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Women of all sizes hugging each other promoting body positivity

Inclusivity issues are identified as a focal point when it comes to clothing in retail stores. Throughout fashion history, additional sizing options have been routinely left out, leaving out numerous people who could be potential customers for these brands. This has been a major topic of discussion recently, leaving many women angry at the fact that they cannot shop at certain stores–simply because of their size. 

One woman who has been openly advocating for the normalization of plus-size women and clothing is the very popular singer/songwriter, Lizzo. She has made numerous statements criticizing the fact that the fashion industry has failed to meet her standards of inclusivity. She has loudly voiced her opinion, and changes are now being made for the better. Not only has she brought more attention to this topic, but she has helped other plus size women’s confidence through her social media activism and music. Lizzo has inspired many different brands to be more inclusive. specific

In one interview, Lizzo said “I’ve been watching the industry change slowly since I’ve been in the game. I’ve watched it change which is encouraging.” This shows that although the change in size inclusivity is happening at a slow pace, it is happening. This change is for the better and is already making people more confident, just as Lizzo said.

First of all, there is no defined standard for what classifies as plus size. Most brands and retailers consider size 18 and up to be plus size. However, brands have recently begun including more and more sizes.

Although there are many brands out there that are specific towards plus size, the problem remains that many popular brands are not inclusive. Many major brands have no or very minimal plus size options. But recently, popular companies such as Fabletics, Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing, and SKIMS have made major contributions to being more inclusive with sizing. SKIMS, which is the clothing brand founded by Kim Kardashian, has sizes up to 4X. It’s always positive when a celebrity brand does this, as it helps encourage inclusivity. Similarly to  Lizzo, a great deal of people look up to Kim. The fact that her brand is plus size friendly, r helps advocate for  plus size accommodations. 

Plus size models have also helped to encourage the inclusivity of more sizes. Whether it’s in a magazine, on TV, or online, people are inspired by them and so are brands. Social media is another huge factor when it comes to spreading the word. Plus size models on social media platforms have helped to grow the plus size industry.