Bianca Dye has always been one to be vocal about important causes, but now the radio host has come out and expressed her disappointment in a large unnamed retailer which does not stock size 14 jeans.
The star who has been open about her struggle with weight via her Instagram and on air, has penned an emotional piece for Courier Mail.
"There is no way I would consider myself skinny — but I’m not really big by any means," she opened her letter to fans.
"In fact for 43, I reckon I go all right. I dress pretty young for my age — skinny jeans and Converse sneakers are my norm — and when I’m out I often get twenty-something guys refusing to believe my age (or maybe they just want me to buy them a drink)."
The Brisbane-based radio presenter then goes on to admit that she's grown to be comfortable with her body. "What I’m saying is, for the first time in years, I’m loving my curves and finally respecting this temple of a body that has got me this far in life. It has endured many a heartache, heaps of needle jabs from numerous IVF rounds, the lemon detox diet, the Maccas at 3am diet, a miscarriage or two and enough alcohol to poison Trump’s hairpiece and yet here she stands (or sits, in a yoga pose, which is more usual these days)."
Before she explained the unfortunate situation she found herself in, "I went jean shopping this one fine day, I got quite the rude shock in discovering that one of our major retailers doesn’t want bodies like mine buying its clothes."
Describing it as a "traumatic shopping experience," Dye goes on to write she was in a store that had a "cult following", whereby she found herself struggling to fit into a size 12, then was told she needed a bigger size. In her own words, Dye writes: "Here’s where it gets interesting. Bambi (sales assistant) bounces back to tell me they don’t stock them.
“Um, you mean you have no more size 14 left in store,” I said. “Um no, we never got any in. Apparently we don’t stock size 14,” she said. Dye then asks whether they don’t stock them because this particular clothing company doesn’t make them. “We don’t stock that size. We only go up to a size 12 at this store”, the sales assistant replied, before adding, “the company does make size 14 and even 16 but we just don’t stock them”.
Dye shared her outrage by questioning, "Why? Because people who are size 14 are freaks? I was gobsmacked. I am not a large girl and if they are not stocking what fits me then they are really only housing fashion that fits the slim. I have a pretty good idea what that would be doing for the self esteem of thousands of young women who don’t have the benefit of enough years on this crazy planet to work out that it is, in fact, the store that’s in the wrong and they are not too ugly/fat to be shopping there."
Bye concluded her essay on a pivotal point, writing, "Young, impressionable and insecure minds who love this shop and want to wear their clothes can’t because they are not catered for here. Is this really where it’s at now?"
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