Model challenges the fashion industry to step up on plus-size swimsuits

July 3, 2017 4:18 pm Last Updated: July 3, 2017 4:18 pm

 

Sonny Turner may be a model and she may be Insta-famous, but like the majority of women, she struggles when it comes to finding a bathing suit, particularly a bikini, that fits.

In a recent post on her Instagram, the British model documented a shopping trip experience that many women are quite familiar with—trying on a swimsuit that according to the tag is your size only to realize the bathing suit was not designed with a plus-size woman in mind.

She captioned her post, “The reality of shopping as a thick/plus size woman.”

THE REALITY OF SHOPPING AS A THICK/PLUS SIZE WOMAN. ‼️ changing rooms can be scary places. I am wearing the largest size from one of the most popular high street stores sells in bikinis which is 12-14. High street store bikinis do not cater for women of my body type. Majority of online stores don't either. NO ONE GETS IT so for any upcoming designers I got come tips for u BIG BREASTS NEED UNDERWIRE FOR SUPPORT FOR A YOUTHFUL LIFT WE NEED CUP SIZES THAT CORRELATE TO BRA SIZES AND THEY NEED TO GO PAST DD WE NEED CUPS THAT ACTUALLY COVER MORE THAN OUR NIPPLE WE NEED CUPS THAT BRING OUR BOOBS TOGETHER SO THERES NOT A MASSIVE GAP IN-BETWEEN THEM WE NEED STRAPS THAT AREN'T SO TIGHT ITS AS THOUGH OUR NECK IS ABOUT TO SNAP OFF WE NEED BIKINI BOTTOMS THAT DONT GIVE IS WEDGIES WHEN WE WALK WE NEED STRING BIKINIS THAT DONT EXPOSE OUR VAGINA LIPS WE NEED SWIMSUITS THAT FIT OVER OUR HIPS WITHOUT DRAGGING THE NECK OF THE COSTUME DOWN CAUSING NECK ACHE WE DESERVE MORE CHOICE IN THE SELECTION FOR OUR BODY TYPE THAT ISN'T JUST THE GENERIC BLACK SWIMSUIT WITH A KIMONO YES BELIEVE IT OR NOT , SOME OF US ACTUALLY WANT A THONG BIKINI , THE WHOLE SELECTION DOESN'T HAVE TO BE HIGHWAISTED WE'RE GONNA NEED YOU TO STOP USING MODELS WITH FAKE BOOBS THAT AREN'T A REAL DEPICTION OF WHAT THE BRA WOULD LOOK LIKE ON OUR REAL DROOPY ONES ITS NOT FAIR THAT WE CANT WALK WEAR CUTE SWIMWEAR JUST BC WE ARE BUILT DIFFERENTLY. WE DESERVE TO WALK INTO A STORE AND PAY £10 FOR A NICE BIKINI WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK AND OUR BODY CONFIDENCE. #everyBODYisbeautiful bottom line is: MAKE CLOTHES FOR ALL SIZE & BODIES.

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Turner, like so many women looking to freshen up their summer wardrobe, visited a store with the intentions of buying a bikini. When she tried on the largest size, which she said was a 12-14 (8-10 US), she was extremely disappointed. Not only did the bikini not offer the support needed for someone her size, but it looked like it was made for someone at least three sizes smaller than the advertised size.

After sharing her frustration, Turner had a few ideas for “any upcoming designers.” She, along with many other women who left comments in support of her Instagram post, asked for more support, more coverage, and more choice when it comes to the design of a bathing suit, among many other reasonable demands.

“It’s not fair that we can’t wear cute swimwear just because we are built differently,” she wrote. “We deserve to walk into a store and pay £10 for a nice bikini without breaking the bank and our body confidence.”

Turner’s Instagram post hit home with a lot of her followers. Since she published the pictures of the ill-fitting bikini, the post has received over 18,000 likes and several hundred comments, with many people praising the model for criticizing the fashion industry on not being inclusive of plus-size women.

In an interview with Mashable, Turner said bikini shipping was “always a nightmare.”

“High street shops only have like three sizes which is ridiculous as we live in 2017 there’s more than 3 body types.”

Many larger women have found that while searching online for “plus size bathing suits” will give them brick and mortar options like Target, Old Navy, Lane Bryant, and Torrid, if the bathing suits aren’t overpriced — $110.50 for a one-piece bathing suit — they are either only available online or don’t offer the proper support and coverage. Although these women may be accustomed to having a much smaller selection and fewer options for beautiful bathing suits, as well as other clothes, Turner demonstrates that they don’t have to stay quiet about it.

As Turner said, “#everyBODYisbeautiful,” and her message is that the fashion industry needs to start making clothes for every body.