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In a world where certain body types are put above others, and the “other” is deemed unacceptable, it is challenging to wear whatever you want, especially regarding fashion trends. When it comes to fashion, these trends rarely display different types of bodies, which can lead to comparisons and negative thinking of one’s appearance. Being a bigger size, I find myself leaning towards both. Lack of inclusivity alienates people and garners these thoughts of inadequacy. Whether we like to admit it or not; fashion plays a huge role in how people are perceived. And when thin bodies are only seen in this industry, it takes a toll on people who do not fit these standards. That is why it is super important when people who do not fit the status quo defy these constructed ideals such as singer Lizzo and Euphoria’s Barbie Ferreira.
These women amongst many others are wearing whatever they want publically despite facing unnecessary backlash and hateful comments on their size. The more visible these women are, the more comfortable people of differing bodies feel more in tune with their own. Putting on that new skirt that has been sitting in their closet for months because they seen someone of their size wearing something similar.
Unfornately, we do not live in an environment accepting of everyone. So, when people step outside of the socially constructed bounds forced upon them, they are met with both appreciation and hate. We see this with amount of backlash Lizzo faces with her wearing clothing people would not judge if worn on a thin person. She talks about how it affects her publically, but despite hurtful comments she continues to show off her figure as she should and anyone for that matter.
We cannot control what people say or think, but we can control our view of ourselves although it is easier said than done. So next time you second-guess your outfit and think you cannot pull it off because of your size or shape, remind yourself you look good regardless if you believe it or not.