I like Starbucks…. a lot. And sugar cookies. My thighs brush together gracefully when I walk. I have baby fat in my cheeks. When I smile, my eye disappears in them. I don’t have a flat stomach. I am not an avid runner. But I am a healthy, 24 year old 5’10 size 4/6 female – and I am damn proud of my body.
What sparked this discussion is a recent Buzzfeed article I stumbled across titled “This Is What ‘One Size Fits All’ Actually Looks Like on All Body Types”. Buzzfeed is my go-to for all things funny, cute and sarcastic. But this article hit home to me. Girls of all shapes and sizes tried on articles of clothing from Brandy Melville – a shop that has gained much criticism for carrying ‘One Size Fits Most’ articles of clothing. Now, I’m not going to lie to you. I shop there. The clothes are hellah cute. But I know to avoid the shorts all together – and any skin tight tops will not do my body any justice. I’m 5’10 after all – do you know what lengths I’d have to go to to be a size 0? None I’d be comfortable with. The majority of clothing is created for a size 0-2. A size some are blessed with, and size most others are blessed not to be.
The topic of distorted body image is nothing new, especially within the fashion and beauty industry. Girls, myself included, are forced to look up to Victoria Secret Angel body figures (for anyone who isn’t aware – these stunning ladies are on an insanely intense workout routine and diet months before the fashion show films) which is highly unattainable to the average woman. Models such as these are the inspiration behind clothing deemed ‘one size fits all’. Ladies, I ain’t no Victoria Secret model.
Being a fashion blogger, I have found myself comparing myself to my favorite bloggers and asked myself – am I not skinny enough to be a fashion blogger? Will people think I’m too big once they meet me in person? The fact is, to even have that question enter my mind is utterly ridiculous. For those ladies who are a size 0 – you’re beautiful and this is not meant to look down on you. It’s for the rest of us – who aren’t. We are beautiful too. I’ve learned to embrace my curves. Throughout the years, my behind has gotten larger – and I kind of love it! I’ve got booty – and no one should be ashamed of booty.
I’m writing this in hopes to connect with at least one reader out there. You’re beautiful, no matter what size you are! Anyone who says you aren’t are not worth your time. I’ve death with my fair share of a-holes who have said I should watch what I eat (ever had a tray of nachos taken right out of your hands?!) but quickly realized people like this have a distorted mind and are going through internal struggles of their own. I mean.. a tray of nachos! Not cool! (Love my nachos! :)). As T Swift so aptly states, “Haters gonna hate, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake”. (Thanks to Boho Nouveau for re-igniting my love for Swifty). Y’all are perfect – size 0, 4, 8, 10, 28. Give yourself some love!