Monday, October 29, 2012

Why I'm Off Fashion Magazines

Today, I want to talk about this. Because this is why I'm no longer prepared to buy and read one particular fashion magazine.

Yeah, I really did see this in one of the most known fashion magazines in the UK. Seriously. There are several HUNDRED things wrong with this but first and foremost, can I just say. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? 

I'm going to be honest and say, right now, me and my body are not having a harmonious relationship. It doesn't look, feel or behave quite how I would like it to just at present, and I know that for some people, it's a difficulty they have to face every single day- whether through illness (mental or physical), disability or through lacking confidence in themselves or their body image. I'm fortunate in that I know what I can- and am doing to improve this relationship, but reading things like this in the press, it reminds me that as a society, we have a seriously long way to go in improving general attitudes to how we view our bodies and their functions. 

Firstly- why should we want to make ourselves look smaller? There are a lot men and women who would gladly gain a few kilos. For health reasons, and those who are slender, who prefer the idea of a more curvaceous figure. So Fash mag, screw your ideals. 

Secondly- Er buy my clothes a size up so they don't fit properly? Purposely spend money on something that might provide me with a one season wonder look and then wonder why on earth I have a wardrobe full of clothes that I would just LOVE if only they fit properly... Yeah, great. Really savvy. 

Thirdly- WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. Yes, I'm still wondering who on this earth thought it would be ok to promote women trying to make themselves look smaller. As someone who spent so many years hearing others speak untruths of me that I started to believe those untruths, the continued bombardment of any kind of negative message such as this one, has GOT to be a bad thing? 

One of the many things I like about blogging- and reading blogs across a huge variety of areas, themes, topics and personalities, is that I get a healthy mix of opinions and images. I love that I see beautiful women with varying styles, shapes, outlooks and opinions every day. So... everyone needs to be smaller- yeah, not today thanks. 

I'd really like to hear your thoughts on this. Hit me with your opinions folks. 



Charlotte Cliffe said...

That is the stupidest thing I have ever read. Like I buy certain tops in a size 18 or whatever because I want them baggy but to recommend doing that for all of your clothes, just to make yourself feel good is fucking ridiculous. Not to mention, if you feel that low about yourself in the first place, do something constructive about it, don't hide behind clothes that won't fit you. I'm genuinely in shock!! x

Roisin Elizabeth Keats said...

I totally agree with every single point you've made. Just as I think the fashion industry starts to progress - the models in look for example now being 1 slender and 1 more curvaceous to show different outfits for different body shapes - the lighthouse of fashion prints something like this. Generally disgusting and why they've been allowed to write this god only knows.

Milly said...

Thankyou for posting something like this - I struggle with my body size and shape, and have to admit things like this do suck me in sometimes, and I hate it. It doesn't help that fashion magazines that claim to feature 'real girls', they're all still tiny stick-like things. Example in point, a certain weekly mag that do street style stuff often feature articles on 'dressing for your shape' and how to dress if you're 'bigger' - but it seems like it's a novelty and patronising when their general fashion stuff features one size. I have nothing against being smaller and I know some people who'd love to be bigger, and some women with larger shapes don't want to be smaller, but I'd like to see ALL body sizes and shapes actually celebrated and treated as the norm, and not just in a 'fashion for plus size' or 'how to suit your shape' (and make you look smaller...) way.

Caroline Henson said...

umm is there any logic at all in that statement? even if you did want to make yourself look smaller, buying bigger clothes isn't exactly the best way to do it. how about healthy diet & exercise? when i was a size 18 i used to just wear baggy clothes all the time because i felt so bad about myself & they just made me look bigger & feel worse. sadly i think that all fashion magazines & the fashion industry in general will continue to spout self-esteem destroying crap until the end of time xx

Chloe said...

I am with you on this- I don't think it'll ever really change. It's just soul destroying to be half think we might be getting somewhere then I read something like this.

Chloe said...

Thanks for sharing this Milly, I agree whole heartedly that many articles can seem patronising. Really interesting point on the Street Style features. I was more concentrated on the High Fashion, but it would be better to see street style in all shapes and sizes instead of a handful of off duty models.

Chloe said...

These are just a few of the reasons I had a major WTF moment. Sadly, I'm not finding it as shocking any more, and some of the other comments are telling me that they're not that surprised, just disappointed.

Ayden said...

I actually don't read half these magazines anymore Chloe. Who the fuck writes stuff like that? Absolute madness xxx

Chloe said...

Madness is precisely the word. I quite like to read magazines, but this particular one, no more. I cannot and will not purchase something that puts a message like this out there.