This Plus-Size Model’s Swimsuit Shopping Photos Are Going Viral

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With the extended sunlight hours, days spent at the beach, and al fresco happy hours, summer is undoubtedly the best time of year. But if you’re a plus-size woman, the warmer months can also bring with them plenty of stress, especially when it comes time to buy a bathing suit. Much like bra shopping, finding a swimsuit that offers comfort, style and support – and doesn’t cost a fortune – is a surprisingly difficult experience, especially if you’re looking to buy a two-piece. Plus-size blogger-turned-model Sonny Turner, for one, is sick of it.

As Refinery29 reports, on Tuesday, Turner took to Instagram to share her frustration after trying, unsuccessfully, to find a decent bikini at a “popular high street [chain] store.” After trying on a bikini in a size 14 – the largest available – she shared three selfies of the ill-fitting swimsuit in an attempt to “show the reality of shopping as a thick/plus-size woman.” The London-based beauty wrote,

“High street store bikinis do not cater [to] women of my body type. Majority of online stores don’t either. NO ONE GETS IT, so for any upcoming designers I got [s]ome tips for you.”

Turner then outlined several things plus-size women need from a bathing suit, including “underwire for support,” “cups that correlate to bra sizes and…go past [a] DD,” and “bikini bottoms that don’t give [us] wedgies when we walk.”

She also expressed her frustration at the lack of stylish, affordable bikini options available for plus-size women, writing (in all caps),

“We deserve more choice[s] for our body type that isn’t just the generic black swimsuit with a kimono, yes, believe it or not, some of us actually want a thong bikini. The whole selection doesn’t have to be high-waisted….It’s not fair that we can’t wear cute swimwear just because we are built differently. We deserve to walk into a store and pay $10 for a nice bikini without breaking the bank and our body confidence.”

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Unsurprisingly, Turner’s passionate, body-positive post resonated with a lot of women, since the average woman in the U.S. is a size 16 (and therefore, has likely experienced the same frustration and discouragement while swimsuit shopping that Turner described). In less than 24 hours, Turner’s post racked up more than 12,000 likes and 500 comments, most of which praised the model for speaking up and sharing her frustrating, yet wildly relatable story.

The bottom line is that all women are built differently – some thin, some curvy, some short and some tall – but we all deserve to feel confident no matter what we’re wearing. It’s time more brands accept that, and provide options to suit all body types – because, as Turner writes, #everyBODYisbeautiful.

Watch: How One Plus-Size Model Learned to Love Her Body