“Many designers, dripping with disdain, lacking imagination or too cowardly to take a risk- still refuse to make clothes for this 100 million strong demographic.”The selection of + size 12 clothing in stores such as Nordstrom (8.5%) and J.C. Penney’s (16%) is paltry compared to the varied selection for size 2 figures. Nike.com shows only five items. I guess curvy women are not expected to dress well. I guess curvy women aren’t allowed the opportunity to experience the confidence a well-fitted article of clothing affords. While I found this interview fascinating, as I write this post, I’m furious. (Sometimes I don’t know what I truly think until I write it down). What message does this convey? Society’s definition of beauty is a size 2 female? Seriously? I don’t want my 18 month old granddaughter growing up with this definition. And, the issue goes beyond being insulting and humiliating. The New York City Girls Project is tackling the issue of girl’s self esteem and body image. Their site notes:
Over 80% of ten year old girls are afraid of being fat, and, by middle school, 40-70% of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body. The goal of this initiative is to help girls believe their value comes from their character, skills, and attributes, not appearance.I hope there is a climate change on this issue. I do appreciate someone like Tim Gunn getting out front on this issue. BBLB, as I've noted in previous blogs, advocates bravery. I think it took courage for Tim Gunn to criticize his fashion family. And to do it so publicly on NPR and in the Washington Post takes guts. To be sure, his friends in the fashion industry are not happy with him. But I am.