Whether we’re short or tall, petite or voluptuous, a shocking number of people think it's okay to comment on a woman's body size, even if it’s disguised as a compliment. We say enough is enough – all shapes and sizes should be celebrated, especially those blessed with an enviable hourglass figure. Here, one curvy girl reveals the comments she’s become tired of hearing…
'You're Looking Well!'
Usually said when you've dolled yourself up a bit for a wedding. Often by Uncle Dave, or Auntie Carol. At the time, you smile and say thank you, but you’re always left wondering: 'What was wrong with me before?'
'Black Is Really Flattering, You Know'
So it is. But if I like wearing bright orange, that’s cool, too. Sometimes people don’t dress in what they think will make them look the slimmest, or the most attractive – they just wear what they like. And if it makes them feel great, then everyone else should be all for it.
'You Dress Really Well for Your Figure'
Or maybe your figure just makes everything look great. Who knows, and who cares? It’s natural that we occasionally dress to show off our best assets, but if we want to ignore all the advice that tells us to show off our curves and choose comfy, baggy styles instead, then that’s okay, too.
'Should You Be Eating That?'
Of course, what someone else puts into their mouth is none of your business. But if you must comment, make it something along the lines of: 'That looks delicious, I'm going to get the same,' or 'Great choice girl!' Salads have their place, but so does a slice of pizza.
Person Who’s Clearly Slim: 'OMG, I’m So Fat!'
This is quite clearly to make people react in shock and say, 'Don’t be silly, of course not!', but it makes those who are built differently feel inadequate. Even the most confident of curvy girls might question her own body if the girl three dress sizes smaller thinks she’s fat. Less of the body bashing; it's better all round that way.
'When Are You Due?'
A tip to everyone: Never, ever, ask this question, unless the person you’re specifically aiming it at has told you that they’re pregnant. Even if you're convinced that said person is with child, keep schtum and save yourself the embarrassment of being told in front of a room full of people that you’ve just asked the woman who had a big lunch if she's having a baby.