Monday, March 7, 2011

"So why are black, female, fat fashion bloggers, many of whom drive consider...


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"So why are black, female, fat fashion bloggers, many of whom drive considerable income towards the plus size fashion industry via their blogs, not seeing themselves adequately represented in this new curvy trend? The "fatshion" movement has made it obvious to the maintream fashion establishment that there is a market out there for fashion-forward clothing in larger sizes. Any survey of the fatshion blogosphere will tell you that a great percentage of that market is black. Why are mainstream fashion mags so reluctant to include black plus size models in their spreads, and why do the "high fat fashion" retailers use all white faces as their representatives? It definitely has something to do with the aversion to using black straight size models on runways and in fashion spreads. Unless you're Alex Wek and the photographer needs the color of the clothes to "pop" against your dark skin. If thin blackness is unwelcome, imagine a double-whammy of fat blackness. Since black women's bodies tend to have an exaggeratedly feminine shape, it could be the tendency of fashion designers to pick androgynous shapes to model their clothes. Plus size white models don't usually have a very exaggerated sexualized shape. So this goes back to society's issues with black women's bodies in general. Since black women are stereotyped so often as being loose or hypersexual, any emphasis placed on sexualized body parts due to their size compounds the problem. Better to leave that can of worms alone and just work with the non-black models."<br/><br/> - <em><a href="" target="_blank">Where My Sistas At? The Underrepresentation of Black Plus Size Models in Mainstream Fashion | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture</a> (via <a href="" target="_blank">ilovefat</a>) (via <a href="" target="_blank">exiledsoul</a>) (via <a href="" target="_blank">shanaelmsford</a>) (via <a href="" target="_blank">calinative</a>) (via <a href="" target="_blank">notesonascandal</a>) (via <a href="" target="_blank">heartachesandjewels</a>) (via <a href="" target="_blank">ancestryinprogress</a>)</em>


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