- Brooklyn Allen is a 23-year-old using TikTok to show the double standards faced by plus-size women.
- Allen re-creates popular Pinterest looks to show women of all sizes can get involved with trends.
- “Not every single thing a fat person does is making a statement,” Allen told Insider.
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A 23-year-old is using her TikTok platform to show people what popular Pinterest outfits look like on bigger bodies, and highlight the double standard that plus-size people can face when wearing the same outfits as thinner people.
Brooklyn Allen started the “Pinterest Outfits on a Fat Person” series, where she tries popular trends or outfits as seen on Pinterest, to start a conversation about plus-size fashion. In one video, which has garnered 1.6 million views, Allen says a flat stomach is a “key accessory that makes these outfits so desirable and perfect to society.”
“Whereas a fat woman wears the same thing we’re viewed as gross, showing too much, provocative. That’s fatphobia,” she adds.
Speaking to Insider, Allen said that the videos were not made to insult anyone, but to include different body types in fashion trends: “People think that I am mocking those who are thin and it’s not about that. I love their style that’s why I’m trying to recreate this.”
“I’m looking to start a conversation about a society’s total perception of fat women and it’s not about being the victim. It’s just about raising awareness,” she added, explaining that she started her videos as a size 20 and feels that they were more impactful when she was a bigger size.
While Time previously reported that the body-positivity movement is rooted in the fat-acceptance movement of the 1960s, Vogue Business highlighted that fashion houses such as Versace and Fendi only included plus-size models on the runway for the first time last year.
According to Allen, the people that have been pushed to the front of this movement on the runway and beyond are often thinner, white, and able-bodied.
For this reason, Allen said that she does not want to be the face of the body-positivity movement: “It’s not really anything life-changing for them like it would be for someone who is actually marginalized or systemically actually oppressed by their fatness.”
Speaking to the representation of bigger bodies in the mainstream media, Allen also felt that they were viewed first and foremost as fat people, rather than people who happen to also be fat – something which she says is often politicized.
“Not every single thing a fat person does is making a statement. We can just exist in our bodies,” she said, noting that discussions around the singer Lizzo often laud her as brave or focus on her weight more than her work.
In a video posted to Instagram in June 2020, Lizzo told followers that she works out to have her ideal body type, which is “None of your f—ing business.”
Speaking to Vogue in September 2020, Lizzo also addressed her views on the body-positivity movement. “I think it’s lazy for me to just say I’m body positive at this point,” she said.
“I would like to be body-normative. I want to normalize my body. And not just be like, ‘Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body positive.’ No, being fat is normal. I think now, I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop here,” she told the publication.
Using her own growing platform, Allen wants her love of fashion to encourage all body types to take risks with their personal style and be “unapologetic.”
“We need a space in fashion. I think fashion is a very fat-phobic place to be in,” Allen told Insider.
She also said that the pandemic allowed her to be more adventurous because no one could see what she was wearing or she could hide behind a mask.
Now Allen wants others to capitalize on this and take more style risks: “If you’re a little bit nervous about it, you can be anonymous and wear a super cool outfit.”