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Plus-size model perfectly sums up the struggles of bikini shopping

If you break into a sweat just hearing the words “bikini shopping,” you’re not alone. Finding a two-piece suit with the perfect cut, coverage and support is no easy feat and the process can be especially frustrating for curvier women.

Sonny Turner, a model and body positivity blogger, is fed up with the limited bikini options available for plus-size shoppers. She recently took swimwear designers to task in a post about “the reality of shopping as a thick/plus size woman.”

THE REALITY OF SHOPPING AS A THICK/PLUS SIZE WOMAN. ‼️ changing rooms can be scary places. I am wearing the largest size from one of the most popular high street stores sells in bikinis which is 12-14. High street store bikinis do not cater for women of my body type. Majority of online stores don't either. NO ONE GETS IT so for any upcoming designers I got come tips for u BIG BREASTS NEED UNDERWIRE FOR SUPPORT FOR A YOUTHFUL LIFT WE NEED CUP SIZES THAT CORRELATE TO BRA SIZES AND THEY NEED TO GO PAST DD WE NEED CUPS THAT ACTUALLY COVER MORE THAN OUR NIPPLE WE NEED CUPS THAT BRING OUR BOOBS TOGETHER SO THERES NOT A MASSIVE GAP IN-BETWEEN THEM WE NEED STRAPS THAT AREN'T SO TIGHT ITS AS THOUGH OUR NECK IS ABOUT TO SNAP OFF WE NEED BIKINI BOTTOMS THAT DONT GIVE IS WEDGIES WHEN WE WALK WE NEED STRING BIKINIS THAT DONT EXPOSE OUR VAGINA LIPS WE NEED SWIMSUITS THAT FIT OVER OUR HIPS WITHOUT DRAGGING THE NECK OF THE COSTUME DOWN CAUSING NECK ACHE WE DESERVE MORE CHOICE IN THE SELECTION FOR OUR BODY TYPE THAT ISN'T JUST THE GENERIC BLACK SWIMSUIT WITH A KIMONO YES BELIEVE IT OR NOT , SOME OF US ACTUALLY WANT A THONG BIKINI , THE WHOLE SELECTION DOESN'T HAVE TO BE HIGHWAISTED WE'RE GONNA NEED YOU TO STOP USING MODELS WITH FAKE BOOBS THAT AREN'T A REAL DEPICTION OF WHAT THE BRA WOULD LOOK LIKE ON OUR REAL DROOPY ONES ITS NOT FAIR THAT WE CANT WALK WEAR CUTE SWIMWEAR JUST BC WE ARE BUILT DIFFERENTLY. WE DESERVE TO WALK INTO A STORE AND PAY £10 FOR A NICE BIKINI WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK AND OUR BODY CONFIDENCE. #everyBODYisbeautiful bottom line is: MAKE CLOTHES FOR ALL SIZE & BODIES.

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“Changing rooms can be scary places,” Turner, who is based in London, captioned a series of dressing room selfies on Instagram. She said the two-piece she was trying on was the largest size available at one shop. “High street store bikinis do not cater for women of my body type. Majority of online stores don't either.”

Turner, 19, decided to give designers some tips for making swimsuits for plus-size women.

“Big breasts need underwire for support for a youthful lift. We need cup sizes that correlate to bra sizes and they need to go past DD,” she wrote. “We need straps that aren’t so tight it’s as though our neck is about to snap off. We need bikini bottoms that don’t give (us) wedgies when we walk.”

Turner also blasted brands that offer limited style options for curvy women.

“We deserve more choice in the selection for our body type that isn’t just the generic black swimsuit with a kimono,” she wrote. “Yes believe it or not, some of us actually want a thong bikini, the whole selection doesn’t have to be high-waisted.”

Her passionate list of demands struck a chord with thousands of women, who have been flooding her post with comments like “PREACH” and “THIS IS SO TRUE.”

This isn’t the first time Turner has spoken up about swimsuits and body positivity. In another recent post, she offered her two tips for achieving a beach-ready body.

“Put a swimsuit or bikini on," she wrote as the first tip. Her second tip: "That’s it.”

Turner added, “You don’t need to lose weight in order to have a ‘bikini body.’” Bottom line, Turner says, every body is a bikini body and it's time for swimsuit designers to recognize that.

“It’s not fair that we can’t … wear cute swimwear just because we are built differently,” she wrote. “Make clothes for all (sizes).”

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