The Y2K Style Trend Isn’t Fatphobic, Our Attitudes About it Are

The Y2K Style Trend Isn’t Fatphobic, Our Attitudes About it Are

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On this op-ed for the sequence Summer time Our bodies, Teen Vogue artwork director Emily Zirimis argues that the Y2K fashion pattern is not as inherently fatphobic as some say it’s.

I bear in mind strolling into the Juicy Couture outlet retailer prefer it was yesterday – a shiny, pink embodiment of the phrase “that’s sizzling.” It someway felt inspiring and miserable all on the identical time. As a then-awkward preteen with lumps and bumps in all the “improper” locations, this retailer was every little thing that I wished to be, however wasn’t.

Juicy Couture wasn’t an outlier. The vogue developments of the early aughts — when low-rise denim and tight-fitting velour pants with phrases like attractive splayed throughout the again have been the cool factor to put on — have been usually unique of teenagers with bigger our bodies. Whether or not the garments didn’t are available in our sizes, or magazines provided tips about learn how to drop some pounds to raised match the developments of the day, younger individuals like me have been usually othered. Widespread clothes on the time felt not simply in poor health becoming, however like a press release on whether or not or not we belonged.

As Y2K fashion makes a comeback, many have decried the developments as fatphobic — low rise denims and crop tops, some say, aren’t inclusive of fats our bodies. Fatphobia was, actually, a part of the pattern within the early 2000s. It was exhausting to look at a present, learn {a magazine}, or simply exist on this planet with out seeing some commentary on what sort of physique was good, and that appeared bolstered by the garments that have been widespread on the time. 

However acknowledging that the origins of a vogue pattern are inherently and traditionally fatphobic mustn’t essentially translate to by no means taking part in them, particularly if you wish to. To me it signifies that we ought to take part in them as a small act of reclamation.

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