IMAGE COURTESY: JASON THOMAS
THE BACKLASH BEHIND HEINOUS PLUS SIZE FASHION CHOICES….
The Golden Globes was recently held this past Sunday. Of course, the red carpet was full of stars and the usual madness surrounding the worst and best dressed celebs of the evening. However, one cannot help but wonder if actress Gabourey Sidibe, is getting a lot more flack for her dress because of her size.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. On the other hand, some of the things that have been said have been downright cruel and mean. Of course, the Twitterverse was buzzing with comments. Someone said that she looked like a condom. Another person said that Gabby looked like a chubby ghost from Casper. Ok – I’m sure those comments got a few laughs, but they were so uncalled for.
There is this idea that plus size women endure enough verbal abuse; so why must we inflict it upon ourselves? Which logically, is a valid question….But much like any other industry, the plus size industry is filled with certified critics and opinionated culture vultures. While the certified critic may be some relevant celeb or public figure who’s opinion is “appreciated” and the opinions of the culture vulture simply co-exists like a bad hair day- reality is, plus size women don’t get a special pass for being plus size and we’re susceptible to negative comments just like everyone else- even within our own “plus community”. Everyone has an opinion on everything and nothing- we can’t escape that. But more importantly as it relates to fashion, there’s always some critical crisis committee that mechanically bands together against heinous fashion crimes committed by plus size celebs or bloggers, and then you have the radical image-acceptance coalitions who align with one another to advocate- that people should wear whatever they want; so long as they’re happy.
The fact is. People should be able to wear whatever they want…but if it looks tacky or unflattering, you should expect or at least brace yourself for a barrage of negative comments and reactions. Just be strong enough to handle people’s reactions. Not everyone will agree with you, your looks, or choice of fashion. But be true to yourself, and stand up for what you represent. I’m loving how, Gabourey Sidibe is handeling her recent backlash for her choice of fashion worn at the Golden Globe Awards. She wore a Michael Costello gown and judging by the barrage of negative comments spewed across social media- it was an epic fashion failed. But at the end of the night- Gabourey owned her look with, one insightful message posted to her twitter account, “To people making mean comments about my GG pics I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night”.