When a body positive plus-size British model posted a photo showing the harrowing experience of shopping for a bathing suit, women around the world gave a collective slow clap. In the pic, Sonny Turner is seen in a situation many of us can relate to – trying on a suit that clearly did not take curvy women into account.
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THE REALITY OF SHOPPING AS A THICK/PLUS SIZE WOMAN. ‼️ changing rooms can be scary places. 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 BIG BREASTS NEED UNDERWIRE FOR SUPPORT FOR A YOUTHFUL LIFT 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 WE NEED CUPS THAT BRING OUR BOOBS TOGETHER SO THERES NOT A MASSIVE GAP IN-BETWEEN THEM 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 STRING BIKINIS THAT DONT EXPOSE OUR VAGINA LIPS WE NEED SWIMSUITS THAT FIT OVER OUR HIPS WITHOUT DRAGGING THE NECK OF THE COSTUME DOWN CAUSING NECK ACHE 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 WE'RE GONNA NEED YOU TO STOP USING MODELS WITH FAKE BOOBS THAT AREN'T A REAL DEPICTION OF WHAT THE BRA WOULD LOOK LIKE ON OUR REAL DROOPY ONES 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. #everyBODYisbeautiful bottom line is: MAKE CLOTHES FOR ALL SIZE & BODIES.
In the post she says bikini designers don’t know how to cater to women over a size 12 and offers tips to up and coming swimsuit designers. Some of her suggestions include…
- “Big breasts need underwire for support for a youthful lift.
- We need cup sizes that correlate to bra sizes and they need to go past DD.
- We need straps that aren’t so tight it’s as though our neck is about to snap off.
- We need bikini bottoms that don’t give is (sic) wedgies when we walk.
- We need swimsuits that fit over our hips without dragging the neck of the costume down causing neck ache.”
Her list of demands are so on point. She ends her post by saying “make clothes for all sizes and bodies.” Considering the average size for a woman in the U.S. is a size 16, Turner’s requests are legit.
Speaking to Mashable, Turned explained that the swimsuit shopping experience makes her feel “abnormal.” The sad truth is that many women feel this way when looking for a bathing suit. Fortunately there are some brands who are finally starting to cater to this curvier community.
And while a platform like Instagram allowed Turner to share her crappy experience, it’s also a place that’s opened us up to all the badass plus-size babes slaying in bikinis. Check out these six queens reminding us all that it is possible to find the right suit and look amazing!