For people that follow me/other plus size bloggers on Twitter, you will know that an article published by 'Real Bodies Unite' has caused somewhat of an uproar in the plus size community of late.
To read the offending article, please click here for part 1, and here for part 2.
After reading these articles, I was angry, shocked and pretty disgusted. Here was a site, who claims to unite real bodies (Which is ridiculous anyway, we are ALL real bodies, whether we are a size 0 or a size 30) interviewing someone with very obvious body issues. Not only personal body issues, but belittling people who don't believe in what she says. I share with you a quote:
'Many of the plus-size community saw me as being ‘untrue’ to them or they perceived me to be on a preach fest. Many took it personally and I understand how it came across. They looked at me for so many years being happy to be big and all of a sudden I was saying, ‘look fat isn’t fabulous for me anymore. I’m obese and many of you are obese and when you say that word it’s not cool and it’s not something we should be promoting as such.’
First off, I am not having a go if people want to change their lifestyles or
diets. This is just not for me to comment on. For example, a good friend of mine
recently embarked on a massive lifestyle change and lost a lot of weight. She
was unhappy with how she felt and she changed something. I encouraged her and
supported her. At not one point did she ever say to me 'You know what Kat, you
having a plus size blog is promoting obesity'. I have absolutely NO IDEA of
where Vanessa got the information that we are promoting obesity. I can't talk
for everyone, but my blog is about ME. It's about the clothes I wear, the shops
I shop in and the outfits that I put together. Since when has any of that
Moving on to Part 2... (Yes, it gets worst...)
'Teens and twenty somethings are particularly easy to target if you sell them theThe thing that made me most cross here is that it feels like she is talking on behalf of everyone that is obese. How can someone assume that because someone is obese that they are not truly comfortable physically or mentally? Maybe for her she wasn't. But I for one am comfortable. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I am also happy. Yes, it took me a long while to come to terms with these facts, but I can honestly say I am happy, content and definitely not in denial about my weight.
right ‘dream’ which in this case is plus-size fashion and that ‘fat’ = strong,
happy, comfortable etc.’ Until recently I drank that kool-aid up and I believed
it. I woke up with new eyes and strong consideration of the facts and I can
speak for myself without the need for a garment to do the talking for me.
To all those teens and 20 somethings who currently are overweight I would say,
enjoy the fashion because it’s beautiful but don’t use it as justification to
stay overweight forever. When the time is right for you, you’ll see that the
majority of obese people really are not truly comfortable physically or mentally
and those that are either in denial (and will hate you for pointing that out as
I used to be when someone questioned my health and weight) or luckily have not
yet suffered any health effects from their weight.'
Something that also angered me about this is that teenagers could be reading this. Impressionable teenagers, teenagers who are maybe not comfortable with their weight. Are we not forgetting, that 'Real Bodies Unite' is celebrating bodies of all different shapes and sizes after all?
'Beth Ditto has a beautiful voice, mind and
kind spirit but she’s young – she
looks much older. Is that what I want to
look like? No, no matter how you dress
it up she’s a rich celebrity whose
overweight and we cannot all get away with
being that size and having that
much success whilst being high fived for it. How
many young girls out there
think they can be Beth Ditto?'
First off, yes she is right about Beth Ditto. She does have an amazing voice, and although I can't say I know her personally (unfortunately), when I have seen her in interviews, she has always come across very well and very genuine. Her size should NOT come into it. How can she not be high fived? Because, heaven forbid, she is fat AND successful?!
I decided to email Real Bodies Unite about this article:
I am just emailing you to let you know how
disappointed and upset myself and a number of the plus size community are, about
the Vanessa Reece article on your website.
I think it was very poor form
to have someone with such bad body image interviewed on your website.
I write a blog, www..plussizebeauty07.blogspot.com, and this certainly does NOT
promote obesity. My blog, and I'm sure many other plus size blogs out there,
are written to show and to prove that no matter what you're size, you can look good,
fashionable, and *SHOCK HORROR* be happy at the size we are.
Have you ever considered doing an interview with someone in the plus
size community, to see what we are all about, instead of just taking
Vanessa's word for it?
I look forward to your reply,
I think this was a fair enough reply. I emailed this over on Thursday. This morning (Monday) I received this reply:
Thank you for your input.
I think if you had taken the time to understand our Real Bodies Unite website, you would see that I have carried out several interviews with a variety of people from many different backgrounds, like the designer Anna Scholz, model Linda Tatla and blogger Marie Denee to name a few and I intend to showcase many more women and men in the future expressing their opinion on body image.
THIS IS NOT A PLUS SIZE WEBSITE
This is about all shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicity working
towards the use of body, beauty and age diversity in the fashion industry. The
website also highlights people from around the world trying to make the same
change with their own campaigns so I do not believe my interview with Vanessa
was in any way disappointing.
Yes, Vanessa has changed her body image
perspective and this is for her health and her mother’s health, we should be
congratulating her on being so brave and willing to help others if they are not
happy in their skin. She was not happy and wanted to make a change.
We are talking about health and happiness; the ‘plus size community’ shouldn’t be
discriminating against individuals for their decision to change their own body
Does anyone else find this response a little bit rude? A little bit, I don't know, patronising, maybe? (Lesson number 1: NEVER patronise me!)I do not appreciate the CAPS LOCK. I also do not appreciate people mincing my words. I did not say once that I was discriminating against anyone. I also stated in my email that I was available for interview. Something that i thought, was a good idea. I wanted to put across my (Our?) views about this article.
You know what else is kind of sad? That Vanessa was part of the community at one point.
So, What does everyone think about this article? Am I just over reacting? Or do you see my point of view?