You may have heard that Marilyn Monroe wore a size 16, which may have been true - but in reality, her size 16 was actually more like a size 8 by modern standards. "Vanity sizing," or creating sizes that are larger but with a smaller number attached, has become a common practice in today's fashion industry. In fact, it's why the "double zero" size was born - if people want to feel "thin," might as well put them in a size that isn't even a real number.
Here, The Washington Post shows just how much sizes have changed over the years:Vanity sizing is just more proof that our society has a seriously messed up view of our bodies. We shouldn't aim to be the smallest size on any chart: we should aim to treat our bodies well so that they can carry us through whatever life's adventures await.
Next time you're out shopping, grab a few sizes, and pick the one that fits best. As this chart proves, size really is just a number.
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