• Ayesha Ashfaq

Breaking away from body stigma in fashion

Ayesha tracks body stigma in fashion, and discusses why we should accept all women's expression, regardless of body shape or size.


The inexplicable desire to set and follow certain fashion trends has been a common norm (or an issue to some). As history progressed, people became more and more obsessed with creating and achieving the "ideal" body, especially for females. So much so, that the fashion trends started revolving around these so-called ideals as well, mass-producing clothing lines that were dedicated to those body structures alone.


Eventually, these trends pressured some of the female population into believing that if they were unable to achieve a zero-size waist, they would not be considered desirable enough. And this compulsion with reaching those body goals and obtaining a skinny frame has been a recurring, yet constant problem.


The current generation and their need to address and debunk unnecessary societal norms have proved to be a pivotal point in the progression of the 21st century. From stating issues on a global to minuscule scale, the current generation does not hold back on vocalizing about this unhealthy addiction that fashion trends have enforced on us. Along with raising awareness, the current generation does not shy away from experimenting with fashion either. Now, we see campaigns that are inclusive of all body shapes and sizes, as it should be.


Currently, fashion hauls are a social media trend, in which influencers order piles of clothing items and style and model them. It seems like when a skinnier person does so, they are celebrated and praised for it. But when a plus-sized model participates in such trends, it is not hyped as much, inevitably.


Regardless of wearing the same outfits, a plus-sized person is considered unattractive. And we need to break away from this dangerous pattern. So, ask yourself: do you also have internalized fat-phobia that you might be unaware of? Despite having access to clothes for larger sizes, are we truly accepting and appreciating other women's freedom to express themselves through fashion?