Opinion: In No Universe is Bebe Rexha ‘Too Big’
Fashion designers are denying size 8 Bebe Rexha their services for a dress for the Grammys because they, apparently, think she's too big.
*Cue rude lady from Mean Girls telling Regina George to go to Sears after she gained weight.*
Um, what?! Rexha went on a 50-second rant on Twitter and Instagram Monday addressing this issue.
Considering these stats, these designers denying their services, while it's well within their right, sends an awful message. Not to mention, they're alienating the vast majority of American women. A size 8 certainly isn't unhealthy or abnormal. I can't imagine the pressure these celebrities are under to maintain the "perfect" body. I put "perfect" in quotations because perfect doesn't exist! It's really a domino effect, celebrities pouring time and money into their bodies, only to have young women see the "perfect" photos and drive themselves crazy trying to obtain something similar, without the time and money the celebrities have.
Now, I'm one of the ladies that actually falls under this "acceptable" category with these designers, but that doesn't mean I haven't had to deal with obnoxious body shaming. I was quite unshapely from my teen years through my early 20's and nothing drove me quite as bonkers as when people would say things like, "Real women have curves!" Um, so what does that make my boney behind? What is it, women need to be a size 2 or they need to be curvy? Why can't we empower one body type without shaming another in the process?
I love Rexha's attitude in the video,
You’re saying that all the women in the world that are size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses. So all the people who said I’m thick and can’t wear dresses, f--k you, I don’t wanna wear your f--king dresses.
YAAS, GIRL! I think the moral of the story here is this, not everyone is going to accept you or what God gave you. What matters is how you respond to it. Do you let it bring you down, or do you give the haters the finger and move on? I say, as long as you're healthy, do yo' thang girl!
All this being said, whoever does design her dress is going to get some SERIOUS internet love.
What do you think about this? Have you ever experienced body shaming? What did you do about it?