Summer Body Rant

There is no doubt about it- I prefer winter clothes. Jumpers, fluffy socks, leggings, and huge scarfs. What is there not to like?

I’m not really sure how I feel about the idea of a “summer body”. I attempted a summer body last year, with the added pressure of wanting to look good for Freshers. Then it was Christmas. That’s usually when the countdown begins. It’s okay, you think, I’ve got 7 months until my holiday. Then Easter creeps up. Then exam season- where most students lock themselves away. Now, I’m sat here with my “winter body”.

It got me thinking about my “summer body” and how this “ideal” makes normal people feel inadequate for summer. A season. It made me question, why do we put the pressure on ourselves and others?

Plus Size Models don’t seem “plus” to me. Since when was a Size 12 a “plus size”? What are we suggesting to people? That having hips or bigger legs or bigger bust is to say you’re “plus size”?

Having a healthy lifestyle is one thing, but genes are another. I do not have a thigh gap, or small butt, or normal size boobs. Whatever “normal” may mean. But I’m not “plus size”. Or maybe I am- I looked on one website and the plus size model had the same size legs as me. But these features are for the majority down to genes.

I have a size 8 waist, a size 10 bottom and a size 12 bust. Sure, some styles suit and fit me better than others. But why on earth do I go looking online for clothes in my size and come away feeling overweight?

I always hear people say how they used to think they were overweight, but in reality they weren’t. It frustrates me that girls can flick through a magazine and end up feeling inferior. It’s easy to forget that it’s a models’ job to look good, to go to the gym and keep up the “summer body”.

Fashion plays a big role in this too- skinny jeans will always look better on someone with a thigh gap and beautifully long legs. But if bootleg jeans were the “in” thing, us curvy girls would be rocking them.

I just think we need a reality check. Everyone is a different shape. It’s normal to envy someone else or admire a feature of theirs. But lets not make people feel uncomfortable by the pool as their “summer body” means more booty, more bust and little less toned belly.

I am trying to love my “summer body”.

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