Today, we’ve got Katie, our Busy Mummy blogger, with her thoughts on the relationship between body image and the blogging community.
A few years ago, if you wanted to read something in the fashion & beauty genre, you’d be faced with images of size 6, six foot tall, stunning women. The writing would be different in each magazine, but the images all the same. Now though, through the power of blogging, there are millions of women all writing online blogs about everything and anything. But the brilliant thing is, we don’t all look the same.
There are size 20 fashion bloggers, because they love fashion. There are beauty bloggers over 50, because they love make up and beauty: there are no limits on who can write about what, and the media doesn’t have control over what images we see, because we decide what we want to use. It’s fabulously simple.
Because of this, the blogging community is contributing to women realising that you don’t have be a stereotype to ‘fit’ – you can simply be you.
Of course, with all of these amazing women (and men!) writing these blogs and websites, it give you the chance to learn more about subjects that are important to you. I’ve found, through working with Maxitone, a blog about fitness and running, which has really inspired me. I’m never going to be the fittest woman in the world, because that’s not how I am, but it has opened my mind to running, and how it can help with clearing your mind as well as shrinking your waist. I don’t think I would ever pick up a magazine written about running, but a blog? It’s added to my bookmarks and I’ve subscribed to it, so it appears in my inbox alongside my fashion and beauty blogs, the healthy cooking and the interior design ones.
The more the blogging community spreads, the better off we are as individuals, and maybe the media industry will start following us. But even if they don’t, I’m quite happy reading the blogs online and the magazines in the shops – that way I’ve got all angles covered.