This post is a little bit different to my usual; I guess I'm just thinking out loud but I feel this is something a lot of you will relate to. Particularly for fashion and beauty bloggers there seems to be a pressure for us to look like models.
I feel this pressure especially in relation to fashion, to the extent that I don't really do personal style posts. I'm definitely somewhere between a conventional model's size and plus-sized. It feels as though conventional models will always be 'the standard' but plus-sized ladies have carved out a niche for themselves and people in-between (which I assume is most of us!) are a little invisible (even lingerie brands have shifted towards using fashion models). The only exception I can think of is Kate Upton and there is still a lot of snobbery towards her in the industry. Don't get me wrong - plus-sized ladies are 100% given a rougher ride by society than size 10-12s, but they've done a good job of making themselves visible in the fashion world.
This got me thinking that maybe I should be the change I want to see in the blogging and fashion world. I'm not a person who can put on just about anything and look amazing, but maybe in that I have something to contribute?
We hear time and time again people saying they want 'relatable' but still the bloggers who come out of nowhere and immediately get a huge following fit a certain aesthetic, seeming to suggest we actually want the opposite! I'm not saying I'm not 'pretty' enough or whatever, I just know that I have a certain look and it definitely isn't the one that the new crop of popular bloggers have. Plus I'm really un-photogenic! (Seriously, I look in the mirror, then look at pictures and wonder what happened haha)
At the end of the day I'm just a girl who loves to shop and that's why I started blogging! My main aim was to be helpful and entertaining, not for people to want to be me or to be wowed at pictures of me but I do wonder if that's what people want. Sometimes you'll read 'reviews' by popular bloggers and there'll be 2 sentences on the product followed by 5 pictures of them wearing it with various poses. To be honest that's just not me and I don't want to change. I write what I like to read (and admittedly I manage to strike a decent pose by once in a blue moon. By accident...)
Where am I going with this? I'm not sure...as I said I'm just thinking out loud! I'm not trying to make an argument for anything and I haven't reached a conclusion, but let me know your thoughts in the comments.