For curvy women, bikini shopping just isn't a walk on the beach, especially with the suits in stores today. Sonny Turner, a British model who recently took to Instagram when a store's string bikini selection just didn't cut it, summed it up this way: "Changing rooms can be scary places."
When trying on a store's largest bikini size (a 12-14), it became clear to Turner that the suit hadn't been made (like, at all) for women with larger busts and curvier bottoms — a pretty grave injustice, considering that the average American woman wears a size 16. She made that size discrepancy known in her Instagram post with a spot-on running list of everything clothing companies should be doing to cater to women of all sizes. "We need cup sizes that correlate to bra sizes and they need to go past DD," she wrote in all caps, after stressing the importance of underwire. "We need cups that actually cover more than our nipple. We need straps that aren't so tight it's as though our neck is about to snap off."
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.
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Turner also suggested retailers be more mindful of the styles and designs they're marketing to women wearing these sizes. "We deserve more choice in the selection for our body type that isn't just the generic black swimsuit with a kimono," she wrote. "The whole selection doesn't have to be high waisted."
At the end of the day, women of all sizes walking into a store to swimwear shop should be able to walk out with a reasonably-priced bikini that fits (if they want one, of course!); unfortunately, bathing suits that do that job (AKA, that keep butts at their designated level of coverage and help breasts stay up and secure without cutting off blood flow) are often only sold at specialty shops at higher price points. What Turner's experience makes clear is that in mainstream stores, there's a gap between the size on the suit's label and the suit itself — these bikinis aren't fitting the sizes they claim to.
For Turner, it comes down to fairness in sizing and accessibility. "It's not fair that we can't wear cute swimwear just because we are built differently," she wrote. "We deserve to walk into a store and pay $20 for a nice bikini without breaking the bank and our body confidence."
Based on the post's reception — it's received nearly 14,500 likes — its's clear that plenty of women are picking up what Turner put down. "This is amazing," one commenter wrote. "Thank you for saying what millions of women with a body type like yours can't put into words."
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Source : http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/news/a44882/models-instagram-struggle-bikini-shopping/