From celebrity deaths and mind boggling political news, it’s safe to say that 2016 has been a truly future-shaping year. Fatties in particular have had a roller coaster ride of a year, here are some highlights from the plus size fashion world.
— ELVI (@ELVIclothing) September 14, 2016
New Clothing Brands and Collaborations
At the beginning of the year, River Island launched their first ever plus size collection. As a fatty who has hoped, wished and prayed to various deities for more high street options, I was over the moon. Their collection went up to a size twenty four and it didn’t take long for that to extend. Size twenty eight and wide fit shoes were a part of this fashion-forward range as well.
Elvi teamed up with Hayley Hasselhoff for their first celebrity collaboration. This was one of the first luxury ranges for plus size women. Born right here in the UK, the collection has a distinctly oversized theme.
— BellaCurvesNG•com (@bellacurvesng) December 20, 2016
Plus Size Models Hit the Headlines
Plus size model Ashley Graham has been an unstoppable force as she has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, walked runways during New York Fashion Week and graced the cover of Vogue Magazine. Whilst she is more of an ‘acceptable’ plus size and her thoughts on term are questionable, there is no denying the visibility she has given to the fat girl brigade. Her stratospheric rise is set to continue with her flourishing lingerie line and modelling career expanding into straight size publications.
It wasn’t just Ashley Graham who was hitting the headlines this year though. Fluvia Lacerda made it onto the cover of Playboy Brazil, which was a first for the publication.Georgina Horne (of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust fame) and YouTuber Grace Victory were amongst the many in truly diverse lingerie campaign from Dear Scantilly. Speaking of Georgina Horne, her modelling career has skyrocketed this year with campaigns under her belt at Simply Be, Hell Bunny, Rosie Red Corsetry and Big Tights Company to name a few. I can’t wait to see where she pops up next.
Another highlight is Lauren Nicole signing to Hughes. It really has been a year of fat bodies dominating the newspaper stands – long may it continue.
— Good American (@goodamerican) December 18, 2016
Blogger Babes Take Over
Where would we be without the true front line of fat fashion, the bloggers! This year was bittersweet for the blogging community; we had fantastic events such as Curve Fashion Festival, blogger edits for fashion houses such as Danielle Vanier for Elvi and blogger-ran online magazines in the form of She Might Be and This Is Plus (ran by Georgina Grogan and KJ and their teams of bloggers respectively). However, we also suffered the loss of the British Plus Size Awards, Curvy Convention and Miss Plus Size UK when Linda Koch went bankrupt in the latter half of the year.
Stand out blogger stars:
Danielle became one of the faces of straight-size brand Monki’s 10 year anniversary campaign. She also won InStyle’s Curve Influencer of the Year, another amazing award given by a non-plus focused major publication.
Callie became the UK’s first and only plus size columnist in a glossy fashion mag by bagging a position in Marie Claire. She is now also signed to Milk Management as one of their top influencers!
YouTuber Grace Victory made her television debut in no less than two major documentaries for BBC3 tackling subjects from “clean” eating to puppy farming.
Georgina Grogan not only created She Might Be Magazine, a new online hub for all things unapologetically fat, but she also bagged her own beauty subscription box with a portion of all proceeds going directly to charity.
Gabifresh, an American OG blogger, had an incredible year too. She became one of the faces of Khloe Kardashian’s new denim range, Good American – making her the first fat blogger to be featured in a worldwide celebrity endorsed and created fashion campaign.
Some other standout blogs from this year have been Curves n Curls who became one of the faces of Studio 8. NerdAboutTown continuously pushes for better visibility of black bodies whilst serving fierce looks. Secret Plus Size Goddess who won Best Blog at the British Plus Size Awards. DiamondsAndPearls who created her own t-shirt range with brand XL Promodoro. ArchedEyebrow for bagging a dream job at Navabi as well as writing her own novel. The Velveteen Femme for inspiring street styling on fat bodies. ChloeInCurve’s incredible ability to look luxury but create wearable looks at the same time is worth noting too.
New Years Resolutions
Whilst all of this is great, brands still have so much to learn. The industry desperately needs to change and allow room for more diverse bodies. With that in mind, here are three resolutions I want to set the plus size world:
- Make room for more diversity. We need to get better at including bodies of all shapes, sizes, race, ages and abilities.
- Better social media campaigns from brands. More engaging content, less ‘jokes’ about diets (looking at you Boohoo)
- More celebration of blogger achievements. There is room for us all, make 2017 the year you shout about your amazing achievements!
Multi-award winning Plus Size Fashion Blogger in London via Nottingham. 30 going on 22. Once affectionately named “Queen Feminist Whale” by online trolls. I’m here to remind you that fat women are actual humans, not memes all whilst serving you fashion on a fat body.