influencer accused of taking away clothes from plus-size people

YouTube craze for tailoring large clothing to fit slimmer women is blasted by plus-size campaigner who claims it’s ‘classist’ and ‘taking resources away from fat people’

  • Twitter user sparked a debate over upcyling plus-size clothes from charity shops
  • Ophelia Brown from Canada argued slim people shouldn’t buy oversize items 
  • Post received criticism as many argued customers should shop as they please

A Twitter user has blasted YouTubers who alter plus-size clothing to fit them, claiming they’re taking options away from fat people.  

Ophelia Brown from Canada took to Twitter to express her frustration after watching a YouTube clip by US influencer Nava Rose, demonstrating how plus size jeans bought in a secondhand shop can be upcycled. 

Nava cut and sewed the waist of a pair of jeans that were too big for her, to achieve a chic belted look, but Ophelia was not impressed, saying: ‘Buying plus sized clothing from thrift stores so you can tailor the items down to fit your size 0 body ISN’T A CUTE YOUTUBE VIDEO IDEA. 

‘It’s fatphobic and classist and taking resources away from poor and fat people who have an infinitely harder time finding clothes than you do.’ 

Ophelia added that women shouldn’t buy oversized jumpers from thrifts shops because bigger people want to buy them, saying: ‘Sometimes you don’t deserve cute things if it means fat people get clothing.’ 

Over 1,000 Twitter users voiced their views, with many arguing that Ophelia failed to consider the challenges of shopping for small sizes. 

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Ophelia Brown from Canada sparked a debate over purchasing plus size clothes from charity shops after watching a clothing hacks video by Nava Rose (pictured)

Ophelia detailed in a lengthy Twitter thread that she believes people who aren’t plus size shouldn’t be taking away options from plus size people

Posting their response to the YouTube video, Ophelia said: ‘NO! these aren’t ‘oversized clothing hacks’! You are taking PLUS SIZED CLOTHING away from PLUS SIZED PEOPLE. PERIOD. It’s BONKERS to me that someone would do this instead of just BUYING THE JEANS THEY WANT. I’d bet that this person can afford MANY new pairs of jeans. But NOPE!!!’.’

However, Twitter users were left divided  

One person wrote: ‘If you go thrift shopping as a size 00/0 you will not find anything in that size. Buying in a bigger size and adjusting to fit is a great way to save money, being small/short can be an issue too’ 

Another said: ‘I respect your opinion but as a fat person myself, I don’t see how buying bigger clothes is fatphobic. They are oversized for these peoples bodies, they’re not calling fat people oversizes. Thrift stores are replenished often, they’re not gonna run out of plus size clothing.’

A flood of responses to the thread disagreed with Ophelia’s thoughts and argued that she failed to consider the difficulty of shopping for small sizes

A third added: ‘Saying that size 0 people can’t buy size X of clothing is size-phobic. It’s ridiculous to look at someone and their size and judge them on the size of clothing they buy.’

A flood of responses to the post accused Ophelia of searching for a reason to be offended and being judgmental. 

‘It doesn’t matter?! I don’t see why you got easily offended, she did a great job with those jeans they’re so cute, she didn’t insult anyone like please stop and let her be,’ wrote one.’

Another said: ‘Girl, you need to stop. Chill out. This isn’t fatphobic in any way. There are alot of clearance sales at stores where you can shop for larger sizes and thrift shops are always first come and first serve. You all just need a reason to be offended in the first place.’

Many people accused Ophelia of being easily offended and attempting to weight shame

However, a number of Twitter users agreed with Ophelia that people shouldn’t buy clothes larger than their size to upcycle.

One person wrote: ‘I think the OP is talking about a specific trend in social media where women buy plus-sized clothing from thrift and show how “cute” it is by remaking it into clothes for thin women. Totally different than buying & tailoring clothes because you need them, I think!’

Another said: ‘I think it’s different when you’re upcycling a few sizes above normal. But going from a 22 to a 4 sucks a lot for the size 22 women who can’t find those clothes in the thrift store anymore. And it’s not like they can take a size 4 and upcycle it to fit.’ 

A third added: ‘I don’t think that OP is saying you can’t tailor any clothes! Just that if you are a smaller size, like your examples of being xxxs, you don’t need to buy a 3XL to tailor it down and instead can buy a regular small size if that’s your goal.’

A number of Twitter users agreed with Ophelia that shoppers should be cautious about purchasing large clothes

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