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.

Cover Image Credit: Genius

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H&M Has No Excuse For Its Racist Photo

2018 has no room for modern-day racism in our society.

You would think that 2018 would be the beginning of the end of racism in our society. Once again, we are disappointed, but not surprised, by a large retailer's offensive slogan on apparel.

(Throwback to 2014 when Urban Outfitters was under fire for glamorizing mental illness on their t-shirts.)

H&M has released an extremely unacceptable display of product in the last few days. In H&M's children's clothing line, there is a green hoodie printed with the phrase "coolest monkey in the jungle," modeled by an African American child.

Modern-day racism really isn't a good look, H&M.

I don't understand how there is still racism in our world in general, but from a top retailer, no less.

As such a large company, it's shocking that no one caught this wildly inappropriate photo to be released onto their site, let alone taken in the first place.

You cannot be as successful of a retailer as H&M and not have several people review the line and the website before it goes live. A quick apology greets you upon entering H&M's website:

Who is apologizing, though?

Are we to assume it's the entire company or actually the specific parties involved?

Clearly, the entire company isn't involved because otherwise, someone would have caught this irresponsible act of racism.

Many celebrities with present and future collaborations have stepped away from H&M, refusing to be associated with them any longer after this scandal.

The Weeknd got a lot of Twitter attention as he has modeled in collaboration with H&M and tweeted his disappointment and embarrassment to be associated with such a company.

G-Eazy also had an upcoming collaboration with H&M, which he has stepped away from as well. You can also find a longer list of celebrity statements on this incident here.

It's 2018. It's time to start moving forward instead of backward with our progress in the elimination of racism. More people need to be speaking up, and bigger companies need to care enough to prevent this from happening EVER again.

Everyone is equal, and everyone deserves respect, and with us entering into the new year, I think it should be a priority to implement both of these things into our lives on a daily basis.

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Plus Sized Models Are Just As Beautiful, Stop Treating Them Differently

All women, tall and short, big and small, regular AND plus-sized, are all beautiful and special human beings.

I am not the prettiest person in the world by far but for some reason, something inside has always drawn me to modeling. I’ve always been intrigued by it ever since I was a child, the new styles, the beautiful girls, the photoshoots. It always came down to one big issue: I was too big to be a model.

No matter how many people told me I was pretty enough to model, I could never get into the industry because I was simply “too big”.

Plus size modeling has only been around in magazines and whatnot since the 1950s. This style of modeling was made so that bigger girls like me could get into the industry and show that they were just as beautiful as any other model.

As I have matured, I came to realize the several problems that occur when looking into the modeling industry. When we think of models, we picture girls like we see in the Victoria's Secret fashion show, in all these magazines but these looks are simply not attainable by many girls and male models face these same problems as well.

With a little research from some modeling companies websites, I found that in order to be a model, they look for you to be from 5.9’ to 6ft tall with an average 34 bust 24 waists 34 hip sizing. Because of this, many of those who either want to be models, are models or look up to models as role models often get dysmorphia.

Eating disorders are so overly common in today's society without even thinking about the modeling agencies that are putting unrealistic views into the generations of today. Always trying to look like that one person on the cover or a magazine can often lead to a person's body dysmorphia where they believe they can not eat or anything along those lines because, in order to be beautiful, they should look a certain way when in reality each person is beautiful on their own.

Another problem I see arising from the modeling industry which is where my mind has always wandered, plus size modeling. Plus size modeling was made so that the beauty of everyone could shine if so chosen with disregard to size. I believe the concept of plus-sized models is wonderful but unfortunately, if you look closely, even plus size modeling is janky.

Plus size modeling can start as low of a size as 6. If you see a normal person in your day to day life that is a size 6, they are usually considered skinny. A very common plus size model will be about size 8 to 12. The crazy thing is this averages out to be a 38 bust, 30.5 waists and 40 hips as a size 10. In 2011, a study done by stated that the average women were a size 14! A size 14 when a normal plus-sized model is supposed to be an 8-12. What does that make the average woman?

My favorite example of a beautiful, iconic women into this is Demi Lovato. This star reels in at a size 8; 34-25-36. But guess what, everyone sees her as gorgeous. Recently Demi has been lurking in the fashion industry with her new line of workout clothes with the company Fabletics. She would technically be considered a plus-size model in the industry for simply being the size of a normal woman but because many people look up to her without looking at her size, we realize that size doesn't matter at all.

An article written by Renee Jacques talked to some plus sized models about their experiences and the claims were phenomenal; stating things like “I want to strive to endorse a positive body image and act as a role model to young women who previously thought ‘thin’ was the only way to get a foot over the fashion threshold.” (Saffi Karina).

“The true meaning of FASHION in all likelihood it encompasses and revels in Change, in decadence, in obscurity versus ordinary, in risk-taking. While fashion beckons followers and innovation create fashion, it’s those who deviate from accepted norms who create so much of our fashion from the get-go.” (Velvet d’Amour).

These are just a couple of the many women in the agencies who have valid opinions about the term “plus-sized”.

In the fashion world, many models have decided to turn to plus-sized modeling. Many were kicked out of their agency for a change in their body and were told they weren’t good enough anymore. This fact alone makes me sick to my stomach. I understand the standards modeling has set up but what should be looked into is the health of these girls making the cut. Eating disorders and body dysmorphia caused by the man who is telling other girls they are not beautiful enough to do what they love. In some cases, models who are small enough to be in the non plus size modeling will choose to leave that side and go into plus size modeling simply because they want to be able to treat their bodies correctly.

All women tall and short, big and small, regular AND plus sized are all beautiful and special human beings and we as a society need to get into our heads that people should not be suffering because we expect them to look a specific way. The plus size industry has just as beautiful of girls as the non-plus size industry and respect and love should be given all around. All hail the human body in all shapes and forms.

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