This is not, as the title may suggest and probably disappointingly for some, a post about fetishism. It's about Gemma Collins and the likes of Gemma Collins. Celebrities of a chunky nature who are courted rightly or wrongly by plus size brands to sell us, the plus size consumer, a product.
Gemma has been in the press again (I don't think there's a day she isn't) and surprise surprise, this week, she doesn't like being fat (someone has obviously been offered a fitness DVD deal in time for Christmas).
|I met her once. She was a bit of a twat if I'm honest.|
Gemma, just like every other person on this planet has the right to lose weight, that is 100% her choice, her body. That is not where my grievance lies. What I do have a problem with is these woman who tout themselves as plus size poster girls, saviour of the fashion challenged fatties who insist on constantly yo-yoing their opinions. You see it's not even their fluctuating weight I have a problem with. Claire Richards has quite obviously lost a lot of weight since she started her range for Fashion World which is fair enough, her body, her choice, but what Claire hasn't done (to my knowledge) is publicly declare her old fat body as disgusting/gross/whatever. Whereas her of the perma-tan constantly switches opinion of herself and her body and publicly vocalises that more often than I change my big fat XXXXL knickers.
What Gemma has to realise is that every time she calls her size 22 body disgusting, she calls every other woman of that size or larger, disgusting. And to those who aren't as confident this could be a massive blow to their self esteem and self image.
The sad reality is, Gemma was offered a probably obscene amount of money to pick out some hideous prints and put them on hideous dresses to sell to people who like the Essex kinda look. She took that money of course, who wouldn't? What she has failed to take into consideration is that the plus size market is an emotionally driven one, there is no way of getting round that. And the minute you renounce your fatness in such a scathing way, you insult pretty much half the nation. Well Miss Collins, I suggest you piss off back to Essex, take your diet pills, make your DVD and I hope for our sake you keep the weight off because I don't want a blathering idiot like you representing our community.