Oh yes, take my word for it; the majority of models in the actual catalogue are a UK size 12 at the very most. In fact, I'd put many of them in a size 10, after they'd polished off steak, chips and hot chocolate fudge cake. Which makes the curvaceous in our midst wonder if indeed any of the clothes will suit at all. Granted, there are some lovely outfits and accessories, albeit a little pricey in my humble opinion, and if I were a size 12 I would be happy to browse through and write myself a list of item numbers. But how on earth is it possible to visualise yourself as a size 16 (there's my secret) in an outfit worn by an early 20-something, slim model who is able to carry it off to perfection? My boobs are more Dolly Parton than Kate Moss, my legs are more tree trunk than stick insect and my curves are more Michelin tyre than drainpipe - type. So I buy an outfit that I've seen a 20 year old stick insect wearing, get it home and it makes me look totally ridiculous. Easy enough to return it I guess, but why do these catalogue companies do this? It's misleading the customer and making bigger women feel out of place. What's really rattled my cage about this is how I feel I have been misled by the television advert in so far as the catalogue would indeed portray the larger model showing off clothes for the larger lady, which in reality, just isn't the case. Yes, I do want to be slimmer. Yes, I am overweight. And yes, I am doing something about it. But women come in all shapes and sizes. Including my well-endowed size 16, as my mother likes to point out.
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