In the fashion world, thin has almost always been in. From models on the runway and in print, to celebrities on the red carpet, many fashion-following women have come to worship and aspire to a certain physique. Aside from whether she’s flat-chested or well-endowed, tall or short, this ideal centers around being thin. With our daily lives becoming ever more saturated with media, these images and ideals have become increasingly present and pretty much impossible to ignore. Even these policy adjustments and efforts on behalf of Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram have only been mildly effective. A current search for “thinspiration” or “pro-ana” on Pinterest or Tumblr still returns hundreds of images and posts.
Just being women, we struggle with body image enough, am I right? Now factor in being an internet-savvy clothes horse who gobbles up images and content on fashion blogs, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, and all our favorite fashion news sources in addition to television and magazines.
While we don’t think that the fashion blogging community embraces or participates in thinspiration, it certainly feels at times that the bloggers who rise to fame often fall into the same model-esque physical mold that traditional fashion media embraces. The same goes for editors, socialites and fashionalities we admire.
As consumers (and lovers) of these media outlets, we’re very curious about how our community views this topic. We want to open up a discussion on IFB about body image and blogging, content regulation on social sharing platforms, and anything else that comes to mind when you read about these issues.
Do you look to your favorite bloggers for body image inspiration as well as personal style? Have you encountered pro-anorexia or thinspiration content on Tumblr, Pinterest or Instagram? Do you think that ‘real girls’ are under-represented in fashion blogging? Share your comments below!
For further reading on these issues, IFB recommends:
- This article and interview from Forbes
- Pinterest Bans Pro-anorexia content to little effect (Mashable)
- Pinterest’s Acceptable Use Policy
- Tumblr’s Community Guidelines
- Tumblr Takes A Stand Against ‘Self Harm’ Blogs (Mashable)
- Instagram Bans ‘Thinspo’ (Huffington Post)
[Image credit: Found doing a search for ‘thinspiration’ on Pinterest on 4/25/12.]