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Plus Size Bloggers and Press Trips: Are We Represented?

May 19, 2018

Plus Size Bloggers and Press Trips: Are We Represented?

May 19, 2018

Before I get started, I wanted to start this post off by saying that I KNOW plus size people (as well as other diversities) are under represented in pretty much every industry going, but as this is something that is a little closer to my heart personally, I wanted a place to get my thoughts down – if anything. 

I’ve had bits of this post written for months but for some reason I have been too scared to post it. That was, until I posted the following Tweet:

I had such a positive response to my Tweet that I decided that it was the right time to post this, in hopes it will help give me the extra push I need to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

God knows what yet, but I know I want this to change. 

So, are plus size bloggers under represented when it comes to press trips?

It sure feels like it. 

I am ALL for sharing someones success and absolutely everybody that gets invited on a press trip is fully deserving of what they achieve, but lately I can’t help but notice that there is a lack of diversity it comes to the people that are chosen to go, particularly when it comes to plus size people.

In fact, I think there is only one press trip in the last year or so where I have seen a plus size blogger amongst the group.

It makes me feel as though brands have a certain type of ‘look’ they want bloggers to have when it comes to press trips, as they want their target audience to aspire to be exactly like the people on their whisking away. But why can’t someone aspire to be like me? 

I’m travelling to places I never thought I’d be able to see, facing fears on every trip and living the best life I could possibly live. What’s not to aspire too? Is it my size 24 body? 

I could be imagining it though, right?

I find a lot of the time I am arguing with myself over the issue because it could simply be that the people chosen for the press trip/campaign are the absolute perfect fit, regardless of their weight or size. It just so happens to be that none of the people perfect for the campaign are plus size. It’s possible, right?

But then I get to thinking – there are so many kick ass plus size bloggers that I KNOW would also create some killer content for travel brands – so why aren’t they being invited too?

The content they produce is incredible so they deserve a spot just as much as anyone else. 

It’s frustrating when I am trying to break into an industry that is already highly saturated, because at my current size I don’t feel like I stand a chance. I wish I didn’t feel like that, but with hardly any plus size people being chosen for the incredible opportunities, how am I supposed to feel?

I don’t know if there is a way to change this or how I’d even go about it, but trust me me this is something I want to change in the travel blogging community. 

Kirsty Leanne

xoxo

  • talie May 21, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    100% accurate. It’s like they only want to portray their holidays as ones that thin people of a certain look will go on. It’s shallow

  • Kristina May 25, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    OH MY GOSH YES. I have felt this exact same way for so long! I was sitting here, working on content for my calendar, when I read this and you fueled me into typing up my own post! Thanks so much for putting this into the universe Kirsty. Hopefully together we can be the change!

    Best,

    Kristina
    http://www.livingwonderfilled.com

  • Chrissy June 1, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Believe in you, I do. Regardless of press, keep doing you and eventually they can no longer ignore you. or they can and they lose out but you better believe more will notice then not, stay confident.

    I’ve noticed this at pretty much ANY press type event that I’ve gone to. I’m usually the only or one of the only plus size people in the room, event, building etc. It’s also about the numbers. Who do they feel is gong to bring in the biggest pull and that can sometimes depend on the location. Different cultures value different things which translates to biases and businesses.

    Keep doing you 🙂

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