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Weight bias in the fashion industry

February 12, 2018

Weight bias in the fashion industry

*The term "obesity" is contested among scholars and as a feminist, fat studies scholar I used the term inside scare quotes. The term "obese" medicalizes human diversity and by default implies that fat people need to be cured. There is a lot of harm caused by this perception and that is why we use the words and others qualifiers referring to so-called "obesity" in scare quotes.


There are many ways that fat bodies are marginalized. We didn't cover all of them in the video but here are other ways larger bodies are discriminated against:

Small uncomfortable dressing rooms

Limited or less color options

Limited and/or less styles/ unfashionable options

Little formal attire available

Designs have too much cleavage

Plus-size maternity rarely exists




Separate section in the basement - or in a difficult to find place

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Vast difference between and XL and a 1X - sizing is complicated

Unsolicited comments about body weight and size from sales clerks or other customers

Judgemental glares or microaggressions

Lack of fat bodies in media or advertising


What did we miss? If you've had an experience that we didn't cover, please share with us in the comments.

At Kade & Vos, we do not use the term "Plus Size". We feel that calling some sizes
"Plus Size" means that these sizes and shapes are somehow different from other sizes! As you will see when you check out our size chart, Kade & Vos sizes range from Small to 6XL. We do not have Plus Size underwear. We sell underwear in sizes that fit all sizes and shapes of women.

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