I consider myself a pretty confident curvy gal. Surprise surprise. I mean, that's what gave me the courage to start Big&Beautiful&Bold in the first place. Something I often do if I'm at a loss for a story idea is turn to good old Google to see what the latest news in the plus-size community is. Today I came across a great article by Huffington Post blogger Bethany Rutter entitled "It Ain't Easy Being Rad: The Three Types of Plus-Size Women." Bethany essentially grouped chubby chicks into three categories: conservative fats, moderate fats and radicals.
- Conservative Fats: those who DO NOT like their bodies. They don't care for fashion, shy away from anything that makes them look remotely big and are permamently self-conscious and inherently self-loathing.
- Moderate Fats: those who have some interest in style, but only if/when things are appropriate for their bodies. They believe in finding "flattering" apparel, and are not often experimental with their wardrobes.
- Radicals: those who are self-loving and proud of it. They wear anything ane everything, from stripes to tight dresses to Hipster patterns.
The only part of Bethany's post I took issue with came at the end when she writes, "The problem is that there are so many radical fats, and so little provision for us. It seems so much of the plus-size fashion market caters to conservative and moderate fats, not believing there are many, many girls out there dying to rock a VBO (visible belly outline) or expose some chubby thighs in a mini skirt." I fully agree that there are loads of radical fats out there, but I think there are plenty of stores that cater to us. Personally some of my favorites are ModCloth, ASOS, Forever 21, Torrid and H&M. All of these carry at least a 14, and most of them go up into the early 20s. Granted, there aren't nearly as many fashionable stores for plus-size ladies as there are for people size 10 and smaller. But I think it's fairly easy these days for a big gal to wear just about all the things a skinny one would -- from bikinis to mini-dresses to tight jeans to striped outfits to neon. This sort of article always makes me happy though -- hurray for fellow fat radicals! Now on to converting some of those conservatives or moderates (giggles evily).