How many times have you been told you couldn't wear something, because you didn't have the "right" body type?
For curvy women (and men) this is unfortunately a common occurrence. Just ask plus-size model Simone Mariposa.
The 23-year-old Los Angeles, Calif.-native knows all too well what body shaming is like, particularly when wearing clothes that accentuate a body type that doesn't fit traditional beauty standards.
"My body image greatly suffered from it," Mariposa told Buzzfeed. "I stopped wearing my legs and arms out, I stayed away from clothes that accentuated my belly fat, and I was extremely self conscious [in] public."
"However, after a while, I stopped letting society dictate my wardrobe, and starting wearing things that I always dreamed of wearing that made me feel beautiful," she continued.
This, along with a Twitter user's story on how a woman was shamed for her clothing choices on public transit, led Simone to start the #WeWearWhatWeWant movement to inspire everyone to feel comfortable in their clothing choices.
LRTs... Every plus size girl has had to bear the terrible brunt of being judged/policed for what we wear & how we wear it.— wise young fattie⭐️ (@SimoneMariposa) July 23, 2016
Stop making it "unacceptable" for plus women to wear clothes that show skin.— wise young fattie⭐️ (@SimoneMariposa) July 23, 2016
It's not your job to make our wardrobes.
Plus size ladies, RT with, reply to this tweet, or post your favorite outfits with the hashtag #WeWearWhatWeWant!— wise young fattie⭐️ (@SimoneMariposa) July 23, 2016
Shortly after Simone's call out, the tweets and RTs came flooding in, with several women sharing photos of themselves in their fave items of clothing.
And Mariposa was overwhelmed by the response.
I'm nearly moved to tears by the positivity in this #WeWearWhatWeWant hashtag.— wise young fattie⭐️ (@SimoneMariposa) July 23, 2016
I love seeing women discover their confidence.
She told Buzzfeed that she hopes the movement will keep its momentum and that the hashtag will spark an even bigger conversation.
"There are countless people out there who still lack that self-love to break their own mental chains of low self-esteem, and women like us can possible help to change that. We can lead by example."