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The limits of the plus-size market and the limits of marketing to plus-size clothing shoppers were just a few of the topics covered by blogger Darlene Lebroncreative and influencer Ushshi Rahmanmodel Hunter McGradyand writer Amanda Mull. Read on for an in-depth discussion about terminology, confronting moral judgments about weight, the role of capitalism in twisting the discussion around body positivity, and so much more.
Bonus: You can listen to it, with only minimal editing this version has been condensed and edited for clarity. Audio link below. So I was wondering if I could have you guys each say what words you use to describe yourselves or like others to use. Do we need words for this at all? So I think once our industry grows and all deers start doing clothing — not just for the plus majority, like sizes 14 to 22, but also 24, 26, 28, 30, etc.
The Size Conversation. Size, by the s. Body Positivity Is a Scam. Further Reading for The Size Conversation. Hell yeah. Me too. Hell yes. Because, like, what else do they want us to say? Everybody else gets a way to describe their body that is accurate, that is a physical word about their body — thin or muscular or whatever. Ushshi: Because even in that, it basically insinuates that there is a baseline and there is a norm.
Darlene: Exactly. It is what it is. And nobody owes anybody, any strangers, their health. Be unhealthy! Ushshi: There are people that go on steroids, there are people who have eating disorder recovery, there are people who gain health by gaining weight, there are people who also gain weight because they have a back injury, or chronic illness, or fibromyalgia, or so on, so forth, where their mobility is affected — and guess what, they still deserve respect. They still deserve love.
They still deserve to be treated just as humanely as someone with perfect health. Love your body! Meredith: We talked about how we want to talk about it, so how do brands talk to us about it? Something I can go and buy! Would you like to feel good about your body and buy some of our body wash?
I think that what is a genuine change, or a genuine beginning of a change in our cultural values about bodies, has been co-opted by brands who are just running out of other ideas for ways to make women feel bad about themselves and buy something, so they decided to try making us feel good about ourselves to buy something.
Brands know that they can do very minimal size extension, or cast a plus-size model, or not retouch theiror something like that. People will click on that; people are interested in body positivity. One, call me. Who is putting together these campaigns? Do you have a plus-size woman on your board? And it was just a great feeling. I had never had that on set before, where it was like, we all get it. Have someone who knows it. Ushshi: Representation means nothing to me without power. You have your individual departments; you have people with experience and knowledge. And on the flip end, I want to talk to the consumer.
And I want to tell the consumer, we need to do better on who we support and influence as well. Who are we putting out there? We need to be better, smarter, supportive. Small plus-size lines go out of business every year. Hunter: I love Premme because they show all sizes. They show the size they carry. Ushshi: Have your values be represented by your actions. We are proud of you as a customer.
Even within plus sizes, they only want to sell aspirational fatness, which is the smallest, thinnest, closest to the standard beauty ideal. Now, if you actually want to care about your customers, change the feedback. Change how you put things out in the world. Hunter: When we all walked in, we knew exactly what we were all wearing —. But we still have a long way to go. You want to lose weight? And who are these brands actually giving their dollars to? And I think that sometimes giving them options and saying these are different ways that you can make an impact or have influence.
Darlene: What would I say to her? And then go and support the ones that are out there trying to do their best. I think our community needs to be just as savvy as the brands that are coming back to us. We need to start thinking on the flip end — how are we going to be just as savvy, just as brilliant as them?
We are. Meredith: Maybe for wrap-up remarks, we can all go around and answer that question: What would you say to that girl? Ushshi: Is the average not the plus size, though? In America? Is that not the size 16? Meredith: The literal average girl, who wants this conversation to actually go someplace and not just be stuck on the same things. Ushshi: I would say, first and foremost, you are deserving and worthy exactly where you are, not 10 pounds from now, not 20 pounds from now, not a different life from now — treat yourself with respect and care for exactly who you are right now.
But I think there are much bigger issues outside of consumerism and financials and the business end of it that we were talking about. Advocate for yourself and for other fat people. And this is where we really need you to not just stand up for yourself but also defend people that look like and feel like you, essentially.
Hunter: That was absolutely spot-on. Be a part of the movement, but actually be a part of that movement and lift each other up, no matter their size. I think loving each other is, as easy as it is to say, harder to do because of how brainwashed we are as a society.
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