half a cookie to make it even, and the kid with the whole cookie starts to scream about how it’s not fair that the second kid got ‘two cookies.’”
That’s exactly what this whining sounds like. For once, plus size, curvy bodies aren’t labeled as such and all of a sudden people are acting as if they’re given special treatment.
Basically, screaming “What about the thin bodies?” comes across as pretty ignorant in this context. Any other round up of fashion bloggers will have exactly the thin bodies you’re looking for. Why can’t larger bodies have a chance to shine?
Here’s what these angry Buzzfeed readers should have done: Asked themselves why seeing these womens’ bodies made them feel so betrayed? Why were they so upset about these women being classified as fashion bloggers first and foremost as opposed to plus-size fashion bloggers? What universe do they live in in which a post about non-plus size/curvy fashion bloggers would include “skinny” as a descriptor?
Come on, let’s cut the crap, people. It’s time for some serious critical thinking about the way we and the world around us treats larger bodies.
Do you think that there needs to be more diversity in the world of fashion blogging? Was Buzzfeed’s roundup refreshing or restrictive? Who are your favorite fashion bloggers at the moment? Tell us in the comments!