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Plus Size Perspectives: Why I Post Lingerie Photos Online

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If you're a lingerie blogger who posts lingerie photos online, you're inevitably going to run into some social situation where somebody asks about it. It's usually in some incredibly awkward public place, like at a cocktail party or sit down dinner where your fork is already halfway in your mouth when someone starts to say, "So, I heard you're posting lingerie photos online now? Isn't that a bad idea?" The truth is that for a long time, I did think it was a bad idea. I didn't post photos here as part of my columns and I didn't post photos on my own blog. When I got asked about lingerie photos online at parties, I would blush and awkwardly mumble something into my plate.

The truth is that there are lots of reasons to not post lingerie photos online, especially if you're a lawyer by day or something. I'm lucky to work in the lingerie business, so I can generally assume that my clients are a) reasonably mature people when it comes to bras and panties and b) not really judgmental about lingerie photos online. I've done this for awhile now and intend to do it for many more years, so it's unlikely those photos will have much effect on my career prospects. Even so, I didn't feel personally comfortable posting photos online for a long time. The whole idea made me feel vulnerable and exposed, so I wrote a lot of words and detailed reviews to get around the lack of pictures.

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In the past year, I've haven't become a whole lot more comfortable with the whole picture process, but I have spent lots of time paying attention to stories about fat activism, online harassment and lingerie photos online. The best example of this happened recently when plus size lingerie boutique Curvy Girl Lingerie started posting pictures that their customers had submitted online. I followed Curvy Girl before all this went viral and was amazed to see the media spiral start. The women posting their pictures were beautiful and brave, but I didn't see it as anything particularly controversial. Apparently Maria Kang (aka "Fit Mom), Fox News, CNN, and outlets like The Huffington Post saw it as a big deal. This cemented the realization that I had been coming to over the last several years: if you're in an underrepresented group due to gender, size, age or ability, posting images of yourself online is a radical act. It's also a necessary one. After all, how can we call on companies to use models who represent us if we're unwilling to show ourselves in a public space? How can we combat online harassment of women (a deadly serious and terrifying issue) if we don't stick together and show ourselves?

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Ultimately it wasn't my comfort level that changed --- it was the need to contribute to what I felt was something bigger. Lingerie pictures help you decide whether to buy a bra, but they also help show the world that all kinds of women are lingerie consumers. It helps people see bodies and people who look like them, which may give them the confidence to love their body a little bit more. Lots of fat activists talk about being willing to take up your space in the world rather than shrink into something smaller, which is something I think everyone can take to heart. Instead of hiding, try to assert your space as a person of worth who deserves to be seen and heard. The more we hide, the more everyone else can put us in boxes and turn us against each other, which isn't fair to anyone. For me, posting lingerie photos online is one more way to spread the idea that all bodies are good bodies.

Since we're at the start of 2014, I'd love to encourage all of you to do one thing to be seen this year. It doesn't have to be photos online, but I think the world would be a different place if we worked at showing the variety within it rather than just staying silent.

What can we do this year to show that all bodies are good bodies rather than work against each other?

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Holly Jackson

The Full Figured Chest provides creative and elegant copywriting for the high end lingerie industry.

10 Comments on this post

  1. Sophisticated Pair says:

    Such a great article, Holly! It was really tough to start doing pictures in a bra for me as well because I was concerned about issues of appropriateness and judgment from peers. I’m glad I took the plunge though because it has helped a lot of people by being able to see the bras. Your observations about plus-size visibility are on par as well. It’s great to see more bodies showcasing lingerie!

  2. stanikomania says:

    This is the exact reason why I started posting my bra-selfies lately. I’ve had a lingerie blog for 7 years and finally decided to do it because I started to feel that my body type is underrepresented even among the bra-fitting community. Now the world can see my 36Gs :-) Thank you for doing this too.

  3. Gary Frisch says:

    Nice column. Women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful, and it’s refreshing to see a representation of all women online. I also think when people post what makes them feel good, the Internet becomes a better place in general.

  4. Dianna says:

    Love the second bra, what is it?

  5. Ashley says:

    Great article! I really like that you wrote about this. Pictures of all different types of women are lacking in most lingerie modeling and it sucks! Not only is it wrong to only one type of figure in modeling lingerie, it is hurtful and not beneficial to the majority of women. I love that you have the courage to post images of yourself online and think that more people should do the same! Maybe someday (hopefully soon!) lingerie companies will realize that they should try variation in models. Being full-busted myself, I find that it can be very difficult to buy lingerie online because you have absolutely no idea how it will fit you (aside from what you assume) and since I began following the lingerie addict I have come to realize how major a problem this is more and more. Thank You for a great article, please keep them coming! (by the way, that second bra looked fantastic on you, what is it?)

  6. I agree with everything you said here, a lot of people have been really curious about it since I started working for tempestra and posting pictures of myself in lingerie. i know it makes some people feel weird, but my pictures are not provocative really…. Do I have to explain this to them, yes… for some reason.

    Great post.

  7. Krista says:

    Thanks for sharing, Holly! Here’s to more diversity in images becoming less radical and more appreciated!

  8. Courtney Spahan says:

    Thank you holly for reconsidering your position on posting photos. The internet is a nicer place with pictures of all the wonderful shapes and sizes of people out there.

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