Like most chubby girls growing up in the late 2010s and early 2010s, the internet was not a kind place for me. Although the divisive online vitriol that exists today was not as present in my life back then, fatphobia infected everything it touched on Tumblr. Much like the Y2K bling-out aesthetic that preceded it, indie sleaze and twee didn’t attempt to cater to people above a size 6, let alone a size 12 (which, I have to note, was the average height of an American woman at the time).
“I was on Tumblr, unfortunately,” Monique Black, a plus-size style content creator, joked when speaking to Who What Wear. The feeling is not uncommon. Through social media, young women are stepping out of the haze and becoming more aware of how the social media platform has transformed their perception of self at a pivotal age. She was 17 and described herself as a “manic pixie dream girl”.
Black used Tumblr as an anonymous outlet, reblogging photos of what was cutting edge culture at the time. “I was really ‘indie twee, vinyl by Lana Del Rey, Cassie by Skins‘coded,’ she said. Growing up in the Midwest, Black had few options to choose from that were her size, including American Apparel and Hot Topic. In the latter case, Black would find larger skater skirts with straps than her At the first, she described an experience where she was able to grab an oversized T-shirt dress and wear it as a top. “I didn’t realize it wasn’t inclusive. I was just happy for something while my friends carried armfuls of stuff,” she said. Black told Who What Wear that her style reflects the current resurgence of the indie twee, which she couldn’t partake in. in high school due to sparse size ranges.
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