Editorial: Clothing retailers need to represent body diversity

Even though we’re living in an era of contemporary feminism and body diversity, the fashion industry is unrelenting in spreading negative body image in the media. Stores like Brandy Melville that advertise “one size fits most” are spreading the message that anybody who is too small or too big to fit their sizes are unattractive. These kinds of messages are especially toxic to women and girls who may base most of their self-image on the representation of themselves and their body type that is shown in fashion and the media. When someone’s body type is under represented or misrepresented, this often makes women feel less valuable than others who fit the fashion industry standard. If we are going to live […]

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Two sizes too small: body image and the fashion world

As the chill of October comes to a close and the suburban streets light up from the orange glow of jack-o-lanterns, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is here. With this yearly holiday comes the tradition of dressing up. From Wonder Woman to the Walking Dead, the choices are unlimited—unless your waistline exceeds 32 inches. According to Statistics Canada, the average waist circumference of a Canadian woman between the ages of 18 and 79 is approximately 34 inches. For males, the number is higher, sitting at around 37 inches. When comparing these numbers with sizing charts on numerous costume websites, the largest sizes available without switching into the plus-size section are only suitable for women with waists of 32 to 34 […]

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