Beauty doesn't have a size, it's time to stop judging


THE perfect woman is a size 10, has a thigh gap, a flat stomach, luscious hair, sculpted eyebrows and a tan, or does she?

As women we are led to believe that we need to fit a particular mould.

If we sway outside any of those ideals we are suddenly labelled as "plus-size" or "unhealthy".

The ultimate example of this is Aussie model Robyn Lawley.

She is a size 12 and is considered a plus-size in the modelling industry.

Lawley loathes the term plus-size and hates to think what other women think of themselves if she is labelled as plus-size.

The diet industry and the fashion industry make hundreds of millions of dollars every year and, who I think, are to blame for the unrealistic ideals that are set upon women.

The diet industry plaster abs and toned body parts all over their products and advertisements in a way to make women feel bad about their bodies.

And that's fine but how many women do you know who have abs or toned bodies?

Majority of the fashion houses worldwide have super-skinny girls strutting the catwalk for them which is also fine if that's who they want to target but what about the rest of the women all around the world who don't fit into those clothes.

It is also extremely annoying as a woman walking into five different stores and having to try on each item on even though it is labelled 'your size'.

And somehow a size 12 transfers into a large in some stores.

One comment has sparked some controversy on the Showpo Facebook post where a customer went to buy a size 14 item.

"Excuse me," she commented.

"When did a size 14 become XL?

"I know Australian women that are sizes 26-28 now that is extra large."

A screenshot of the comment made by a customer on the Showpo Facebook post.
A screenshot of the comment made by a customer on the Showpo Facebook post. Contributed

But at the end of the day, not only are the diet and fashion industries to blame.

We are our own worst enemies when we judge not only ourselves but other people as well.

There is no such thing as normal, no such thing as perfect.

We are all beautiful in our own individual way.

Beauty doesn't have a size.

Beauty has personality, brains and individuality.

Letitia Commerford is the digital producer for the Daily Mercury.



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