If you’ve known me for a while, then you’ve known that I’ve always struggled with my weight and body acceptance. And let me tell you, it hasn’t been an easy process, especially navigating high school and college, where you feel like the focus is just on attractiveness to attract a significant other.
That said, one of my goals this year was to have total body acceptance. I wanted to stop hating myself for the way I look and let it define who I am. I’m honestly tired of the self-deprecation and self-esteem issues that come with my body. I can get into what I’m doing to cure that, but that’s not the point of this post.
Last week, I was casually scrolling through Facebook and a post from a group I belong to came up asking for places for shop/influencers for “midsize” girls. I thought to myself, “Huh, I wonder what that’s all about”, so I went on Instagram and found that there is a whole HASHTAG dedicated to it! Midsize is defined as women who are not exactly straight-size but not plus-size; they are in the middle. Finally, a whole community of women who are just like me and proud of it.
From what I’ve seen, this community isn’t that well publicized, but it needs to be. I’m pretty up with the trends on social and in fashion and last week was the first time I really saw anything on it. And it just opened up a world of possibilities and optimism for me. Suddenly, I felt more comfortable in the skin I’m in than I had in a long time. I finally felt a sense of community and that I’m not the only girl out there with the body type and the size I am. The fact that there is a whole midsize community who is also struggling to dress to flatter their bodies makes me feel comforted that I’m not alone.
There is no more need to be discouraged when going clothes shopping. There is no more need to feel self-loathing because I’m not a size 2 or 4. I can be healthy and happy in the body I am and proud of it. It’s finally just time to embrace that I’m a part of the midsize community with a midsize body. I can dress cute and photograph cute, and finally come off confident in the skin I’m in.
This is the kind of body-positive content that I want to fill my social media feeds with. Women who look like me and are proud of their bodies, finding the best ways to dress and style it. These women are truly an inspiration to me and I hope that I can be as confident as them someday in my body just as they are in theirs.