If you are curvy, are you required to be an active participant in the “Curvy Community?” Gabi Gregg, the blogger behind the former Young, Fat & Fabulous site, renamed GabiFresh, doesn’t think so.

She has come under fire for not attending plus-size initiatives like Full-Figured Fashion Week and for not embracing every plus-size designer. Gabi took to her Tumblr to express her thoughts on the issue:

“i went to the first fffweek, posted an honest criticism on my blog, and some people then attacked me for it. at this time i was still relatively unsuccessful and had no income. i still stood my ground and stayed true to my thoughts. i will always continue to support designers and retailers (whether big companies or independent) that make clothing I LIKE AND WOULD WEAR.

[…] i am so sick of other fat girl bloggers apparently calling me elitist and saying i don’t support the “curvy community” because i don’t attend events like fffweek. i did not love most of the designers who showed at fffweek, so i decided not to go and THAT IS OKAY. that is my right. im really happy the event exists. it has its demographic. and it’s not me. we all have enough space to coexist without NEEDING to like the same things.

[…] i started young fat and fabulous because at the time i didn’t know of any resources for young, fashionable fat girls. i love my body, i love fashion, and i encourage all fat girls to do the same. i truly hope that my blog continues to inspire girls to push boundaries as well as show designers and retailers that we are out there and we want MORE options. i just wish people would move past this idea that because we are fat, we must support all things fat-related.

[…] i resent the fact that because im fat, im somehow expected to support these people. i support designs i like. if they’re straight sized, fine, if they’re plus sized, great! i am not required to like everything made for fat girls, and in fact, that goes against THE VERY REASON I STARTED MY BLOG.”

Does Gabi have a point? Do you support designers that cater to your size or race even if you don’t love them? Would you attend a plus-size or black fashion show if you didn’t like the clothing just to support the community?

Read Gabi’s full rant here.

-Channing Hargrove

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  • I’m Blogger, who happens to be full-figured and I must admit, I would’ve love to attend the FFF Week events for Bloggers… but my applications were not accepted. I assumed it was because I do not have the following that many other bloggers have. Which is cool, there is always next year or the year after that (fingers crossed). If the FFF community wants more support from Bloggers perhaps they should embrace new and upcoming Bloggers, (instead of the most popular ones) who would appreciate the opportunity and acknowledgement. I know I would!

    That being said, I think that Gabi had every right not to attend this year’s FFF Week if she wasn’t really overjoyed at the designer’s showing. Isn’t the point of attending a fashion show to get excited about the design and the upcoming trends? And wouldn’t being a fan of a designer enhance that excitement?

  • The way I see it is, Gabi is happy to be a voice for the plus size community. It’s gotten her far, and at the same time, because of her, she’s encouraged others to be voices as well while also giving girls that are plus sized a sense of self.

    Now, with that said, regardless if she used this fact to help her win her MTV TJ competition, she’s simply saying she didn’t attend because she wasn’t feeling it. It was her preference. She never said she doesn’t support plus size, she’s just saying you don’t have to like everything that is plus sized just because you ARE plus sized.

    I mean, I for one, CANNOT STAND Torrid. I hate their clothes. Cheap material for very high prices. Lane Bryant and Avenue make me feel like I’m shopping for my mother sometimes, and a lot of plus size clothing that IS top notch is too expensive.

    There are tons of fatshion bloggers who, seriously, dress terribly or in a way that’s not appealing. But do I have to put them on my blogroll because they’re plus sized? No.

    It truly is about what you like and don’t like! Just cuz you’re down for the message doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything that comes with it. Some things just aren’t gonna catch your appeal. But if there is something that does, best believe you will support it fully.

    • Cherry

      Amen to that sister! Fashion for the bigger women these days mirror those of seniority. I suggest Dorothy Perkins and ASOS! Very trendy.

  • WOW, well I can relate to the whole getting attacked behind FFW. I stopped covering the event (or rather they Black Listed me) because I wasn’t happy with my experience. The treatment that I received was extremely unprofessional. Looking back, I think that they thought that since they gave me an invitation, I was automatically supposed to be at their mercy and provide positive press. When I blogged about my honest experience, one of the producers of the event came to my site and tried to “come for me”. Then to add insult to injury, she sent one of her flunkies to my site, who then tried to dismiss me as not being real media. I am not sure if the same producers are still behind FFW, but it left such a regrettable taste in my mouth. Read the comments here: http://kittybradshaw.com/full-figured-fashion-week-day-1/

    One thing the experience taught me was to continue to be professional, and not allow people to limit, dismiss, or become disrespectful towards me because they don’t take my profession seriously. My website pays 100% of my bills. Blogging is an industry, and I am a franchisee. I am accomplishing what most journalist are still dreaming of. The only cause I am obligated to is that of Blogger’s Rights!

    Now, addressing the other end of this conversation….

    As a Black Female Blogger in general… people often want to pigeon hole me into being a Celebrity Gossip Blogger, Plus Size Blogger, Urban Blogger, Music Blogger, etc…. everything but what I actually cover. Don’t get me started on the tons of “Black Only” companies who try and guilt trip me into promoting their brand because we share the same ethnicity. My site promotes diversity! On my site I cover New York lifestyle, and I am very successful at it. Designers invite me to sit 2nd and 3rd row (sometimes standing room lolll) at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (a big accomplishment for a Blogger). At the end of the day, I want people to come to my site, and accept what my brand has to offer.