So, I follow Girl With Curves on social media because I think she is absolutely stunning and her fashion sense is beyond inspiring. Last week she posted on Facebook asking if people think that a size 12 is plus size. This of course got my wheels spinning, and I thought to myself, why does there even have to be a category of “plus size?”
Why must we categorize and place people into these boxes that may on some level perpetuate the negative body image that so many face on a daily basis? I then saw this Special K commercial (see below), and it spoke to my very thoughts. The commercial depicts women trying on jeans in a size “radiant … sassy … confident … strong.” Seriously! What a confidence boost!
What if we lived in a world where people could try on and buy clothing that simply fit? Essentially, we would all be “so much more than a number.” However, we would have to change the industry standard, which as well all know is slow to change. Designers continue to make “sample” and “fit” model sizes in sizes 0-2. How is this possible when the average woman ranges from size 12-16?
Every body is beautiful, every body deserves to be “so much more than a number.” So, is size 12 plus size? Why does it matter? Just put on the damn jeans especially if they make you feel size “radiant.” J
By Courtney Thomas, LCPC at The Body Image Therapy Center. If you would like to get in touch with Courtney please call 443-602-6515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.