Body Shaming and Blogging

Today a twitter storm like no other went down when blogger Aliyah Hussain received an email from a brand stating that she wasn’t "summer body ready enough" enough for their products. This, quite rightly, went down like a lead brick and caused an insane backlash. It also opened up a whole load of questions about what it means to be a blogger, and put yourself out their – often subjecting yourself to criticism like this.

We spoke to Aliyah about the ‘incident’, and why something needs to change.

When did you start blogging and how did you get into it?
I started my first blog when I was 13, it's been almost 6 years now. I started writing as it was a chance for me to voice my opinions because I didn't feel like I could voice myself in person as I wasn't confident enough.

Tell us about the circumstances that you received those messages in?
I received the messages after I had asked the brand to provide me with details about what their clothes looked like and what they expected from me. I also asked for their budget and added on that I would normally charge £30 to advertise on my insta and blog if I'm receiving free merch as I have to pay for my photos to be taken.  

Have you ever experienced anything like this before?
I've received a few odd comments but nothing like this.

Do you think the blogging community has a problem with body shaming in general?
I struggled with eating when I was younger. I had such a negative mind-set for so long and if I'd see this a few years back it could of made me spiral into something that I could of died from. The internet has romanticised eating disorders and it's so strange to see that people still dig into those on public platforms.  

You can find Aliyah's twitter here and blog here.