When Gabi Gregg first started writing about body positivity in 2008, it wasn’t yet a mainstream term, and most of her support came from the online community. Now almost a decade later, she’s a leading voice not only on body acceptance, but also fashion – the very industry that initially shut her out.
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“I was just a young fat girl who couldn’t find clothing and wanted to share the resources I did have with other people,” she told the audience at BlogHer17 in Orlando. “I wanted to share my struggle and my outfits at the same time.”
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For so long, Gregg explained, there wasn’t much in the way of fashion advice or guidance for plus-sized women, and what was there was “all about hiding and minimizing,” like saying to wear black and not stripes.
Thanks to efforts from women like Gregg, even in a few short years, the options available in plus-size fashion – including swimwear – have increased exponentially. When her first swimwear line – a collaboration with Swimsuitsforall quickly sold out after it was launched, other retailers took notice.
So what advice does Gregg – known to her followers as GabiFresh – have for other women who are looking to make a difference – and a profit – through blogging? “Find the void and stand for something.”