Dear Kelly Osbourne, women larger than a size 24 exist

kelly osbourne holding up sweatshirt with pink rose

Kelly Osbourne and one of her designs, from the Stories by Kelly Osbourne Facebook page

I was excited to find out that Kelly Osbourne is launching a clothing line in sizes 0-24–some of the pieces (like the metallic rose sweatshirt pictured above) are really cute.

But I was less excited to see the language she used to talk about her line:

Stories… by Kelly Osbourne is for EVERY woman, because I believe fashion should be fair! That’s why every single piece will be in a size 0-24. Yes, you heard me! This is for you ALL!

I appreciate that her line includes some plus sizes, which is more than most celebrity lines include. 0-24 is certainly a big range of sizes, and probably includes the majority of women. But it in no way includes all women, and claiming that it does erases the existence of women who wear a size 26 or bigger.

Larger fat women already experience some of the worst size discrimination, and have the fewest options for clothing. It’s especially shitty to imply they don’t even exist by emphatically stating that a 0-24 size range includes “EVERY woman.”

This happens again and again in the plus size fashion world, and I’m sick of it. I want women who wear a size 26, or 28, or 34, to have just as many clothing options as I do.  And if some companies aren’t going to include larger plus sizes, I want them to at least stop claiming that they make clothes for all women.

Friday Links 9/21/12

A pink petticoat on a rack at Artifaktori

-Heather from Fat Girl Posing posts a gorgeous photoshoot featuring a cupcake dress and headband. It pretty much sums up my aesthetic in a nutshell (cupcakeshell?).
How to shop for Native American fashion ethically and blissfully
-This is interesting, and complicated, and relates to a lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about: Why I am dropping the business side of blogging: my truth about making money online
How to get candy-colored hair – some good advice in here. I so, so miss having pink hair.
-A beautiful open letter from a fat, trans son to his fat father
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