SIZE DOESN’T MATTER
After twenty-three minutes of walking the mall, I made my way through the glass doors of Forever 21. Skipping a beat because I saw belted pants, polka dot bow-tie tops and high-cut swimwear. Summer is almost here, and the stores were celebrating its arrival. I had one thing on my mind, maxi dresses. I wanted something free-flowing, frilly and floral print. Four minutes flew by and just by looking, I knew none of the dresses interested me; not to mention some were either too big or too small.
As I maneuvered to the PLUS + CURVE section, I saw a ruffled green skirt dangling from the clothing rack. Cheesy but the skirt whispered my name, pulling me in to quickly search for my size. As I unfolded the clothes to reveal the tag, I realized the skirt was a pair of shorts. Part of me wanted to put them back but I couldn’t, I was a hostage to my favorite color.
Am I really doing this? It’s been over 10 years since the last time I wore shorts! I took another look at the ruffled threads and noticed it was in my price range, I couldn’t resist. Feeling insecure, I went up a size because I was too nervous to fully show my thighs. Immediately, I threw the shorts over my arm and headed to checkout.
When I arrived home I had to pinch myself, did I just buy shorts? I ripped the tag off to make it difficult returning or exchanging and force myself to wear this desired summer trend. With inspiration from curve model La’Tecia Thomas, I told myself, “Natonya, just own it.”
Ok this is it…
Finally, I tried the shorts on and it was liberating. Although I have cellulite and soft thighs, I didn’t see imperfection I saw a young woman celebrating her beauty. Being fearlessly beautiful. I wish I would’ve purchased the shorts in my true size because they are too big.
Just being honest, I will admit I’m not completely cured from my insecurity of wearing shorts, it will be a while before I wear them out in public. Baby steps. But I say writing and publishing a photo of me wearing shorts is a start and a commitment to wear this summer is a plus, even if it’s as lounge-wear. Lol! Gotta start somewhere!
The body image era is making its way through my life, not only am I posting and celebrating those who are enjoying their womanly shapes on @sheiconic but now I’m living the dream. Regardless of what I look like, I’m being confident and appreciating the body God gave me.
This post was NOT sponsored 🙂
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