07/27/2016 03:52 EDT | Updated 07/27/2016 03:59 EDT

#WeWearWhatWeWant Encourages Women To Be Proud Of Their Clothing Choices

Eff the so-called "rules."

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.

One of my all time favorite looks. Torrid always does me right.

A photo posted by Simone Mariposa 🌺🌻👑 (@simonemariposa) on

"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.

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.

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."

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