Fashion Blogger Gabi Gregg & The “Fatkini” Debacle

by Fajr Muhammad


If you’re hooked into the fashion blogging world you’ve heard of plus-size fashion blogger Gabi Gregg. If not, Gabi is a popular fashion blogger (formerly of Young, Fat & Fabulous) who has been featured everywhere, InStyle, xoJane, MTV and notably The Today Show, where she discussed body acceptance, being plus-size and her notable post where she wore a bikini.

Recently, Gabi collaborated with swimwear company Swimsuits for All to offer other stylish ladies the “fatkini” bikini for plus-size women. In bright neon colors and a starry galaxy print, the galaxy print fatkini sold out in hours! While this was great for Gabi Gregg, Swimsuits for All couldn’t handle the demand and revealed that they would not be fulfilling orders; though they’ve charged customers’ credit cards. And to top things all numerous customers have complained that refunds on orders have not been issued.

Gabi Gregg issued a statement on her blog saying that Swimsuits for All couldn’t fulfill the orders and would not be restocking the galaxy print fatkini because of production issues.

What do you think of fashion blogger collaborations? Would you wear a fatkini? 

  • Jae Bee

    I don’t get it. What’s so special about these swimsuits? Look like ordinary retro-style swimsuits for plus sized women–seen it before.

  • Purple Rain

    I think instead of celebrating obesity, we should be celebrating healthy lifestyles and fitness. But whatever it takes to make a buck I suppose…

  • Mercedes

    Encouraging body acceptance does not equate to celebrating obesity!

  • Purple Rain

    At what point does someone who is obese but “accepts their body” decide their health may be at stake (i.e. Mo’Nique)? I’m having a hard time determining the distinction between acceptance and indifference.

  • Ange B

    Let’s forget that these are plus size bikinis for second here. Why are they charging customers for product that they do not plan on delivering??? In fact they will not be making anymore of these. That’s a poor business practice in my books. If you do not have anymore in stock put the “out of stock” beside the photo online and move on. If this were any other product we would be discussing the messed up business practice that is happening here. I would hate to be one of those people charged for an item that will not come and then to struggle to collect a refund afterwards.

  • CK

    Well, swimming is a fitness activity. Why can’t a girl do it in a nice, cute bathing suit? Yes, celebrate health and fitness. But allow a woman to feel good about herself and what she wears while she’s on the journey.

  • Simone L

    I’m a size 6 and I’m all for it. Why? Because having a 2 piece is not a celebration of obesity. I think the problem with the world today is we’re too busy minding everybody else’s damn business. If you’re an adult, you should know whats healthy or not. not my job to wag my finger and say what is or isn’t celebrating obesity. If someone wants to lose weight, great. If not, then love yourself and wear a fatkini as it’s called. We’re bombarded with images of what we should look like. I say to hell with it. Yes, obesity is a problem but I’ll tell you one thing..,skinny people can have heart attacks too,

  • LN

    *Shrug* Still love Gabi. She’s not a shyster and she’s a queen of personal branding. Make that money girl! I ain’t mad atcha.

  • AJW

    These comments are gonna be a monster.

  • Simone L


  • Chacha1

    1)Why do they have to call it a fatkini? To me, they just look like bikinis in “plus” sizes. 2) No, I’m not fat but if I were, I wouldn’t buy, especially since they aren’t *fulfilling orders*. Are they giving the people back their money?

    I’m not big, but I don’t wear bikinis now, so….

  • sixfoota

    Wayment… they didn’t give them their money back yet? That’s the only problem I see here

  • eh

    like you said “plus-size”. They are actually made for bigger women, not bigger women trying to squeeze in bikinis cut for slimmer women. Also, big girls don’t usually have cute swimsuits.

  • heavenleiblu

    Let me just copy and paste what I said over t C+C ( didn’t realize this got posted both places).

    he debacle was out of Gabi’s control, so I hate that her name has to be attached to the negative aspect of it. Swimsuits for all is bogus as hell for how they carried this out. No doubt, seeking out a popular plus size blogger was a move to boost their visibility, so how could they not foresee an influx of orders well over their typical stock demands?

    The non-apology apology that they issued to buyers (and potential buys) of this launch was bullshit, too. It was something along the lines of needing three months of combined lead and turnaround time if they were to issue more stock. Ok, and? Would most of us not still be in the throes of summer by then? Do we not take vacations is tropical climates year round(or some of us LIVE in said tropics)? I could see if this were a retailer that has a number of departments, but is their name not Swimsuitsforall? Is the site only live during spring and summer or…what?

  • Kara Zor-El

    Boy, I’m sure glad there aren’t any stupid people on this site who think that photographing smiling, fat women in swimsuits by a pool encourages obesity.

