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Don’t blame your body, it’s the label: This shopper shows how dress sizes mislead

South African body positive activist Mira Hirsch’s Instagram posts juxtapose two garments in the same size with different fittings to show how the size of clothes is meaningless.

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 24, 2017 14:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Mira Hirsch’s Instagram post shows her trying on two different garments of the same size which don’t fit her in the same manner. (Courtesy: Mira Hirsch/Instagram)

We have all had moments in the changing room when we realise that two pairs of jeans or T-shirts may be of the same size but don’t fit us in the same manner. But while it may drive some to depression and feeling ashamed about their body, an Instagrammer has decided to use the occasion to make people feel more positive about themselves and realise it’s a quirk of labelling.

Mira Hirsch is a South African body-positive influencer. In a recent post on her Instagram account, she juxtaposes two images of herself wearing jeans of the same size. While one of them fits her perfectly, the other one doesn’t. Through the image, Hirsch points out that the numbers on the labels of our clothes are meaningless.

“You look for something in your usual size, it doesn’t fit and you end up leaving the store feeling so s****y about yourself, letting diet culture kick in, and self-loathing take over...” she says in the post, adding, “Stop trying to fit into the “ideal size”! Wear clothes that you feel funky in!”

Check out some more photos from her Instagram account:

reposting this because this photo was the turning point in my journey, i knew how nervous i was before posting it for the first time and it received SO MUCH positivity from all of you. it was my first real and raw photo showing my biggest insecurities so i wanted to share it again with you guys to show how far ive grown since starting this page 6 months ago . and how absolutely CRAZY it is to think i have gained over 100 000 of you!! . . . . . from the bottom of my heart i thank you all profusely ❤️ . . you have made my self love journey and incredibly easy one and i would not be where i am today if it weren't for all of you🌹 . . loving every part of me including all my nooks and crannies, cracks and crevices and everything in between🌕 . ive been debating posting this on my page for a while now because sometimes it's hard to look at yourself with complete contentment. . obviously you want the world to see all your best angles, your most flattering parts. but that's not realistic! . if you saw me walking in the streets you would see that i don't always look like my pictures, everyone will tell you they look for the perfect lighting, use their best angles and wear clothing to make them "look as attractive as possible" etc. . but that isn't always your true, authentic self. you should never be afraid to share your unique and beautiful features. and if someone disagrees? SCREW THEM, who are they to tell you what THEY prefer. it's YOUR BODY. . my page is meant to show you all that being perfect doesn't exist! it's okay if your photos aren't all amazingly shot because that's who you are! . i don't just want to share my best, most perfectly captured pictures that have 500 others similar ones but that one just happened to have made the cut 🙄 lol . . i want to be as real and as authentic with you all as possible and share my most vulnerable photos with you because at the end of the day, this is Me, this is Mira and i don't care whether you accept me or not because I ACCEPT ME AND YOU SHOULD ACCEPT YOU TOO❤️ . . . . . 🌸 . . . 📷@gabi_hirsch

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First Published: Sep 16, 2017 12:50 IST