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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

My Body is Not a Number

Tess Holliday (AKA Munster) has been in the media a lot recently following her signing with Milk Management. In this media frenzy she's usually reported as being a size 22; whether that's the US or UK version, I have no idea, nor do I know if it's correct. But, unlike some people, I don't really care; yep, some lovely folk are up in arms, saying Tess 'couldn't possibly be a size 22', etc. Asides it being none of your freakin' business what size clothing someone wears, or anything else to do with their body, it got me thinking...our bodies are not numbers. You can't look at someone and know their clothes size, weight, etc. Some of my lovely fellow bloggers have agreed to participate in this post to prove just that; a clothes size indicates nothing other than perhaps where you can shop (unfortunately).

Each blogger has their usual clothes size displayed on their photo and below/above (depending) you'll find their blog link and height; some have also volunteered to share their bra size and weight as I also wanted to demonstrate the differences relating to these. I actually forgot to include myself; you've probably seen enough of me anyway, but for the record I'm a size 22-24, 5'7", 42B and currently 20st 10lbs. I share a clothes size with a lot of people, but (generally speaking) not a lot else.

I also don't look like any one of the beautiful women below, because we are all unique. We are not just numbers.





















Above: Lucy of Lucy Loves, 5'11", 40D | Charlie of Freakum Dress, 5'5", 40D | Gina of Fat Fit Fine, 5'8", 38GG, 19st | Sam of Feeling Flabulous, 5'4", 38G | Below: Kerry-Ann of Voluptuous Chatterbox, 5'10", 40C, 18st | Kitty of Adventures of a Riot Grrrl, 5'6" | Becky of Mrs Bebe Blog, 5'7", 38F | Becky of Does My Blog Make Me Look Fat, 5'4", 40J








Above: Katt of A Curvy Cupcake, 5'3", 38JJ-K | Lisa-Marie of Diary of a Size 22, 5'8", 38J, 19st | Nikki of Natty Nikki, 5'4", 38K, 15st | Vicky of The Randomness of Twee, 5'4", 38E, 17st 7lbs | Below: April of Vampira, 5'4", 38H-HH | Mookie of Mookie's Life, 5'6", 40N, 20st | Elena of Frivolous Mrs D, 5'8", 38J, 22st | Hollie of Pretty Big Butterflies, 5'6", 40DD



Below: Sarah of Plus Size & Proud, 4'10", 42H, 17st 13lbs | Leah of Just Me Leah, 5'5.5", 46E


12 comments:

  1. This is a really good post, thanks for writing it. Although I'm not as hung up on numbers as I used to be, I still sometimes get obsessed by them, especially my weight. It's so weird; I'm (mostly) fine with the way I look and I have learned to love my body, but my weight still bothers me. It's just numbers on a scale - why should it matter if I'm happy and healthy?

    I look at these photos and all I see are beautiful, gorgeous, sexy women. Hopefully, one day I'll be able to look at myself the same way and think "screw the numbers"!

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    1. Thank you! It's drummed into us that 'numbers matter' and it's very difficult to unlearn the lessons that we're taught, but it can be done :) just take it slowly x

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  2. Fabulous post Betty. I'll share it! Thanks for including me. xx

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    1. Thanks lovely & thank you for participating!

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  3. Amazing post, It's great to see the variation in all the stats in the ladies all wearing the same size as me. (22) I don't match any of them, which is absolutely fine.

    It's ingrained in a lot of people that numbers matter and we're all chasing the same thing, when in reality we are all so different and would be a strange world if we all looked the same, dressed the same, wore the same size.

    It's good to highlight it and it was a really lovely post xx

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    1. Thank you! It would be very strange indeed. I'm really overwhelmed with the popularity of this post x

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  4. This is a really fab post! It's really interesting to see so many different people who wear the same size. All beautiful in their own right! 😊 xo

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    1. Thank you! It's been really insightful x

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  5. Such a good idea. I love looking at everyone's stats and seeing how different we all are. But still FABULOUS, obv ;) xx

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    1. Yes! The fabulousness cannot be measured :D x

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  6. I so needed to see this. I am battling with my weight, my parents are constantly on at me for being fat, I look in the mirror and can't bear what I see, I hate my photo being taken, all because I've put on a lot of weight recently. It's crazy. I need to see that my body is more than a number, it's not a number at all, not the number on the scales, or on my clothes. It deserves love. Hopefully soon I will learn to love it.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that you're having a difficult time and that your parents aren't being supportive, but glad to hear that this post has been beneficial. Body positivity/acceptance can be a long journey and we all have set backs, but it's definitely worth it; I wish you all the best on your journey x

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