Last week I went shopping for my friend’s birthday. I wanted to get her some clothes that she could feel confident in. Not too difficult of a task, right? Not quite. My friend is a size 12 to plus size depending on the label. After spending nearly three hours searching one of the most popular malls in LA, I found absolutely *nothing* for her. I left defeated, overwhelmed, depressed and empty handed.
What a cruel practice it is to not include women of all sizes in all clothing lines. After that experience I feel nothing but empathy for the millions of women who aren’t empowered by fashion. Instead, a journey to the mall is a painful step into the surreal world of being ignored and alienated.
Like me, my friend has a Mexican body. Our apple shape fails to live up to the sexy Kardashian hourglass. Our bodies aren’t like the curvy girls who tend to be plus-size models. For some larger Latina’s, the only shirts and dresses out there are big and flowy. Rarely, flattering.
While I am thrilled that there are more options for plus sized women, the industry has a long way to go. I can’t wait for the time when my friend can shop and know that she’ll find a fierce outfit to flaunt on the dance floor Saturday night.
Check out the piece below to learn more about the history and limitations of the plus-sized clothing industry.
Read More: NYTimesMagazine.com
And the following rebuttal to the piece with insightful comments worth the read: