The Curvy Fashionista Ponders…

My friend Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista has posed some thought-provoking questions and I’d love to share her article with you and hear your thoughts.

Read on to see her article in its entirety:

Curves in the USA- A question

Vogue Italy

D2

Elle France

Evans UK

French Glamour

V Mag

What do these all have in common?

Yesterday on Twitter, news shared most recently, that French Glamour featured a full spread on their full figured fashion bloggers- AND it included two US fa(t)shion bloggers, Gabi and JFatshionable. Most notably, Times UK listed Gabi amongst one of its top 50 influential bloggers.

Fabulous right!

Yes!

However, this had me thinking, especially after reading @Feminista09 ‘s tweet yesterday …

feminista09http://twitpic.com/1ld3sb @afrobella @fatshionable @55SecretStreet@RevoltRealWomen @jezebelDodai @jenniferweiner @dnyree @gabifresh#USfail

US Glamour Size Issue and French Glamour Size Issue Covers

#USfail.

Hmmm.

Mentioned above, are the INTERNATIONAL magazines and retailers who have featured full-figured fashion spreads or have integrated US plus size fashion bloggers in the mix(myself included). Which leaves me to wonder, with the slight exception to Marie Claire- with Ashley Falcon, why aren’t or haven’t  the American fashion magazines celebrating, integrating,  or including the us full figured fashion bloggers as integrally as their international counterparts?

French, UK, and US Bloggers in French Glamour

One has to wonder.  Why the consistent lack of a plus-size voice within US fashion magazines?  It is evidenced there is a market for it…  Especially as Crystal Renn, Ashley Graham, Tara Lynn, Lizzie Miller, Mia Amber, Fluvia Lacerda (to name only a few)- the plus size models whose curves fashion national campaigns, their faces grace magazine covers, their names recognized outside the plus community, and they champion size issues on national television.  Especially as me, Gabi, and Nicolette – US fatshion bloggers, blog or Vlog for an international magazine’s website…

Tara Lynn Elle France Curvy Issue

This has me thinking, questions raised, as I celebrate in glee with the advancement of the beauty seen in plus size fashion, and I pose these questions to you:

  • Do you think we will ever see a point where the plus size fashion blogger, the plus size fashion community, you- the plus size consumer is respectfully accepted into US fashion magazines?
  • Do you think we will see an editorialized spread of various plus models as evidenced by our international counterparts?
  • Will we see the day a variety of our US plus size fashion bloggers are fully welcomed and respected within our fashion magazines?

I think so! (The eternal optimist, I am) but I see the movement with a different approach Dollars and Cents. However, we can count out Vogue, as Anna Wintour declared ‘no plus Size fashion’ will grace her magazine…  but albeit slow, I think we are on a path!

Your thoughts?

I admire Marie Denee for tackling such a difficult subject and I’m humbled by her including my name among giants in the Plus Industry.

We are definitely on a path to acceptance and inclusion. Slow and steady wins the race but don’t get it twisted, we’re in a marathon!

We need YOU to speak up as viewers, consumers, readers and so on when you’re unhappy with being excluded.  If you don’t make noise, the powers that be claim ignorance and believe that you’re happy with the way things are.

Together we can move mountains.

Unity in the Plus community!

XOXO,

Mia

One Response to “The Curvy Fashionista Ponders…”

  1. Lisa S Says:

    I love how BOLD the International Mags are, they are in your face and not ashame to start a trend instead of following one. Sigh, will we ever catch up. My agent just contacted one of the big plus retailers about seeing some of her models and she was told we only use 8-10’s. The advancement is very selective.

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