There are somethings that are bound to get my back up (what a great way to start a post eh?!):
- Fat bashing of any kind (see this post)
- Using the word 'REAL' to describe a larger person
- Using the word 'CURVY' to describe a larger person
Now, as the title of this post suggests, I'm looking at the word CURVY.
This annoys me on two fronts:
The ladies of the world who are a size 8, but curvy, now daren't call themselves that for fears of being labelled 'Plus Size' - a term I don't necessarily agree with, but will use until I can think of something better!
This woman is CURVY - but call her 'full figured' or 'plus size' at your peril.
How is she plus size? How is she 'full figured'? I mean, come on!
But okay, if you don't believe me yet:
This woman is CURVY. And again, you wouldn't say she was anything other than 'straight' sizes would you?
I am also curvy:
I'm not saying I'm not - however, I am saying you can be plus size and NOT curvy, as well as straight sized AND curvy. The two aren't mutually exclusive.
This curvy is a euphemism thing is two fold - what about the beauties who are plus size but don't have curves? I mean the Apples, the Pears? They are still gorgeous, so why then are we excluding their 'shape?
So, what is the point I'm trying to make?
That using the word 'curvy' to describe any ol' plus size gal, isn't doing you, or your brand, any favours. You have plus size beauties looking at themselves and thinking - "I don't have curves, I mustn't be included". You will also have straight sized curvy gals wondering why you're appealing to them...
So, curvy is indeed a shape, and not a size.
Much love my lovelies,