So I started a fashion blog. I don’t take myself this seriously but I thought it would be a good exercise in self love. And taking pictures of all the cute POC that cross my path.
This is my official reason though:
Heartbeats is a place to document what I wear and things and people that inspire me. I have spent most of my life hiding behind clothes that retailers deem appropriate and flattering for my fat body, and I don’t want to be part of that anymore.
I’ll ask my guests some questions, I answered them first:
How does being a person of colour and/or a fat person of colour inform your style?
I think being fat has had the biggest effect on me. At some point, I wasn’t able to shop at the mall; the “regular” stores only go to a certain size and it’s something that I had the privilege to not think about until my early 20s. First, I got real bummed out and hid but then I got creative. Any fat person will tell you that plus-size stores are a real mixed bag of emotion—”it’s hideous but at least it fits!” So I began playing around with it all: thrift stores, men’s lines and Additionelle (shudder).
Sometimes I think maybe the stars have aligned for me recently when it comes to current trends or maybe I’m just squeezing into whatever I can these days, only concerning myself with my own comfort. Although, leggings were a game-changer.
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(photos by Vivek Shraya)