Sydney WashingtonWhen you think of full figured women what comes to mind?: Monique, Gabourey Sidibe, Beyonce, or Sofia Vergara? Just like there is a battle between light skin and dark skin women, there is a battle between thick women and thicker women. Women size 18 or above might balk at considering a size 14 woman thick. But in the fashion world, even a size 8 can be considered “thick”. For this installment I interviewed my bestie and roomie Sydney Washington , a young lady who has be told “You’re not full figured!” I will let her give you her perspective of being a full figured woman. I present to you Sydney Washington:
Boots: Old Navy
How does it make you feel when women say you are not “full figured”?
It gets on my nerves. I may not be able to relate to heavier women but I still have to be cautious. Like Old Navy, I at times have to go a size up. I have to watch what I wear too.
Women work out trying to get the “Beyonce bottom” and some might feel like you are lucky to have it naturally. But how do you feel about having the “Beyonce bottom”?
It’s nice to have something that guys want but at the same it's not. Like when I have the guys cat calling me from the car or when a woman tells me she likes my shape and everyone stares to stare.
How do you describe your style?
I like to be trendy, conservative yet sexy, and comfortable
Do you have challenges dressing your body type? And how have you overcome those challenges?
I do have challenges. Certain shirts have become a problem like babydoll tees. Jeans because I have to find something that fits my thighs. I accept it for what it is. Some things that I use to wear and now I can’t or try to find it in a bigger size. I try not to put myself down because of my size.
Who or what inspires your style?
In Essence magazines like to look for the “What their wearing in…” series or other fashions in magazines
Is there any style of clothing that you absolutely stay clear of?
Yes, short shorts
What stores do you prefer to shop?
Dillard's, Savers, Consignment Shops, Rue 21 for trends, JCPenny
Some women with your shape might feel a need to wear tight clothing to show off their shape but you tend to dress conservatively. Do you find that you do this on purpose?
Yes. If people can already see it then why over do it. You are sexy when you are conservative.
When did you realize that you were going to be a curvy woman and did you always embrace it?
I didn’t realize how thick I was until I was in the 7th grade and size 13 in pants. I told my mom I was going to tone up because my butt was big but then she told that I was going to have a big butt so I might as well get use to it.
What advice would you give to curvy women?
Embrace your size. Size can be overrated. Love yourself. If you can fix it, fix it but love yourself. Everyone was not built to be stick thin.