Slim Thick Is The New Thin

Slim Thick Is The New Thin

Sorry Brandy Melville.

In Odyssey's famous Dad Bod article, self-image is both a male and female issue, and up until recent, perfectly sculpted figures were really the only accepted body type.

"Thunder thighs", "fat ass", and "pear shape" were all terms that friends associated with me. Family and friends would say these to my face not knowing that these simple words tore me up inside.

Jeans were my worst enemy as they were too tight around my thighs and butt, but too loose around my waist.

My first high school boyfriend would tell me to hit the gym and slim down because my butt was too big.

The thing was... I could't do much to change my body type. This is who I was.

As the end of high school came around, all my friends would head to their favorite store... Brandy Melville. This store still haunts me to this day.

The company knows what kind of girls they want wearing their clothes, therefore they only make clothes for size 0 teenage girls, also known as 'one size fits all' in their store.

I remember this moment vividly. I stood there having bought a single jacket and I watched as my friends approach the counter with a cute pair of ripped jeans and a plaid skirt, and for some reason I came to the conclusion that something was wrong with me.

How could I not fit in these clothes but they could? Was I too big for their store?

I would cry in dressing rooms, to my mom, and sometimes alone at night. I was officially scarred.

It wasn't until my freshman year in college, when Kylie Jenner grew into her body which was very womanly. She had the small waist, plump butt, and toned legs. It was more of a pear shape than hourglass.

At first people were so disgusted as they claimed it was fake and that it didn't look natural, but to me, seeing a celebrity rocking my body type with all the confidence in the world, pulled me together again.

Soon after, Fetty Wap's Jimmy Choo song released, everyone added the word slim-thick to their vocabulary.

Soon friends would obsess over my body as they would tell me how lucky I am to have a natural womanly shape.

Now, Khloe Kardashian's jean brand GOOD AMERICAN is selling like crazy because it's one of the first jean brands out there that are meant to fit women with this body type. As a result, many other clothing lines are following this trend.

Now, my friends stictly go to the gym, not to slim down, but to build up muscle in their thighs and butt.

I went into Urban Outfitters recently with my sister and I was complaining to her because their jeans fit me so weird, and her response was: "Yaz, you are just too slim thick for them."

When she said this, my eyes opened to reality. Having a womanly figure is not a bad thing and never was.

The term slim thick as defined by Urban Dictionary is a girl with "big/toned thighs, plump booty, and a flat/toned stomach."

Slim thick is the first positive term I have ever heard that compliments the body of a woman who has some meat on her bones.

More and more, every day we see beautiful women who have an above average weight go into modeling. Our society is finally recognizing the beauty within this particular body type.

The media has changed the definition of beauty in a matter of a year.

I believe every shape and size is beautiful. Every body type should be appreciated as well as recognized because not everyone will fit into the same pair of jeans, sorry this isn't the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, this is reality.

Embrace and love your body, and don't ever let any company, person, or magazine convince you otherwise.

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8 Summer Time Struggles You'll Only Understand If You're Whiter Than Mayonnaise

A jar of mayonnaise could get a tan easier than me.

With Spring and Summer around the corner, everyone is slowing trading in their thick layers and boots for daisy dukes and tank tops. We are quite literally shedding our winter coats. It is truly a great time of the year. But for some, it is not as great as it is for others. I'm talking about all my pale people out there. If you find yourself paperwhite, immune to tanning, pasty AF, and most likely covered in freckles, then this article is for you.

Now, even though the sun is my mortal enemy, I still love the warmer seasons because I am not the devil. But, with warmer weather, us pale folks have a few struggles that seem to happen each year, no matter how hard we try to prevent it.

1. You can't wear a swimsuit without blinding every unfortunate soul that sees you

^ Everyone after you take off your cover-up to reveal your blindingly pale stomach (and rest of your body).

I can't go swimming without one person commenting on how pale my thighs and stomach are. I get it; I look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

^ In case you needed a visual, this is the Pillsbury Dough Boy, AKA me.

2. You HAVE to wear 1,000,000,000,000 SPF sunscreen

Because if you don't you will be set on fire by the sun and die. No exaggeration.

3. You don't tan you just get more freckles

It looks like an entire constellation of stars is mapped out on my face by the end of the summer.

4. Your sunburns NEVER fade into a tan

You would hope that after being burned to a crisp you would at least get a tan in the end. But no, you are wrong if you ever hope for such fantasies.

5. People constantly compare their new, golden tan to your pasty pale skin

^ Me every time after someone holds up their beautifully tanned arm to my translucent arm. Yes, you are tanner than me, but so is a napkin.

6. Fake tans are not as promising as they seem

To look like a Cheeto or a piece of paper? Neither are ideal options.

7. You are the "pale friend" of your friend group

^ Me every time my friends start to complain about their tan lines.

8. You are too pale for some swimsuits

Some colors are just not going to look good up against paper, pale skin, especially when so much of that pale skin is visible.

But in the end, you just have to embrace your luminous skin and not care that you look like Casper the friendly ghost — because everyone is beautiful in their own way!!! (Sorry for the sap.)

Now go put on some sunscreen.

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When Is Makeup Appropriate In The Workplace?

I looked at different career fields and analyzed social pressures for women who wear makeup.

I work at a Clinique counter. It is my job to know about makeup. I love working with different products that we have, and I wear makeup to my job every time I have a shift.

I would like to start off with the pure fact that I believe everyone is so individually beautiful inside and out, and I am not saying in any way that you need to wear makeup to be beautiful or successful.

When a few of my co-workers and I were leading a seminar for women in the communication field, something that is close to my heart because this will be affecting me as well, we were researching some facts about how women in the workplace. How if you wear too much someone will comment, but if you do not wear any someone will also comment. How much is too much, how much is not enough, and how does it depend on where you are working, and your age?

I worked at a golf course this summer, and although I would not get dolled up for work every day, I did make sure I had a clean-looking appearance, and when I knew I was closing a tournament, I would try a little harder, and make sure I did look a little better than my usual day. When I work at Clinique, I wear makeup because I feel like I should look the part, and if people see me I want to look like I know what I am doing. These both just personal preferences that I choose for when I go to work.

Women on average spend a whopping $300,000 on cosmetics in their lifetime, meaning those women who are making minimum wage spend around an hour just to cover the expenses of looking good for work that day. Different jobs have different standards, but a woman who was working at a clothing store was asked by her manager that she “hoped she could start wearing makeup,” even though she had never received a customer complaint and dressed the part.

Another example was a woman who worked at a restaurant who faced rules that stated their dress code was “date-ready makeup.” Management would correct one who was not adhering to the subjective standard.

Through these examples, it brought up the fact that men did not have to cover up their dark circles and wear a “date-ready” face of makeup. There is a complete double standard for women and men. Sometimes men show up in jeans and a shirt, looking unprofessional, but somehow this is okay because they are men.

Women are put in these hard positions and have to put beauty above all else because it is something is so commonly seen in the workplace, but it is something unavoidable.

What can we do as women to stop these double standards? Is this something that we just have to live with? Let's start the conversation and do something about these societal pressures that women are facing today in the workplace.

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