Fashion bloggers in droves have bashed Schuman for pointing out this woman's curvy beauty.
There was a thundering response this week to a post by fellow fashion blogger, and until recently, someone most have considered an irrefutable source of knowledge, Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. For those who haven't had the thousands of newsletters and breaking news headlines assaulting their in-boxes recently, let me break it down for you. Schuman posted two very beautiful images of a woman in Milan and under the image he wrote, "I loved that she's a bigger, curvier girl than most of the other bloggers who you see in the press and tend to represent the genre." Needless to say, the fashion world went haywire—and I'm a little confused by it.
After reading the many (too many) Schuman-bashing articles, I was expecting to see something completely different posted on his blog. The fashion blogging community has taken Schuman's sentiment, which was meant to be honest and endearing (something that is severely lacking in this industry), and turned it against the blogger, and therefore against the "curvy" women Schuman believes she represents.
Schuman simply stated that this gorgeous (and smart) woman is recognizable as standing apart from the rest of the fashion world because of her "curvy" beauty. He mentions her curves because they are undeniable. This is a picture of what womanhood is about—difference. The minute fashion bloggers pounced on this blog post was the minute that they exposed themselves as a vicious group of elitists. I still have trouble grasping why the rest of the world is up in arms over this posting. Is she not curvy? Does she not have curves? I am 5'10" and can attest that with the height comes the feet and thus the (fabulous) shoes to carry such a body.
Schuman sticks to his guns, even after the hundreds of negative comments to this statement, posting an update:
"A number of the comments are upset by the word 'curvy.' They feel I should have used the word 'normal.' However, normal is relative. There is a young lady on my team who is 5'0", and another who is 5'9". Which would be 'normal'?"
Being a tall, curvy woman myself, I find it refreshing that a man who captures real beauty (not just beauty found in a glossy with airbrushed finishes) every day on the streets of the world is focused on being honest in a time when air kisses and hushed whispers are at the height of couture.