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There are dozens of influencers out there who are empowering all kinds of women, from the fit fam to the body positive movement. However, one group that we’ve struggled to see being represented are ladies that are a size 14, until now…

The wonderful Lucy Wood has inspired many women to embrace their size 14 bodies with her encouraging and honest videos.

The writer has bravely opened up about her body in a series of videos, where she shares her body confidence tips and fashion advice for women who are ‘a little bit fat.’

As a size 14 woman myself, Lucy’s videos have made me feel comfortable enough to dress the way I want, instead of covering up every inch of my body.

There is so much pressure on women to look a certain way, and that is why content creators like Lucy are so important.

One of the main reasons why I love the autumn and winter months is because I feel more body confident. I love wearing snuggly jumpers, giant scarves and chunky boots. However, once the summer rolls around I can’t help but dread the change of style.

 

 

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When I turn over the calendar from May to June I can’t help but fret about the struggles of dressing my size 14 body in ‘suitable summer clothes’.

My mind fills with a wave of worries- How will I cover up my pasty pale legs? Won’t my stomach look too big in light summer dresses?

Since watching Lucy’s inspiring videos, I have realised that it doesn’t matter what size you are. We should all dress in a way that makes us feel good. You can wear a floral playsuit whether you are a size 8 or a size 14.

You don’t have to cover up your body just because you’re that little bit chunkier than your friends. Embrace the skin you’re in and follow in Lucy’s footsteps.

She’s paving the way for us size 14 ladies and I’ll proudly march beside her.

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Size inclusivity has come along leaps and bounds in the fashion industry in recent years, but sometimes fashion houses don't quite get it right.

One particular Zara ad is going viral this week, as people are outraged at their definition of curves.

While there is no wrong way to have curves, Today FM presenter Muireann O'Connell snapped a picture of two very slim models in a new Zara ad, posing under the caption"Love Your Curves," and people are not happy. 

The tweet has since gone viral, with over 23,000 likes and 12,000 retweets. 

The models are posing for the brand's Curve denim jeans, but many people are speaking out as they feel that the suggestion that the featured models are curvy could be damaging. 

People are also baffled as to how the brand could consider the women as curvacious. 

"I'd have a word with your advertising department…..curves?…..where?…" said one. 

However, not everyone agrees that the outcry is justified, and feel that it is sizeist against slim women.

"Why is it OK for you to denigrate slim girls? Everyone has curves. Body shaming of slim girls appears to be perfectly fine, eh?" said one, who also pointed out that her daughter has been teased for being slim. 

"Isn't it possible that Zara is trying to help girls who see themselves as "sticks" to realise that they too have curves?" said another

Zara has yet to comment on the campaign. 

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At her lowest point, Megan Jayne weighed just 5st, was kept alive by a feeding tube and told she had just weeks to live.

Though she wasn't diagnosed with anorexia until the age of 14, Megan says she had self-esteem issues from as early as five years old.

These days though, she has embraced her curves and uses images of her own body to inspire others, sharing pictures with her 44k Instagram followers on a daily basis. 

Megan might seem like she exudes body confidence, but she admits that even after her physical recovery she still couldn't wrap her head around the idea that curves could be beautiful.

 

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"My weight never relapsed back down to dangerously low, but my mind never truly recovered," she says on her website, BodyPosiPanda.

"I tripled my body weight in a year, and was thrown right back into a world of diet talk and airbrushed ideals, in a newly chubby body that I was disgusted with."

 

A simple dress and some sunshine feeling grateful for all of the little things

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Through the medium of social media though, Megan found a whole community of people who were proud of their bodies regardless of how they looked.

"Somehow I stumbled across a body positive hashtag, and saw all these people of every shape and size unapologetically loving themselves.

"Slowly, reluctantly, something dawned on me: I just could not live the rest of my life hating myself."

 

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Now, six years on, Megan describes herself as a "recovered anorexic and recovered self-loather," and she's using her experiences to help others.

"Whatever you’ve been taught to hate about yourself, whether it’s your weight, your height, your skin colour, your gender, your age, your ability – you are more than that thing," she says.

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