I’m probably going to be controversial here, but hey, who gives a damn? I am back, and I am going to be bitchy. Just not quite how people imagine a bitchy fashion journalist to be.
I am sick of the media lying. Notwithstanding the fact that apparently Plus Size and Curvy can be used interchangeably (note: they can’t) and that whoever is young, peppy, and has big boobs is now “curvy” (see above) I am fed up of the absolute crap mainstream fashion media sells girls and women.
This is Tulisa, taken from her official Instagram:
Before I get hate comments, read what I post very carefully. If you look at that photo, it looks like Tulisa is probably sucking her stomach in. At least a bit. Now, again, don’t shoot me for saying Tulisa has a bit of a podge. It is NOT an insult. She is a real woman, showing a real figure. Why shouldn’t she show it off? The girl still looks good! And the fact she’s willing to show off her stomach shows she’s obviously in a good place with her figure, so fair play to the girl!
Then there is Jesy Nelson. Again, Mixers, don’t shoot me before you read what I have to say. Yeah, I said Mixers. I’m a fan. So, I hated Cannonball but I am a Damien Rice fan. DNA is awesome, and so is Change Your Life. Jesy Nelson gets a LOT of hassle about her figure. And she is noticeably bigger than the other girls. BUT – it looks good on her. She stands out from the rest of the stick thin crowd of female singers, and judging by the way she lives her life and deals with the media machine, she’s a fantastic role model.
But my issue is with media, not with these girls. They are examples of what is wrong with the media. You praise Adele for being a real woman, and claim she isn’t fat. She is. You can see she is. That doesn’t make her the devil, it doesn’t make her a bad person, or a bad role model. What it makes her is purely a different shape to every other cookie cutter celebrity out there. Plus, the girl has just had a baby! Of course she is still carrying a few pounds. It’s what happens when you don’t have idiotic surgery and claim to have just pinged back into shape.
Adele is a big girl. Tulisa is carrying a few pounds. So is Jesy Nelson. So what? Why do we have to read “x is so toned!” or “Look at x’s incredibly toned beach body” when you can clearly see they’re not toned. What’s wrong media? Scared that maybe, just maybe, a girl will look at Adele, Tulisa, and Jesy and say “Hey, they look like me. Maybe I don’t need to feel guilty about being a size 12 after all…” Because trust me, that is a VERY scary thought to the fashion industry.
Oh, by the way media, the average British women’s size is 14. The average celebrity size is between 6 to 8. Big difference huh?