Embracing The Plus Size Label

January 29, 2018

I shared these thoughts up on Instagram and people really liked it, so I wanted to pop it up here too in case it can be of help to someone else :)

I’ve been plus size for almost as long as I can remember. I can’t remember a time where at least one X wasn’t on my label. Even in elementary school, I was tall & developed and just barely fitting into clothes at regular stores. I’ve been so embarrassed about it for the last 20+ years and tried so hard to pretend to live in the straight sized world.

Even as an adult, when someone would say “Cute dress! Where did you get it?”
“I don’t remember,” I would lie EVERY time, of course remembering I got it from a plus size store. But I was so mortified to tell anyone I had to get it from a special place for big people like me.

I’ve been acting like a broken straight-size person who just needed to wish/exercise/diet/lie a little more until I could be “normal.” Well frankly, I’m OOOOVER it. I’ve embraced the plus size label of my body in the last few years and I couldn’t be happier about it. I am not embarrassed about the shape or size of my body and it’s the most free I’ve ever felt. There is literally NOTHING wrong with the numbers/letters on your clothes. They don’t show your worth or your value or your place in the world.

So whatever label or aspect of your identity you might be struggling with (size, marital status, religious/nonreligious, sexual orientation, etc), YOU ARE NOT A BROKEN PERSON. You have a place here in this world, just as you are. WE NEED YOU AS YOU ARE. Embrace what makes you different and use it to make a place for others.❤️

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