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  1. I’m a hobby blogger but even then I find it so damn hard to build an audience. I respect everybody out there who sweated it out to build a social media presence and making money out of it. Lately, I read quite a few articles spewing venom against social media influencers. Your post is so good and a tight slap on them. 🙂

  2. I’m not sure why there seems to be an anti- influencer vibe going around. I follow those people that I can relate to or that share the same values ites as I do. Corrisa has always been up front about her blog and blog, it is a business for her to earn a living. She shares what her followers like or want to see and what she likes. I have never felt “put out” or marginalized by her or her followers. I follow because I want to.

  3. Omg i am so i love with your attitude and how beautiful you are
    I am From Bosnia i have 30 years
    I am fat
    Here in Bosnia is very ashamed to be fat,everyone is making joke about me.
    We can not buy in Bosnia a plus size clothes,
    We are poor country and people are very rude to me

    I just want to si hi and im happy to read your stories
    Best wishes to you
    Im so in love with your clothes
    I dream to hawe it one day

  4. She’s got a point. I love the community aspect and the women led factor is brilliant. That’s only one aspect though, there is a great deal of vapid content on social media and some influencers behave badly, inspiring bad behaviour in others too. The market is saturated. The backlash is due to many factors such as that, not necessarily only misogyny.

  5. Buckle up, because I have thoughts and feelingson this topic that have been keeping me up since I stumbled on this blog post. Also know that I mean no disrespect, not criticizing. I’m not a blogger or influencer or anything close.

    I don’t think it has to do with the influencers being women. I’m a fat woman who follows a handful of fat/plus size/body inclusive female influencers. At first it was nice to see these women living a life that was relatable to my own and seeing them not only succeed but unapologetically THRIVE. It was nice to hear that other fat women held similar opinions of society or had some of the same life experiences. I felt inspired. I felt justified in my very existence. For the first time I felt like my views of the world as a fat woman had merit and there wasn’t anything wrong with me or my life. I felt like maybe there was a safe space where I could exist and feel unjudged for being my fat self.

    I learned about thin-privilege and body neutrality as a way to overcome body dysmorphia and that I wasn’t alone in my years of internal dialogue about such things. I felt a kindred sort of connection to these women that made me feel like I was capable of achieving better things for myself. But eventually one too many posts or stories would come along where these strong, beautiful women were all too obviously shilling for some product or another. And this is where my disenchantment with Instagram influencers began.

    I’m not naive, I understand this is how the gig works. But it felt like my new mentors/friends were taking advantage of me, and taking advantage of the women who might have been pulled in for the same self affirming and therapeutic reasons that I was. I’ve worked in marketing, I know the theories behind the whys and whens of ad placement. I understand the psychology of selling a lifestyle and identity conveyed in one succinct image loaded with symbolism. I began to resent being sold to in this newly found safe space.

    I was turned off by being asked to follow other accounts with the aim to get another woman to influencer status so she could “earn a decent income”. I started to question the power that these women held over a massive audience and the ways in which they chose to wield it. Sure, these plus size female influencers might be preaching body positivity and inclusion, which are great messages to hear, but they’re also selling an Instagram lifestyle promoting consumption of material goods that (intentionally or not) is increasingly tied to a person’s worth in our shallow society

    1. I agree with you for sure. When writing this article it was definitely targeted at society as a whole and not the plus size community. I think within the fat community there stands a lot to be critiqued about how we profit off of “followers” and the ethics behind that. I have always maintained that I am a resource for people and that’s why I shy away from sponsorships on social media and prefer to make my money via my blog – because then I’m not saying BUY THIS, I’m saying “here’s what’s our there if you’re looking”. It’s a difficult line to walk and all the points you made are very valid.

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