IFB has a history of putting their platformed foot in their mouth lately, but even this is a new low for the site that caters to the blogger hoping to rake in six figures faster than you can say “Messica Moved to Bloomington.” Their latest fuck up is courtesy the stupidest post on blogger body image I’ve read maybe ever.
On the flip side though, it feels like though these bloggers exist, not enough of them take center stage in “popular blog” culture (if that’s a thing). The majority of very visible, successful style bloggers are thin and beautiful – which isn’t their fault, nor should they be chastised for it. They’re “real women” too, just blessed (and perhaps very disciplined). [...]
To break away from these traditional molds of beauty, it’s not an argument of sheer numbers. The numbers, we got. The truth is, these “top tier” bloggers are not only equipped with camera-ready looks, but their blogs are also really good. They have high-quality images, consistent posting schedules, spot-on design and unique style.
In order for a more holistic image of fashionable women to permeate the top tier of blogging as well as traditional fashion media, there needs to be a serious commitment to higher-quality content. Plain and simple – there aren’t enough insanely good blogs that are run by these types of women.
There’s a lot wrong with this article, but let’s start with the incorrect notion that bloggers that aren’t blond, blue-eyed and skinny aren’t putting out high quality blogs.
Take, for example, The Curvy Blogger.
And let’s not forget Allison of Curvy Girl Chic:
These are three. There are probably hundreds of high quality blogs out there featuring girls putting out content who don’t look like Emily Schuman carbon copies. I can’t even believe how insulting it is for IFB to insinuate that they aren’t getting the same press or recognition because of their content. The real reason that blogs featuring a curvy woman or a woman of color aren’t usually “top tier” bloggers like the Cuppys or the Atlantic-Pacifics of the blogging world is only because they don’t fulfill the warped stereotype that defines what fashion and style is for a lot of people. In other words, they aren’t skinny and blond or even just skinny. Whatever is to blame for people liking to look at skinny women or associating fashion with thinness has more to do with the our current culture, the media and the fashion industry.
IFB giving bad advice to bloggers is one thing, but insulting quality bloggers that have great blogs and good style is something else. Something pretty shitty. Don’t throw stones in glass houses, you assholes.