The Internet is full of people. And people are full of opinions. And sometimes people confuse their personal opinions with facts. Like they think that their opinion that women who are 200+ pounds shouldn't wear something because they look terrible in it.
Well Sara Petty took issue with that particular opinion, so she decided to do something about it - win the argument the best way one can in the internet: with pics.
First, she searched twitter for the term 200 pounds bikini and then copied select tweets that say plus-sized women should never wear such a thing. Then she snapped a photo of her wearing a bikini.
The results speak for themselves.
Then she searched for "200 pounds crop top" and did the same thing.
"It was kind of scary because I knew I could possibly subject myself to a lot more body shaming and hate, but I knew there had to be some empowerment in being vulnerable and proving to myself that no one else's opinion of my weight matters. There is such a stigma around 200 pounds, unfortunately, as if it is some magic number that dictates when a woman can or can't be attractive." Sara said in an interview with Mic.
Sara also did a search for "200 pound booty shorts" and lo and behold.
After posting the pictures, Sarah got a massive amount of retweets and likes on twitter, as well as tons of positive comments, mostly from other supportive women.
"I've gotten my fair share of body-shamers and haters and the occasional crude sexual comment, but the responses have been overwhelmingly positive. Girls have said I inspired them to wear what outfits they would have been scared to wear or that they felt more confident in their bodies after seeing the tweet."
And even though Petty's post inspired other women out there to be more confident in their bodies, it ultimately was the most rewarding for her:
"The post helped me become a little bit more OK with seeing that number on the scale, and I hoped that it would help other girls, too," Petty said. "I hope that my post moved us just one step closer to being a society where girls can wear what they please without being afraid of ridicule."
Good for you, Sara.