Meet Sonny Turner, the London-based model bringing awareness to the absolute hell plus-size women go through when trying to buy a bikini.
(And when I say absolute hell, I do mean absolute hell.)
She recently took to her Instagram to rant about her personal experience, and let me tell you, she took the words right out of basically every woman’s mouth.
But before we get to her hella awesome rant, let’s talk about how she’s using social media to draw attention to the importance of body positivity cause we’re totally loving it.
A few weeks prior to her bikini rant, she got super candid about the gongshow that is posing for photos, and she posted this beauty of a collage along with her message.
Let’s be honest … There is a huuuuuuge pressure to look perfect all the time, to have a snatched waist … to have a flat tummy … to have a thigh gap … to have perky boobs. Well THAT IS NOT REALITY.
LOOK HOW I WENT FROM INSTA BADDIE TO INSTA ”FATTIE” REAL QUICK. … In 0.5 seconds I can have the worshipped hourglass figure [but] I had to suck my stomach in, sit in an awkward position and angle my camera so I looked as though my waist was skinnier.
And she says she’s done apologizing for being thick, having boobs, having hair on her body, and being an advocate for diversity. She also says she couldn’t care less about the good ol’ male opinion.
Preach it, girl!
All of us could learn a thing or two from her. She’s definitely the kind of woman we should all aspire to be, especially because she’s not afraid to embrace diversity and call out the haters when they give their (uncalled for) opinions.
Okay, so this recent rant of hers is totally going to be legendary…
This is what she had to say:
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 to women of my body type. Majority of online stores don’t either. NO ONE GETS IT.
So she went on to make a few (freaking fantastic) suggestions for swimsuit designers:
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 THERE’S 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 DON’T GIVE US WEDGIES WHEN WE WALK.
WE NEED STRING BIKINIS THAT DON’T 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 CAN’T 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.
And Instagram is loving this real talk!
A frustrating experience is an understatement! Whether you’ve got too much boob or not enough boob, it’s a struggle. Who’s to say what the “right” amount of boob is anyways?
I sure as hell hope #everybodyisbeautful takes off and gets some serious attention real soon. Lots of amazing changes have been made just because people spoke up about a cause over social media and that’s definitely inspiring.
This whole size shrinking point is a really good one. It’s basically made the use of sizes totally irrelevant, seeing as you’re going to be a different size, not only from store to store, but also from season to season at the same store. Ugh.
I don’t understand how it’s 2017 and we’re still not seeing clothes for a variety of body types. It’s not like the whole body positivity movement is a new thing, and even if it was, the need for clothes that fit you properly certainly isn’t.
And there you have it, folks. Hopefully her Instagram rants really take off and the fashion industry responds. I don’t know about you, but I’m sure curious about how they’d respond!
The bottom line is really that we need to be making clothes for all sizes and body shapes because we’ve never all been the same and we never will be.
Woman around the world are cheering you on, Sonny! Please keep filling our Instagram feeds with your important, passionate rants. They might just inspire other women to do the same thing.
But speaking of…
If you’re interested in following some more badass body positive women, meet these three!
Ruth Clemens, Milly Smith, and Courtney Harrough are a few women we’re also loving for speaking out about society’s beauty expectations. Check out their stories, will ya?
Have you had any frustrating experiences shopping for a new swimsuit? Share them with us in the comments section!