I was asked by journalist Annie Stevens to comment on the current focus in the media on plus size fashion and the issues involved within the fashion industry. It was published in The Age newspaper on Saturday 19th June, with a giant photo of me (wearing my much loved City Chic fringed skirt and City Chic rings and bangles of course).
I spoke about how I am semi reluctant to become a spokesperson for the plus size cause because I see myself as a fashion blogger and stylist and don't see my size as something that should be the focus. That being said I do appreciate that I am slowly becoming a public figure who can help girls see that, no they don't need to hide away, they should be proud of their curves and that working in the mainstream fashion industry isn't an impossible dream. As I have started blogging for City Chic I have come to know and to read a lot of great 'fatshion' blogs and am now involved in the Young Fat and Fabulous conference in New York next month. So you could say I am changing my mind because I think its fantastic that we are being given a voice and I do want things to change. Like I said in the recent The Vine article, "do we only exist once a year?" because right now only one issue per year of a magazine is devoted to plus size fashion. Where do we go the rest of the year? We want to be fashionable the whole year thank you very much.
Here are some quotes from the article.
"Even though I've always been fat, I feel new to this plus-size fashion thing. Two years ago I wrote (on my blog) how, yes, I'm fat and these are my secrets to how I dress. And then I didn't really mention it since, but it has become 'well that's who you are'"
My point is there is more to me than my size, and I wont ever let my size stop me from achieving my dreams.
"I just want it to be that everyone is OK"
I really do. I think size is one of the last frontiers. We have addressed sexism, racism, homophobia and now its time to address sizeism (or whatever you would like to call it). Every body type is beautiful and one day I want it to be a non issue. But for now, like Naomi Crafti from Eating Disorders Victoria suggests in The Age article, I am all for empowering myself by using the word 'fat'.
"It's about the use of 'fat' as an empowerment. In the same way that gay groups use the word 'queer'. the idea being that if you use a word often enough it loses its negativity. 'Fat' no longer becomes something you can hurl at people."
So next time someone says you are fat as an insult, why don't you turn around and say "Yes I am, and I'm proud"? Really, they wont be expecting that.