One dress at a time. Fashion loves its rules but the focus on body positivity is making it rethink its stance.
Plus-sized women have always had a hate-hate relationship with fashion.We are not interested in fashion because the fashion industry is not interested in us. After, all the fashion industry has always worshipped at the altar of the tall, thin femme.
But bodyshamers don’t restrict their talons to the plus-sized only. Anyone too thin, too tall, too short…basically non-regulation size, is good meat to dig into. The good news? Thanks to social media, bodyshamers are not getting away scot-free.
Case in point: When Lady Gaga was called chubby after her Superbowl performance, she took on her trolls on her Instagram account.
BACK OFF, BODYSHAMERS
She said: ” I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions.” Many celebrities- Indians too- have taken up the bodyshaming banner. Model Chrissy Teigen showed off her post-pregnancy stretches (stretchmarks) on her social media account, Sonam Kapoor wrote a powerful piece on busting the myth of female celebrity flawlessness. And recently, Kareena Kapoor Khan shut the bodyshamers up declaring, ” I am out and I am flaunting my size, whether people still feel I am overweight or not.”
This is the era of body postivity. A reason why hashtags like #notasizeist or #loveyourself are gaining traction. Fashion Blogger Gia Kashyap has been battling this brigade for quite some time. “As most bloggers internationally were tall and skinny, I was told to be a clone of them or I wouldn’t succeed.” Seven years hence, Kashyap’s blog is one of the body positive space on the net. Her advice: “Accept yourself. The last thing I would want to do is become a slave to society’s perception of beauty.”
FIGHTING FIT: Sonakshi Sinha has fought bodyshamers all her life. She decided to follow the “you do you” rule, a message she wants to spread.
BE YOURSELF: Fashion can be stressful with its many rules. Stout women shouldn’t wear horizontal stripes. Don’t wear a top that shows your visible belly outline (VBO). Patterns bring attention to the body. Thick legs? Don’t wear ankle straps. If you’ve ever been told that you don’t have the arms, legs, neck, torso, height or weight to pull off something, it’s time to stop listening. Kashyap says,”Wear what you want with confidence.” A ‘woman’ isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ module. Fashion has to learn it.
BE CONFIDENT, BE CHIC
Five ways to get some confidence surge
Highlight Your Best Part
Embrace your best features. If you highlight your favorite part, you are bound to feel instantly stylish.
Don’t Doubt Your Choices
If you are uncertain about an outfit, odds are you won’t feel 100% confident about your look once you’re out and about.
Know Your Colors
Experiment with different colors to find out which hues work best with your complexion.
Have A Personal Style
The easiest way to feel sure about an outfit is to cultivate a signature look. Having a go-to look saves time too.
Spend Five More Minutes
Give yourself extra time to plan an outfit or a new hairstyle.