First of all, hi! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, and that’s because I recently started a full-time job and I’ve been working on other projects. Blogging sometimes kind of takes a back seat! But I’m back at it and I wanted to share with you a cool article that I got to be a part of last week.
I’ve written before about how finding nice clothes for bigger ladies in Toronto is a pain. It really is. Either designers think you want to look like an oversized floral couch from Great-Aunt Mabel’s basement in the 70s or they give you shapeless muu-muus meant to “hide curves and unsightly bulges” while making you look like a P.T. Barnum circus tent. No thank you. And alongside that, plus-size women are traditionally ignored in mainstream media. We’re joke characters on sitcoms or held up as poster children of ill-health. It’s annoying, and that’s why I’m glad that The Grid Toronto, a city-wide magazine focusing on Toronto culture, decided to make plus-size women the feature of this week’s issue, just in time for Toronto Fashion Week.
I’m even happier I got to be a part of it! The call went out two weeks ago for plus-size ladies interested in being photographed and I sent in my picture on a whim, never imagining I’d get picked for the shoot. I was one of 12 ladies picked, and we had just a blast trying on clothes from stores all over Toronto and being photographed. I enjoyed the experience greatly, and I enjoyed meeting women that were like me – plus-size and wanting fashion that flatters us and makes us feel good.
It’s interesting to me that some people still feel that plus-size women can’t be beautiful. I’ve been told, “It’s just because thinner women wear clothes better.” I think that’s extremely untrue. If anyone had been looking in the studio windows that day, they would have seen radiant women wearing clothes that flattered them, made them radiant, and made them feel good. We were laughing, joking, supporting each other and for that moment – becoming friends. I met women that I never would have been exposed to generally. Some were successful in business and the arts. One owns a plus-size store herself, and you can find her blog here. And we were all similar in that we weren’t just “a bunch of fat women whining about not having clothes in our size” – we were women demanding better from the fashion industry and from society. We wore those clothes beautifully and we enjoyed every second of it.
If you’re interested in the article from The Grid, you can read it here. And as for me, I am going to look at the pictures published online and in the magazine every time I feel worthless as a plus-size woman. I wouldn’t look better thinner – because I look amazing right now, at my size. Thanks to everyone at The Grid shoot who worked to make me feel empowered, beautiful, and listened to. You all were just great.
It was an experience I’ll never forget!