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Woman uses 6 photos to prove that women’s clothing sizes are just ridiculous.

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Deena Shoemaker’s friend wrote a post on Facebook about a neighbor who was asking for pants to be donated after losing her house in a fire.

As she was going through her closet to find old pants, she noticed that all of her pants are totally different in size.

All these years, she’d been the same size, and yet she has pants ranging from size 5 to size 12.

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Being a mentor coach and a counselor who has been working with teen and pre-teen girls for the last 6 years, Deena was not happy about what she had found out.

In her now viral Facebook post, she criticizes the fashion industry for telling girls what the “ideal body size” is.

Check it out below:

Deena Shoemaker

No I’m not selling my pants; I’ve just got a bone to pick.

I’ve worked with teen & pre-teen girls as a leader and counselor in various places for the last 6 years. I’ve listened to countless girls tell me about their new diets and weight loss fads. I’ve have girls sob in my arms and ask me, “if I were skinnier, would he have stayed?”

I’ve counseled girls who were skipping meals. I’ve caught some throwing up everything they’ve just eaten.

But as I was going through my clothes tonight I started to notice how dramatically different the size of all my pants were. And I have a real problem with the fact that my size 5 pants fit me THE EXACT SAME WAY that my size 12 pants do.

Let me explain why I’m not happy, America. You Photoshop models and actresses and slap them on the front of beauty magazines. At this point it’s a pretty universally known truth that you’re lying to us and those aren’t accurate portrayals of the human body. I can prove it to girls pretty easily by simply showing them how Photoshop works.

But when you resize a girl’s pants from a 9 to a 16 and label it “plus size,” how am I supposed to fight that? Photo manipulation is one thing but how do you expect me to convince her that the number printed inside her clothes is a lie too? How do you expect me to convince her that she doesn’t need to skip dinner for the next month because her pant size didn’t *actually* go up by seven digits?

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STOP telling my girls that a size 4 is the “ideal body size” and the “epitome of beauty” if you’re going to change a size 4 into an 8 or a 12 or whatever number you feel like on any given day.

And to you; my dear beautiful girls, my size 2 girls or my size 18 girls, your size doesn’t determine your beauty; your life does. The size printed inside your clothes is subjective to the fashion industry’s personal taste and it fluctuates rapidly. Stop believing the social normatives about who and what you should be.

You are lovely and you are loved.
Just exactly the way you are.


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