    Oh wait. . . I stand corrected

  • binks

    I agree with those who are saying they don’t get the big fuss over the bikini (sorry but not calling it a fatkini). Brands like Montif C was selling bikinis similar to the ones pictured for plus size women for awhile now. Though I do think the brand top concern should be refunding the customers’ money back for those who won’t be receiving one because this could easily get nasty and ruin the brand’s rep. But other than that I don’t have a problem with the swimsuit, i think its cute and the models,especially the one in the pink, looks good.

  • MimiLuvs

    The “body acceptance (fat acceptance)” mindset is not about celebrating obesity. It is more about accepting your body NOW, in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
    It is well known that if a person doesn’t have a healthy mindset (when it comes to losing weight/becoming healthier), that person will fall back to their “starting point”.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables…..

  • Tonton Michel

    Lol, an oldie but goody.

  • Marisa

    I bookmarked Gabi’s site for awhile now but, this swimsuit thing is just bad business for that swimsuit company. This is simply supply and demand your suppose to always make sure you can meet the demand of the customers. That’s why I’m not down with that pre-order jazz, because not refunding people, then having people who ordered then saying our bad we sold out just a mess. Also did they have to name the damn thing Fatkini how bout just calling it a swimsuit, we can already tell its for larger size women, no need for all the extraness lol. Anyways I hope for Gabi this whole sold out deal doesn’t harm her business dealings in the future. Also folks having the WEIGHT DEBATE all I gotta say is people should dress to flatter whatever size their in at that time, not what you used to or want to be. I’m a size 12-14 and that’s what I dress my body for not the size 8-9 I used to or whatever size I’m going to be in the future, especially since weight can change often up or down, just dress for what you are in. If you lose weight great dress your self at that size, if you put on extra weight, dress yourself in clothes that work for that.

  • Mademoiselle

    This is the WORST reason to quit at anything! Your demand surpassed supply, so you shut down and deny refunds? Who does that? More money for someone else I suppose.

  • Kara Zor-El

    Loner, looser, spends too much time on black women’s blog site . . .

  • BeBoogie

    lol too funny james

  • Il Taker

    Umm…old man if you follow her on instagram and twitter (which you don’t cuz your olds), you’ll know she eats plenty of fruits,grains and vegetables and exercises. *GASPS* Eats plenty of vegetables and does exercise but she still fat. Oh noesssss!!!

  • jamesfrmphilly

    how bout nuts? can i get a nut?

  • JaeBee

    Like I said…seen it before.
    I believe modcloth sells plus sized retro bikinis.

  • Il Taker

    Sure you can have some nut(s). But in your case, I suggest mashing them first. Wouldn’t want old James from philly to choke now would we >:).


  • Il Taker

    But you see, it’s not about health with this person because why comment about health in non-related health article. The article is about fashion but you know fat people involved, let’s talk “health”. This person should actually be happy since fat people are being provided with swimsuits they like and can go swimming (which me and you know is a duh healthy).. People like this person kill me. They could careless about big,heavy,fat,obese,large,etc.. people. It’s about the fact teh fatties have some damn nerves to embrace themselves and feel confident enough to don a bikini regardless if they don’t have so-called “bikini body” and not give a damn about who says what. Fat people should just stay in dark cave until they a) die or b) lose weight. That’s really all that is. Looking at a big body is offensive for some people but saying that out loud is even more offensive. So they mask it by saying *whiny voice* ” instead of celebrating obesity, we should be celebrating healthy lifestyles and fitness”. What a douche.

  • LKJ

    Isn’t it considered stealing, if they are refusing to offer refunds? No company could (or should) be that stupid. That is a really bad business policy.

  • lola289

    Meh…cute idea. If you got the guts then knock urself out!
    Im a size 14 and I don’t even wear swimsuits :-/

  • bikinis

    this blog shows bikinis is for all sizes . you don’t want to worry about your size. enjoy the summer with best bikini :)

  • BeBoogie

    i wish it want called a fatkini- just call it a bikini

  • Alec Syngar

    lol the issue isnt a lack of options for size 18 women, its BEING size 18!!!

  • christina

    they need to work out the kinks for that galaxy fatkini! its so cute!

  • Nic

    Apparently you are supposed to hide in your house and until you are a socially acceptable size. I love how upset people get with the idea of fat people having clothes that they can, oh, I don’t know, go outside and excercise in. I guess they are assuming that fat girls will just lay around in their bikinis eating donuts.
    People who feel good about themselves take care of themselves, and one way to feel good is to have pretty things to wear. It’s not rocket science.
    But worrying about what size other people wear is ridiculous. I guess some people don’t have enough business to mind.

  • Real is the new Real

    This happens from time to time with businesses…it’s not that big of a deal. The people WILL get there money back…no one ever said they wouldn’t. And I love these bikinis! The galaxy one sold out much faster because 1) it was by Gabi 2) monif C bathing suits are HIGH 3) its super cute and has that extra detailing that makes it even sexier!

  • Kay

    I know right? Someone else will take the idea and run with it now. Especially as it has been proven to be profitable.

  • lan

    YES!!! THANK THE LORD! I thought I was the only one irritated by seeing his face on every thang! geesh

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