Leave it to “The Crusher” to crush body image views!
It appears that this post might’ve (?) been since taken down, but I screenshot it for personal purposes because it was just so damn powerful to me. Now, I want to share it with you.
I mentioned Jessica Pimentel previously. If you don’t know her, read this first and catch up.
Caught up now? Good. Let’s continue.
Jessica is not only a major source of inspo for me when it comes to women in metal, she’s now become a woman to look up to when it comes to body image. I’ve never seen someone put exactly how I feel about my own body into such eloquent and descriptive words as she did in the following post.
Check it out.
What struck me about this post was first that I feel her and I share a similar body shape to begin with. So, I paid attention when she decided to speak about hers. Especially when she describes her own body as, “too thick to fit into runway clothes but not thick enough to be considered thicccc.” It’s the truth! It’s such a weird thing when you feel like you’re somewhere stuck in the middle – where I feel like I am. I sometimes think that Demi Lovato falls into this category too, so she’s another one I pay attention to.
I can be a tight size 10/12 on a “good day” and then find myself needing to wear size 14/16 pants when I’m bloated. My shirt size hasn’t changed in almost five years – I’m a medium or large in most stores. I tend to buy XL or 2X if I want an oversized look – and I usually do in order to keep my clothes longer. Yep, clearly my weight goes right to my ass, thighs, and hips. It’s just how I’m built.
When you’re built like me, Demi, or Jessica, it’s so strange to know that you’ll walk through some stores and notice that some things you think are cute fit you, and (depending on where you shop) some don’t even come in your size. You’re “somewhere in the middle” of what society says is acceptable.
Why the varying in sizes? Honestly, I think that has a lot to do with where you shop and how they categorize their labels (Target runs bigger in general, and Urban Outfitters runs small, for example).
However, her message is clear: we let other voices be the dictator in how we see ourselves and how we perceive our own bodies. Well, if this is a dictatorship, then I want to be the one who runs things for my own body, thank you very much – not leave that up to others. Jessica reminded me of that with this post.
I hope that every single one of you lovelies knows this, and reads this. You’re not “too much” or “too little” for anyone. We’re all just right in our own way.