As I was getting ready for this shoot, I wasn’t sure about this outfit. The mirror doesn’t lie and I couldn’t stand the way I looked. Pulling out my phone, I quickly googled “can a big girl wear a bodysuit?” A lot of the links were harsh critiques on the bigger body type and I really considered changing. But then I realized, you gotta stick to your guns. Who’s life is this? It’s yours! It doesn’t matter what other people think, it matters what you think.
I was living in self doubt because other people have told me I don’t look good. We have been conditioned to love a slimmer, skinnier figure, but why? I think the biggest problem lies within the fashion industry. Couture designers and fashion houses find it much easier to design with the smaller woman in mind. It requires much less fabric, so when you see runway show after runway show, they are full of slim models. That, in my opinion, is why.
We need a revolution of body positivity. Steps are definitely being made in that direction, like celebrities showing their support of loving the skin you’re in, but it currently isn’t enough. A shake up needs to happen, mostly in the fashion industry, because that’s where all eyes are. And I’m in no way saying you should eliminate all slim models in the industry, but the major houses need to incorporate bigger models because they want to. Representation is important and can really make a difference in the lives of those whose body type is missing. Seeing that it’s possible for someone else goes to show that it’s possible for you too. Never give up!
Until the day comes that we finally get that body positive revolution in the fashion industry, we need to be the change we want to see. Make a conscious effort to not put yourself or others down in the area of looks. Self hatred is like a seed and once the idea of doubt fertilizes it, you’re stuck with a plant that won’t go away unless it’s cut down. If you hear someone cut themselves down, be there to bring them up, whether you know them or not. It really does help hearing a stranger compliment you, because there is no bias. They see and express what they want to.
So, what’s your take on the body positive movement? Are you all for it? Or do you think it’s just some nonsense? Let me know in the comments below!