Swimsuit shopping may just be the worst kind of shopping. It’s right after bra shopping honestly. There are a lot of problems when it comes to swimsuit shopping. For starters, the whole idea of having a “bikini body” is messed up. It implies that there should only be one kind of body type that wears a bikini, when in fact lots of bodies wear bikinis and just bathing suits in general. But for some reason, lots of retailers aren’t getting that message so their swimsuits aren’t made to fit different bodies.
The average woman in the U.S. is a size 16, so yeah, bathing suit shopping can be really frustrating. Plus-size model Sonny Turner took to Instagram to share her frustration of trying to find a bikini that fits and flatters her size 14 figure.
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.
Turner’s powerful Instagram post has gained over 12,000 likes because she isn’t alone in her bathing suit struggle. She goes on to tell designers what bigger girls want and need from their bathing suits. Turner argues for cute and flattering swimsuits that don’t break the bank. She also mentions how most plus size suits are black, boring and far from trendy. And when a plus-size woman wears a bikini that is cute and fun she gets harassed for it.
It’s like plus size girls can’t win when it comes to swimsuits. Even though there has been more representation of curvy girls in fashion, there still seems to lack affordable and cute plus-size fashion. Everyone needs to wear clothes and have a bathing suit so just make them in all sizes.