Cheese and Chalk

I love fashion. I sleep, breathe, dream and write about it. So you might argue that the natural next step would be for me to author a fashion blog. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about it before. However, I’ve decided that it’s not something I want to do. Not yet.

My fear is this: once you’re tagged as a “fat fashion blogger”, that label follows you around forever. It doesn’t matter how much weight you lose, or how many years you keep it off, you are forever and a day known as a “fat fashion blogger” (or an “ex-fat fashion blogger”).  I don’t want that kind of label attached to me. I especially don’t want that sort of label  after I’ve worked my ass off, literally, to have a new start in life.

Society would have you believe that fat and fashion goes together just about as well as cheese and chalk. Fashion shouldn’t be the sole domain of the skinny. For the most part it is, and that’s wrong. That’s why I’m glad there are fat (or “plus size”) fashion bloggers. I just can’t bring myself to become one. For me, becoming a plus size fashion blogger feels too much like I’d be normalizing being this heavy, and that’s not something I’d ever be willing to do. Being 236lbs and writing a plus size fashion blog feels too much like being a cheerleader for being morbidly obese, and that’s not something I’d ever be okay with.

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