#Beauty: Plus Size is Fashion Forward || So, apparently – even at the size 14, you qualify as plus-size. How endearing.

“You’ve hated your body for so long that you’ve forgotten how beautiful it looks to a stranger”

The world’s been starved of curvy women for decades now and the time has come for a revolution to take place. We’ve all witnessed it – with a size zero becoming a norm, young girls and women around the globe have been subliminally persuaded that they are not good enough, pretty enough and thin enough unless they fit the “norm”. This has led to a very fast and uncomfortable development of deathly diseases, like anorexia and bulimia (not to mention chronic depression, dissatisfaction and self-hatred), causing global discomfort and fear for all the young lives that have dissolved into desperation, hopelessness and ultimately sickness. Luckily, the dialog’s finally been opened and “plus-size” women are making sure their voices are heard.

The unrealistic societal standards of beauty are being crushed by the gorgeous women behind the plus-size movement, which has been gaining momentum slowly but steadily. We are happy to see that more and more people are opening up to the idea of plus-size on the runways, in music videos, in collections, in posters and billboards, i.e. plus-size is finally being included in our everyday lives and we’re collectively accepting it with grand affection.

The irony of this new-found acceptance, though is that we’ve been treating plus size as a novelty rather than a yet another normality we’ve had around since the dawn of time. It feels like we’re suddenly being taught to love others regardless of their figure when we should’ve known from the beginning that such love and acceptance should be understood, not exercised. Oh well… as long as it’s happening.

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Fashion has always been means of communicating ideas, messages, points and hopes. Fashion is your best friend and your worst enemy, the prettiest of mean girls in the squad you so desperately hope to join, even though you know it’s bad for you. But it’s there. And you need it. You need it to breathe. That being said, are plus size and fashion co-existing? A bit, but not entirely.

On the one hand, we love that some of the designers are hopping on board, even though there’s still a long way to go. We’re obsessed with online retailers who have shown major support for the movement, upgrading their clothing selections, adjusting them to women of all sizes. Even more interesting are the plus size fashion brands that have come to life and gained power with the movement gaining a strong stranding, fighting against ribcage fashion. No matter their size, women are finally given the opportunity to dress the same way they feel – gorgeous, strong, limitless.

On the other – unfortunately, we’re still not all that convinced that we’ll soon be drooling over Karl Lagerfeld’s, Balmain’s, Tom Ford’s, Michael Kors’s (to name a few) plus-size fashion display, but that’s okay. It’s not about them, anyway. Rather, it’s about raising collective awareness on the importance of self-love, self-acceptance and self-respect. Maybe they should start teaching it in school?plus-size-is-fashion-forward-ivaniasmode-summer-romance-2014-bloggers-the-wardrobe-challenge

This fashion movement is a fight for equality, with women across the world joining forces to drop the “plus-size” label. ‘Plus’ implies bigger than ‘normal’; such labeling may read offensive and dangerous not just to “plus size” women individually, but to the whole society and its portrayal of women diversity. For this reason, the “P” word should be dropped and everyone, regardless of their shape and size, should be treated with equal respect and acceptance.

Just like all good things in life, this one too will take some time to realize in full. As for those who are accepting it – some are doing it for show, others for political correctness and the real ones – because it’s forward, in every sense of it.

 


photos via slinkmagazine.com / listabuzz.com

Contributor Beauty and fashion writer for HighStyleLife from Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for many fashion events in Brisbane.