I’m going through my copy of Grazia dated 27 March 2013 and I come across an article titled: We’re the Fat-Shionistas. My attention is immediately drawn for three reasons. First the word “FAT” and the word “SHIONISTAS”, which is obviously derived from that horrible word “fashionista”. Secondly 3 pictures of 3 very well dressed and styled ladies. Thirdly on the far right under the “FIVE MUST HAVES FOR THE 14+” a pink top for R255 from Captive8. Now after looking at this top for about 5 minutes, I start getting annoyed. Asking myself who chose these “five must haves”? The 3 ladies featured in the article don’t look like they own anything that resembles this top. Where would I wear this top to? With what? It was in that 5 minutes that I then decided that I’m so sick of magazines giving so called plus size girls the ugly granny clothes. Honestly. Do we not deserve the beautiful beaded bodice from Stefania Morland which costs R10 000 which was featured on page 46. Fine maybe that bodice will never fit me, that’s because while 50% of woman are sized 14 and above, clothes are still being made to cater for size 14 and smaller. And usually if 14+ is catered for its nothing a so called “fashionista” should be caught in. I googled ‘fuller figured women fashion trends’. The results had me wondering what year this was from and what was more confusing was Kim Kardashians pictures that kept coming up…. Is she a so called full figured woman now? Hai! Any way. I could not for the life of me see myself or any other so called ‘fashionista’ wearing this:
Are these the trends? I refuse to believe that the Fashion Gods are letting this happen. I decide to take a look at the blogs that belong to 2 of the 3 ladies that were featured in the article. Tanesha Awasthi of GirlWithCurves.com and Stephanie Zwicky of Leblogdebigbeauty.com And there was HOPE after all. Now these two girls have the “five must haves” these two ladies I would listen to. I would draw inspiration from these two ladies. (Once again my theory that fashion is not dictated by magazines but rather the streets is proved)
These two ladies are so well dressed. Stunningly styled. And they speak such truth in the Grazia article. Tanesha speaks about exploring colour and not being so quick to always go with black because it’s slimming.
Adel isn’t helping us much in this department. The girl is always in a black dress. Yes she looks good in it, but explore! Oh but she did recently explore didn’t she? That didn’t really work out very well.
Stephanie who is from France touched on how hesitant designers are to tap into the so called full figured market. Which does nothing for my life because Id actually die. Kill mothers for that R10 000 bodice on page 46.But its fine. I’m dealing with it and my recovery is speeded up by the reminder that I actually don’t have R10 000 for a bodice. R10 000 for just the bodice. (One day. Just not today)
Ok so my point is. I love fashion. I love clothes and I love to wear them. I write for all Girls/Woman. I don’t categorize them as above and below size 14, solely because style is not a size. I love my body and I really don’t know anyone in 2013 that still has issues with their “imperfections”. They are yours. Own them. Embrace them. And figure it out. Don’t limit yourself and what you can wear. There are no “five must haves for the 14+”. If you personally know me you know that if I like it. I’m wearing it. And 9 times out of 10 I look good. (I was going to say 10 out of 10 times but I don’t want to sound conceited. But it’s actually true.)
The fun thing about fashion is that it’s limitless. You make it your own. Love your body. And don’t put yourself in a box with a label. People call me “plus sized”.” Full figured.” And now “Fat-Shionista” I’m none of those. I’m a woman. The size of my clothes is none of your business. It does not make me nor does it define me. Find a style that you love. A style makes you feel comfortable and amazing. And always. Always be bold.
Take some inspiration from Tanesha and Stephanie.
*Please note that I love Grazia Magazine and this is in no way an article in bad spirit. I just have a serious problem with that PINK TOP.