It is constantly a topic on so many plus/curvy and fashion/fatshion websites. It's not always bloggers who bring it up either - it can be written in comments as well as in posts... it is the question of the gorgeous Crystal Renn and her weight.
Crystal is a woman who has endured an eating disorder trying to remain a teeny-tiny model - only to bounce back and become one of the world's most famous plus-size models. In an article in the Daily Mail today, Crystal addresses her weight loss.
Crystal is amazing with and without an abundance of curves. I adore her... From the curve of her breasts when she carries a little more weight - to her current slender/toned figure - she is stunning. Fierce. Gorgeous.
I am a blogger who has always been curvy. Always been fat. I LOVE myself. I LOVE our fashion. I DO have great curves and I DO know how to wear them. I have never considered myself any more "real" than any other woman (for example, models). We are ALL real women. Recently a website forum in Europe decided to focus on some plus-size bloggers and pegged me as looking okay... not "too" fat. This perplexed me. To be put up next to other bloggers and described as not "too" fat. It's just fat. Curvy, Round, Plus-size - whatever you like... And it's okay with me. I am beautiful and it is okay for me to be beautiful and be fat. Those words CAN be used in the same sentence.
When I started my blog, it was to look at fashion. For curvettes. Simple. Oh, The Places You'll Go does occasionally dip into the realm of fatshion and fat acceptance too. But just one site mentioning my weight - and then comparing me to other people - my blogger friends - perplexed me. I accept I put myself forward for that - to a degree, what with having this blog and all... but I don't have to enjoy that aspect of running a blog.
Goodness knows what it must be like for Crystal Renn - being constantly compared to herself.
The issue of Crystal Renn and her weight, for me, is tired. Whether we agree or disagree she is, as far as the modeling and fashion world is concerned - a Plus-Size model. She is an amazing woman who battled a terrible condition - got through it and she should now be an inspiration.
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PPS - I won't reveal the European website that discussed the bloggers and their weight... they don't deserve the hits and I like my fellow bloggers far too much...
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