This Woman Tried on All Her Pants to Prove a Point About Body Image

December 16th 2016

Laura Donovan

If you needed any further proof that women's clothing sizes were totally inconsistent and confusing, then look no further than this image posted to Facebook by a woman in Kansas.

Deena Shoemaker, a mentor coach at non-profit group Youth Horizons, wrote on Saturday that she recently tried on her various pants sizes, ranging from five to 12, and realized they each fit her the exact same way. Shoemaker's post shows photos of each of the pants, with a caption that explains how the sizing inconsistency can be damaging to women's self perception.

Shoemaker wrote that this concerns her because she has worked with a lot of young girls who are insecure about their bodies.

Deena Shoemaker Facebook

Shoemaker wrote that it can be quite traumatic for women to think they've gone from a size nine to a size 16, which is considered "plus-size," despite also being the average size for women in the United States.

"[W]hen you resize a girl's pants from a 9 to a 16 and label it 'plus size,' how am I supposed to fight that? Photo manipulation is one thing but how do you expect me to convince her that the number printed inside her clothes is a lie too? How do you expect me to convince her that she doesn't need to skip dinner for the next month because her pant size didn't *actually* go up by seven digits? STOP telling my girls that a size 4 is the 'ideal body size' and the "epitome of beauty" if you're going to change a size 4 into an 8 or a 12 or whatever number you feel like on any given day."

Her post has been shared nearly 75,000 times:


Others have called out sizing inconsistency in the fashion industry.

Mallorie Carrington, who created the body positive clothing line SmartGlamour, told ATTN: in August 2015 that sizing inconsistency "makes shopping more tedious and confusing for some women," but she feels that such inconsistency is inevitable with mass manufacturing.

"This is why I stress so heavily that women become familiar with their shape, proportions, and measurements," Carrington previously told ATTN:. "If you know your bust, waist, and hip - you can check a size chart and see where you fall. You should also take into account the fabrication, its stretch, and the silhouette of the piece. We have to change the way we think about shopping and clothing and start demanding what we want and also learning how to get it for ourselves."

Carrington started a social media campaign called #SameSizeDifferentEyes last year to show that women can be the same size but look different in appearance. For her campaign, she photographed women wearing the same size clothing next to each other:

Same Size Different Eyes

Carrington told ATTN: that she wanted her campaign to show consumers that they don't need to have "an emotional attachment to size, because each size belongs to many different body types, none of which are better or worse than the next."

Read Shoemaker's post below:



[H/T Huffington Post]