Last week, there was a video going around Instagram of Bill Mahr talking to Tim Gunn on his show and fat shaming plus-size women.
In a nutshell, he basically says that women cannot look good because they're fat, so why even the need for a plus-size clothing industry?
Listen y'all - there are 85 million women who are larger than a size 12. This means that anyone bigger than a size 12 is considered to be plus-size by mainstream society.
Many stores don't want larger people representing their brand, which is apparent in the lack of stores carrying bigger sizes.
For as long as I can remember, I have felt like a complete outsider because I never fit into the "cool girl stores." Other girls would be rocking stores like Ambercrombie or Express and I'd loathe myself that I could never fit into those clothes. Even now, I have never worn a piece of Lululemon and one size fits most does not apply to me.
Up until about 3 years ago, I was in complete denial about shopping at plus-sized stores. Because of the stigma around plus-size not being the ideal image of beauty, I would rather wear clothes that were several sizes too small, but trendy, than be caught dead in a plus-sized store. What if someone saw me?! I'm not sure how many of you know this, but there are literally NO options for plus-sized women. I can count the stores on 1 hand. And the clothes most of them sell are not trendy, they're not sexy, and they are way more expensive than a regular-sized store.
This past weekend, I proudly wore plus-sized dresses. I felt girly, I felt pretty, and I'm finally wearing clothes that accentuate my figure instead of trying to hide it.
I'm finally accepting myself in the skin I'm in, with no help from the media who portray an unattainable body size for women. Every day is a battle to feel beautiful.
What we need is more diversity in size and shape to show that all women are beautiful.
A women can change her whole outlook when she feels beautiful and confident in her skin and I applaud stores who are trying to provide cute, trendy clothing for us.
EVERY single women deserves to feel her best in whatever she wears, no matter what size