I’ve often used this space as a medium to express my opinions, most times they just involve me stating what I think about a certain event or an issue. But today I’m a little confused. I’ve been thinking about this for a really long time now and it’s been bugging me, in a I’m-not-going-to-leave-your-brain-till-you-have-a-clear-idea kind of way.
A while ago I came across this campaign by Stefania Ferrario and Ajay Rochester and they call it #DropThePlus. This is a campaign to stop the usage of the word plus-size. The idea is to get rid of this term, since it has become a label to define women who don’t conform to a certain body type or size. The aim seems to be to break the existing stereotypes about beauty in the fashion industry and to be recognised by your work rather than your measurements. After reading about this campaign and the thoughts that went behind it, I began wondering if the term plus-size is just another scheme to add to the ones already existing in body shaming.
But that wasn’t enough. I had to know more. A little research directed me towards Stefania’s quote: "I'm NOT proud to be called 'plus', but I AM proud to be called a 'model', that is my profession!” While it does seem like the campaign is meant to break existing definitions of beauty, I can’t help but wonder if the model herself is offended being called “plus” because our society condemns fatness. The campaign suddenly seemed less about changing society standards and more about the fear and embarrassment that comes with being fat. So is it okay to deny the relevance of the word plus-size?
The campaign clearly wants to deny the differences between body sizes, but there are differences, and these differences are real. We live them. Rather than dropping the term, a more sensible solution would be to change the market in such a way that it makes equal space for all body sizes. Completely banishing the term plus-size might just take us on a downward spiral back to where we began. Rather than being ashamed of being called plus-size, we should embrace it. We should understand the differences in body sizes the way we understand differences in culture. Just as there is a section for petite people, there is one for plus-size.
But this argument leads me back to wondering if this is also a way that we conform to a beauty standard that exists and consider ourselves outside it, away from the norm? Should we just drop all the terms and refer to ourselves as women? Or should we acknowledge these differences and be proud of them?
I want to know what you think since this seems to be a never-ending loop in my head.
Yes, this is the first time I’m baring my arms on the blog.
Yes, they are fat.
No, I don’t care.
Now that I’m on this mission to break all the fat myths, here goes another one.
Outfit details: Dress: Flea market, Goa, Rings: Thrifted, Necklace: Levitate, Shoes: Pondicherry