Fashion Discussion: Why Should Size Matter?

It happens like clockwork. Every time we feature a plus sized Bombshell, comments invariably veer from observations of style to edicts on health and doctrines on the dangers of obesity.

Yesterday, for Bombshell Tiffany from Chicago, most were focused on her looks, but some, like MissyQeenB said, “I CANNOT get past her weight,”Mommy’s Daughter said, “It disturbs me that only in the black community being obese and overweight is being applauded. I am not saying crucify her. I just wish the community would take this seriously and realize obesity is a fatal disease that kills,” and reader Vogue said, “I love how people keep saying [her weight] doesn’t matter. I see there are a lot of overweight people up in here. Would I be surprised? 8 out of every black women is grossly obese. Shhhhhhhhhh weight matters.”
Yes, according to the Office of Minority Health, African-American women have the highest rate of being obese or overweight in the US. According to the CDC, 78% of African-American women were considered overweight or obese in 2010. Whether or not one chooses to act on this knowledge and hit the gym or diet is a personal health decision. So when it comes to fashion, as long as your clothes fit and are flattering, why make a fuss over size?

For some reason people feel free to offer unsolicited advice, not knowing if the person in question is working towards a more healthy size or is dealing with an unrelated medical issue. And at the end of the day, if their clothes are tailored, colors gorgeous, and if the overall package is an A+, why should we focus on their (plus) size?

What do you think?



Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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