I have seen a lot of talk recently regarding the plus size blogging community and how it seems to becoming more brand/clothing focussed rather than promoting body positivity and confidence.
I have read a few differing opinions on this subject, particularly after reading Gail’s thoughts on GailyGumDrops
The way that I see it is that everyone runs their own blog their own way. It is a very personal thing, having a blog and you can have a myriad of reasons for running it. My blog started because I loved to write, wanted somewhere I could vent my thoughts and this theme has carried on. I do the plus size fashion alongside the thought and opinion pieces. I never wanted it to be just one thing.
When it comes to being plus size and doing the fashion thing, I have written some pieces on body positivity and confidence but in the majority, the posts are me wearing pretty dresses. I have worked with some brands which has been massively exciting for me, but if I never worked with another brand again, I would still be posting photographs.
Before starting fashion blogging I had no confidence, no body positivity and felt unworthy. What inspired me to blog, like Gail, were pictures of other plus size women, wearing fantastic fashion and looking bloody brilliant. It was their confidence in wearing those clothes that inspired me to grow and become who I am now.
For me, a picture is worth a thousand words and those pictures of confident, fashionably, happy women did more than a dozen articles telling me how to be confident.
But that’s just me. That’s my own journey and every person’s journey is personal to them. Some are inspired by pictures, others by words, others by both. There are some blogs that have pieces on body confidence that I have read over and over again, we all have own angles and our own stories.
The plus size community is a diverse place, as it should be, and long may it continue.