Let’s take a moment to be thankful that UK plus size bloggers have been at the vanguard of the body positive movement, and to hope that their reach extends much further. They serve as a valuable counterweight to social forces that are becoming more pervasive by the minute.
Chances are you or someone you know is a girl or woman just looking for style in plus size dresses and other clothing (you’ve come to the right place, BTW). But chances also are that you’ve weathered or are still caught in the storm of developing a positive mental picture of yourself.
Imagine, then, being an adolescent girl in our culture, for whom constant exposure to Instagram and the like is now just a normal part of life: The never-ending river of images that are commented on, judged as hot or not, liked or ridiculed or ignored. The natural impulse of insecure adolescents to be liked and accepted has found an adept facilitator – or poisonous ally, depending on your view – in social media apps.
Plus Size Dresses as Liberation
We are grateful for the outspoken plus size fashionistas, who are changing the ways we use language to talk about size, which will slowly – too slowly – but surely change cultural thinking.
Far too much mainstream writing still uses the implied negative, even when its stated purpose is to be positive and inclusive. A quick search for any topic related to, say, makeup or clothing will always return results for “slimming” tips. Why must we constantly be slimming ourselves? The assumption stubbornly remains that, whether in looks, clothing, or or diet, we are always doing something in order to be not who we are, and not simply because we enjoy those things.
If you have girls or young women in your life, consider that the language you use and the image you project is absorbed and will at some point be projected back out. If you could talk to your 13-year-old self, what would you say to her?
So here’s to you, plus size bloggers of the UK. Keep going for our girls. Keep being exactly who you are.