Do I have to be Skinny to be a Fashion Blogger?

This stems from many things: experience at secondary school, pop culture and a recent #fbloggers chat. I want to talk about body image, and our perceptions of beauty and what is normal within blogging and the fashion industry.

Now, I must admit I am not exactly big nor am I stick thin, but as someone who struggles to find shops that cater  for my slimmer build I think it is time we questioned the uneven production of clothes sizes. Please discuss this and feel free to criticise my point of view I am being curious about the industry that I am interested in.

Within Blogging 

I find that being skinny has a stigma attached to it, and that people ask questions and make judgements about your personality about your size internally but never to you:

She doesn't represent a 'real' woman

Now I know the above comment is slightly sexist and that boys have their size questioned along with their muscle tone, but I find that generally women are more judgmental about the way people look. There are skinny bloggers and there are normal bloggers, I must have missed when being slim became abnormal. I will give you an example: I was charity shop shopping with my friend earlier after a coffee, and she said "you go look at your freakishly small clothes while I look at the normal one" now from her I don't mind as we do occasionally laugh at the sometimes comical size difference, but I didn't know being small, slim or skinny was freakish or weird.

But juxtaposed to this are bloggers who consider themselves to be bigger saying I need to be skinny to create #OOTD posts. Number 1: no you don't need to be skinny or smaller than you are, there is always someone who will be a similar size that will take inspiration from your blog. Number 2: but if you want to lose weight that is a personal thing that you can share with your readers but not just to create a different style of post.

The is also the Pro-Ana community on blogging platforms such as Tumblr, which although most people oppose them I think are okay, I have scrolled through the tag recently, and yes the people there suffer from eating disorders but they are finding other people like them to help them through it, and if one of those people recovers and tells the others then it might just help. Non? But on the other hand there are posts like this:

I also find that if you are smaller you are just another fashion blogger in a sea of many.

My last comment on blogging: You don't have to be skinny to blog, you can be who ever you want to be, just so long as you are happy doing what you do.

My Experiences

I know I have already talked about one personal experience in this post but there are a few others I think I ought to mention. At secondary school in about Year 8 I was called anorexic, now being 12 I thought nothing of it, but now looking back I cannot work out if it is meant as a compliment or an insult about my then very skinny body shape?

The second it that I found that it is okay to insult smaller people because the have "nice bodies" but if you insult a bigger person it is instantly bullying and must be dealt with. It doesn't make anysense to me, or maybe its because I am small.

I also find it a real struggle to find anything in a size 6 or 8 in things I like, there seem to be less of these sizes made, esspecially for tall gals like me shops assume that because you are tall you should be size 10+ hence my preference for Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch jeans.

One quick note on models: can we stop saying that ultra skinny models aren't real women?

 I have wanted to write this for a while, I feel I ought to say that I don't mean to offend anyone I just don't understand the stigma attached to being smaller. I also want to apologise for using the word skinny so much, but I think slim is considered to still have some nice curves (just me?)

xo, Miriam

P.S. What do you think? Tweet me at @coffeechanel

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  1. I think that although people talk about there being no rules and about blogging being for everyone, to a certain extent you do have to be skinny to be a blogger. I can list a handful of companies who have run blogger contests and outreach competitions to give bloggers opportunities to model their clothes, where every girl chosen have been skinny, model-like figures.Likewise, brands who send PR samples only do so to the girls who are the perfect model size for their clothes, and it's not sending a good message to younger girls who want to get into blogging and think that they have to make sure they're skinny to do so.

    1. I know what you mean, it seems to be the brands that "cater for plus sizes" that are the ones that chose other bloggers. I think there should be less of an expectation to be skinny, and for there to be more of an effort made by the fashion industry/bloggers to remove stigmas and create a more even environment for people to experiment with style.
      XO, Miriam

  2. I completely agree with the WHOLE of this post. I believe the media has a great impact on affecting an individuals self esteem in terms of promoting these thin models. Naturally these models may be thin, but the fashion world take it to the extreme where it becomes unhealthy. This image they put out is how they think every girl should be. I think this contributes to why some girls think they can't do OOTD because they don't feel they have the correct body image.

    Definintely agree the stigmas need to be removed. However it needs to be addressed that there are individuals who are NATURALLY thin, and that is always going to be their body type. These individuals shouldn't be compared to these stick thin models, because the individuals themselves may be healthy and just have a smaller bone structure or a higher metabolism.

    My post should be up on Saturday! xx

    1. Hoorah someone who agrees with me! There is an underwear campaign in America at the moment that is using no photoshop and all sorts of girls body types which I think is a great start to promoting a healthy way of looking at your body!

      XO, Miriam