If you have a body type that’s different to what’s on the catwalk (and let’s be honest, that’s the majority of society), you probably dread going bikini shopping. Women’s clothes sizes are confusing enough as it is, but bikini and swimwear shopping takes that to a whole new level. Sometimes it seems like designers have forgotten that women with big breasts, thick thighs and regular-sized waists even exist.
Well, it’s time to meet model Sonny Turner
As well as being a super-successful plus-size model with over 200K followers on Instagram, Sonny Turner is also a vocal advocate for body positivity. And shopping for bikinis makes her mad. In a series of photos that are both hilarious yet alarming, Sonny demonstrates how poorly the largest bikini in a commercial store fits her very normal body. She then goes on to suggest a number of improvements that the fashion industry needs to take on board when designing swimwear, such as “big breasts need underwire for support” and “cup sizes [should] correlate to bra sizes.”
The solution shouldn’t be to just “go to a specialty store.”
Sunny makes a good point to anyone who’d tell her to simply go shop in a specialty store for plus-size bodies. “WE DESERVE TO WALK INTO A STORE AND PAY £10 FOR A NICE BIKINI WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK.” Many women with “plus-size bodies” (which sometimes is merely larger than a size 14 – hardly unusual!) are forced to shop in specialty stores where the prices are higher. And the designs and patterns in these stores are normally limited. Sonny’s right—women of all body types deserve to have the same access to the same types of clothing at the same prices.
Sonny’s got a reputation for calling out the fashion industry and preaching body positivity.
While Sonny’s bikini rant deservedly went viral, it wasn’t the first time the model has spoken out about fashion beauty standards, and nor will it be the last. In another post, Sonny posted a photo of her posing in her underwear, musing about her “big belly”. In the post, Sonny raises an extremely important point – “Women have extra fat cells around the midriff which creates oestrogen. Females in my family have a history of high levels of oestrogen that causes bloating and swelling. ☹ Me overly trying to get a six pack or flat stomach can put me at risk of infertility, hormonal imbalance or even osteoporosis.”
So often you hear people say that if someone has a less than “perfect” bodies it’s “their own fault” for “not taking care of themselves.” But as Sonny so perfectly articulates, her body type is actually protecting her health. “A little chubb never hurt anyone it actually protects me,” she concludes. Can we please get that printed on a T-shirt?
She’s also got a sense of humor.
Sonny doesn’t take herself too seriously – she pokes fun at the ridiculous beauty standards in society, like in this hilariously altered post captioned “society be like: this what a real woman looks like.” Sometimes it really does seem like the fashion industry is looking at the world through a fake filter, and projecting that image onto the rest of society too.