Ok well I kinda have been decided to revisit this theme once again because of 2 things today.
Number 1: The new reality TV show Stylista which as Gawker writes proves "You're Not The Right Fit For Elle If You Can't Fit Into A Sample Size".
Number 2: Something Awful forum thread (never heard of this forum before, but someone has kindly, not, linked to me in the "Ask me about working in the Fashion Industry" thread).
Ok so about Stylista. I actually have only just heard about this show as of today, I don't normally watch American Reality TV shows (I'm all for their Aus versions though, as you all know I loved Project Runway Aus but I have never watched the USA versions. The main reason for this is because of the bitchiness of USA TV shows. PR Aus was so happy in comparison to what I have seen of the USA version even the Helen stuff was light hearted, and after speaking to Oren and Petrova from the show it was all hyped up and out of context anyway...well mostly).
Anyway, for those of you who don't know what Stylista is, basically it's like Project Runway only they are competing to be a Junior Fashion Editor at Elle USA magazine. Sounds like fun yeah? Well not if your a plus size contestant it turns out. Poor Danielle, from the beginning she was the odd one out. I just watched the 1st episode and in the section where the contestants 1st day outfits are judged by a mean stylist, only Danielle is praised, but I got the feeling that the stylist guy didn't want to seem "fattist" so he went soft on her. Anyway that's just my personal observation. The real issue came in the most recent episode where all the contestants had to create an outfit using the Elle sample cupboard. Well there was nothing that would fit Danielle of course. The producers would have known this from the start of course, even way back when they auditioned her to come on. It was all set up to add drama, at the expense of her feelings. It is true that maybe she could have grabbed some accessories and just worked them, but she was obviously embarrassed and ended up in tears in a cupboard. Then the other contestants were going on and on about how the stuff was too big for them, not thinking about Danielle's feelings at all. It was really painful to watch.
I'm not sure what I would have done if I was in her situation. Like I have said before, I know I am fat and I am fine with it (mostly, as I have said many times I want to be as "thin" as I was when I left Japan but that's all been said numerous times before on here and I'm working on it...I say as I'm eating choc chip cookies Henry bought for me after work, lol) Heck I knew when I met Yvan that I was too fat for Facehunter. He is looking for beauty and fashion not crazy fat girl in silly dress and glasses. He did take some photos of me, but not for the site...Anyway I have no delusions on what I can and can not do at this size, I can work behind the scenes, I can't be in front of the camera. I know I'm no model and I'm fine with it.
Then someone says something like this (from the Something Awful thread)
Ichor posted: What do you think of this (with a link to my blog)
Gofrockyourself posted: This is going to be the meanest thing I've said in this thread so far - but there is a reason she's not working for a mainstream magazine (and it's not just that she lives in Melbourne). Fashion is an incredibly prejudiced industry, and looking like she does is sort of like going to an interview with sauce on your shirt.
Is this true? I don't think so, its against the law and discriminatory. The reason I don't work for a mainstream fashion magazine is because I haven't tried to, yet. I'm still studying. It is true that living in Melbourne does mean less opportunity's to work in fashion which is why in 2010 Henry and I are moving to Sydney (also more work for an interior designer, plus Whitehouse has a campus there and you can go on exchange). I thought that it would of course be hard to get a job in fashion, and I do know that my size does mean people are quick to judge and assume things about me. But really "sauce on my shirt".
Is this true? Will I never ever work in fashion? Or will I always be a fashion outsider locked out due to my size?