Q: What led you to become a creator?
I was actually interested in becoming a model and sadly there isn’t a large calling for alternative plus petite models, but the funny thing is I was finding so many people with a body shape like mine looking for representation and that’s where my creator journey really began.
Q: Have you found social media to be a welcoming place for plus-size influencers, or has it been a challenge?
I’m going to be honest, it’s a challenge being a plus size creator. There is an inherent need for trolls to harass plus size content creators, from vitriol comments to reporting every post, to joining hate groups that bombard your content as soon as it’s live with nothing but negative comments. It’s rough dealing with that much hate just for existing and posting an outfit we wore that day. Then we have the social media platforms themselves that allow this harassment with no real punishment, while punishing the content creator by removing their content, shadowbanning the account, or shutting down the content creators account completely. And don’t even get me started on the double standard these platforms allow – a woman who is a size 2 wearing a bikini is no different than a woman who is a size 28 wearing a bikini, and yet the size 28 nine times out of ten will have her content removed.
I will say though that the plus size community is the only reason I still have a presence on social media. When I receive messages from other plus size people letting me know I somehow helped in their self love journey by being so open and loving towards myself while sharing my vulnerabilities truly makes the hate worth it. I have had so many walks of life thanking me for my openness on my own journey that I would gladly field that hate to continue showing others that the world is better with them in it and their size has nothing to do with it.