Social media has helped bring the body positivity conversation to the masses, but sometimes brands are slower to catch up. There have certainly been some reassuring recent strides in fashion inclusivity, but with the average woman in America wearing a size 16, it’s not quite enough. Thankfully, women continue to speak up, as plus-size model Sonny Turner did.
The UK-based curvy model experienced the all-too-familiar swimsuit shopping angst, but she did not let it get her down. Instead, she took to Instagram to explain exactly why her shopping trip was a bust. Turner posted a slideshow of photos of her pulling faces in a black triangle bikini that didn’t leave much to the imagination — but the skimpiness was not exactly what the model was going for.
In the long caption that accompanied the photos, Turner laid out her gripes. “THE REALITY OF SHOPPING AS A THICK/PLUS SIZE WOMAN,” she began. She continued, “I am wearing the largest size from one of the most popular high street stores sells in bikinis which is 12-14. High street store bikinis do not cater for women of my body type. Majority of online stores don’t either. NO ONE GETS IT so for any upcoming designers I got come tips for u.”
The model continued her rant to designers in all caps for emphasis (but we’re de-capitalizing for your sake). “Big breasts need underwire for support… we need cup sizes that correlate to bra sizes and they need to go past DD. We need cups that actually cover more than our nipple,” she wrote. “We need straps that aren’t so tight its as though our neck is about to snap off. We need bikini bottoms that dont give is wedgies when we walk… we need swimsuits that fit over our hips without dragging the neck of the costume down causing neck ache.”
Plus, she had some news for people who think curvy women are trying to hide their curves. “We deserve more choice in the selection for our body type that isn’t just the generic black swimsuit with a kimono. Yes believe it or not, some of us actually want a thong bikini, the whole selection doesn’t have to be highwaisted.”
She finished with an important PSA to designers on behalf of all women who might not fit a “normal” body profile, “Its not fair that we cant walk wear cute swimwear just bc we are built differently. We deserve to walk into a store and pay £10 for a nice bikini without breaking the bank and our body confidence.”
Although some women feel defeated after this type of shopping trip, Turner decided to use the opportunity to speak up for diversity, “#everyBODYisbeautiful bottom line is: MAKE CLOTHES FOR ALL SIZE & BODIES.”
Bravo, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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