12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand

Being a curvy girl isn’t easy. Too big to be seen as “thin” but too skinny to be seen as “large”, we exist in a strange middle ground where dieting and exercise will never have the power to alter your genes. But why try? While advertising and mainstream media attempt to convince us that skinny is healthy, I think that health is as much a state of mind as it is a physical manifestation.

As a curvy girl, you suffer at the hands of many a daily struggle. From clothes to guys, trying to fight your way through the everyday trials of a curvaceous woman can seem difficult. But you’re certainly not the only one. So here are the top 12 struggles which us curvy girls suffer.


1. No Elastic? No Sale

When you find what looks to be the perfect pair of jeans you look at the label and discover that there is absolutely no elastic in the denim. Is this even worth trying? Hmm. Perhaps not. These are jeans for skinny bitches. Next shop.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


2. “You should be proud of your curves!”

When did I say I wasn’t proud of my curves? By using this phrase out of turn, it completely undermines its very meaning. You can’t tell me that I should be proud of my body while implying I should be ashamed of it.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


3. Guys staring at your arse

Ever get that feeling that someone behind you is staring at you? Like their eyes are burning into the back of your head? Yuh, well we get that feeling on our arses. And the thought that guys are perving on you whenever your back is turned is kind of gross and intimidating.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


4. Your boobs are automatically your body’s “best feature”

Devoid of ripped abs and toned arms, people think it’s ok to talk about your boobs in the same way that you might comment on a skinny girl’s figure. Of course, guys also love to comment on them whether you know them or not. You might have thought that the phrase “nice tits” was sexual harassment but it’s actually a legally mandatory compliment, under section 36DD.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


5. People assume you eat a lot

As a curvy girl, when you eat out with your friends it’s expected that you’ll be the first person to break and declare that you’re ordering a dessert. I don’t even want a desert. You can fuck off and eat a dessert but personally, I’m full. You bitch.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


6. You can’t borrow clothes from your skinny ass friends

Anyone else would easily be able to borrow clothes from their friends. However, it only takes one occasion on which you try on what feels like all of one of your friend’s clothes for you to know that actually, your body shapes are far too different. Lesson learned.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


7. Being called thick

The word “thick” means stupid. Don’t call me thick.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


8. People are surprised that you work out

Naturally, people do try and hide their surprise when you tell them that you exercise at least twice a week, but they don’t seem to try hard enough. Not at all.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


9. The phrase “big boned”

This phrase will have been plaguing you since puberty and although patronising and insulting, somehow people still manage to slip it in here and there.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


10. What looked modest on a mannequin makes you look like a super slut

Going to a festival this summer? Get yourself some jean shorts to stay cool and look cool! Oh wait, I look like a whore. Maybe I’ll just buy this skirt and this decency-covering top. Oh nope it’s too low cut for me and my decency is on show. Again.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


11. Clothes shops which just don’t cater to your curves

Too baggy in some areas and too tight in others, clothes shops seem to have come together and unanimously decided that catering to your body shame would be too great a financial risk. You subsequently spend all your time Googling how to dress yourself – something you should’ve learnt when you were a child.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand


12. The phrase “bubbly”

No matter what age, size or body shape you are, you should never let anyone describe you as “bubbly” without giving them a very firm slap. For those who’ve been hiding under a rock, the implication is that you’re basically a jolly fat woman. Ironically, hearing this phrase doesn’t make us very jolly.

12 Everyday Struggles Which Only Curvy Girls Will Understand

We may face many hurdles in life, but we soldier on nonetheless. And if you’re ever feeling down about the way you look, just be glad you’re not one of these ridiculously supersized animals.