Today while scrolling on Facebook, I came across a post about how Victoria Secrets had just hired their first plus size model. The original post, which had a few million likes on it, praised VS for FINALLY including a plus size to their roster.
The girl who had reposted this was naturally shocked and appalled that a size 4 model with slight curves to her body would be considered plus size and shamed Victoria Secrets for stating that THAT was now considered a plus size body and how much this will mess with women’s self image.
Before I commented, I had to do some quick research. Did VS ACTUALLY say she was a plus sized model? Does that model actually call herself plus size?
The answers to both of those questions were NO!
She’s not a plus size and Victoria Secrets, while slightly expanding their size range, is still focused on only including women size 4 or less.
I couldn’t tell what bothered me most about this post - was it that VS thought they were so awesome for going up one size for their newest model? Was it that some people were praising them for doing so? Or was it that people were horrified that they could be considered a plus size at a size 4?
In the end, I think what bothered me most is that we are still having this conversation about size.
I’ve worked SO hard the last few years to accept this postpartum body - rolls, lumps, bumps, saggy boobs and all. I’m damn proud of what my body has accomplished, birthing three children, battling postpartum depression and a slew of other ailments. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and yet I’m the most comfortable I’ve ever been in my skin.
I’m tired of the labels. Aren’t we all? While I’ve embraced that I am a plus size, why do we even have that distinction? Can’t we all just be “womenly sized?” Whether you’re a size 0 or size 24...it doesn’t make you more or less of anything. It makes you a women. We all have stories and we all bare marks on our bodies of what we have gone through. Let’s just embrace the skin we are in and drop the labels for good! #EveryWomanIsAnAngel #bodypositivity #victoriasecrets