Today we’d like to introduce you to Chardline Chanel-Faiteau.
Chardline, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2012, I found myself faced with the typical college graduate dilemma: What now? At first, I thought about going back to school to get my Masters in Public Administration. But instead, I started a fashion blog that would highlight my personal style, news in the fashion industry, and plus size fashion brands that were pushing the envelope.
What started off as a hobby to supplement my 9-5, turned into a full-time job that never lost its sole purpose: to advocate, represent, and educate plus size women. I went from focusing on fashion to discussing dating advice, travel, and fitness & health.
Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been the smoothest ride. There’s the constant pressure of trying to feel like you have it all together. There’s also the pressure of being utterly candid with my audience while hoping that my career as a government employee isn’t ruined. Some days I’d like to share all details of my life because I know it will help someone out. But then I a little voice goes off in my head that says, “Would your employer frown upon this?” I try to balance it out.
Also, it’s 2017, and plus size women (and men) still face harsh criticism for loving the skin their in. Online trolls do not like seeing a confident plus size person. I’ve suffered body images issues at the hand of these online personalities. From comments like “cover up, you look like a whale” to “you’re promoting obesity, shameful!” When in reality, I am promoting that women should feel and look their best at any and every size.
Lastly, I realize how many brands place more value on straight size bloggers over plus size bloggers. I understand that every brand has an image in mind for their client base, but when I see brands that clearly work with plus size bloggers but only promote the straight size bloggers on their social media and marketing, it’s disheartening. It’s like “thanks for collaborating with my brand but why won’t you show more images of plus size women in your branding?” Every day is a work in progress.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Consistency. Outside of blogging, I am a Fair Housing Investigator for the City of Boston and a graduate student at Boston University. It is very hard to balance all three but I often remind myself that I have to be consistent and be engaged at all times. Soon, the school will be done and I will take my brand higher than before!
- Website: www.chardline.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chardlinechanel/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChardlineChanel
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/chardlinechanel
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chardline/
Jessica of JmpImage http://jmpimage.com, Brad Bahner of Brad Bahner Photography