I don’t think I am being petty or that I am wrong for saying that “I want a Bitmoji avatar body that looks like my body.” If thin women and men have that opportunity, so should my fat ass.
If you are privileged and have a thin body type there are four options available to choose from on the Bitmoji app when creating your avatar. Those of us, like myself, who are considered plus-size or fat, we have only have representation of an avatar with a plus-size body available to us.
I have to admit that it was difficult for me to choose the plus-size Bitmoji, even though I am a plus-size woman. For a few years, I was using one of the thin Bitmoji body types because the plus-size option did not depict what my body looks like, and I know that I am not alone. With so little options for plus-size individuals, I have seen many plus-size and fat individuals using the thin body-type options on the Bitmoji app as well.
What message is Bitstrips Inc and Snap Inc sending its’ users by offering four thin body-type options and only one plus-size? Bitstrips Inc and Snap Inc have a responsibility to their applications users to provide an array of body-type options for their Bitmoji avatars. There is nothing accepting, inclusive, or equal about having one body-type selection for plus-size bodies compared to four thin options.
Does the body of your Bitmoji avatar actually look like your body?
When I realized that I was allowing myself to choose a body type that was not like my own just because I didn’t like the option available to me, I knew that this was something that needed to change on the entire application.
plus-size + fat bodies welcome:
LADYHOOD journey would love to feature you on our Instagram stories, Facebook app, and in our next blog post related to the Bitmoji Body Shaming petition. All plus-size and fat bodies are welcome in this space.
Post a picture of your body next to the Bitmoji plus-size body type option and lets see if your body matches the avatar. Make sure to tag @ladyhoodjourney on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #BitmojiBodyShaming to be featured. Please sign and share the Bitmoji Body-Shaming petition by clicking the button below.Bitmoji Body-Shaming Petition