Meghan Trainor is determined to bring down a prejudice that many Americans and Europeans face every day. Political correctness does not protect them. For more curvy women and larger people, size discrimination and body shaming are painful issues. Meghan talked about growing up with voluptuous curves in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“It’s hard growing up, especially for young curvy girls like me. I remember shopping at the mall… and all my friends would be the small, and I would be getting that L. I couldn’t even shop at particular stores.”
Meghan Trainor is not alone, as the majority of women cannot wear clothing from the most popular stores and brands. The fashion industry has chosen to ignore a segment of the market that happens to include the majority. The average size for women is 16 or 18 but sizes 14 to 22 are not available in many stylish and trendy clothing lines, and some are not available above size 8. Meghan is a size 12. It is just one of the ways women of average size are body shamed into believing normal is bad. Trainor has taken up the task of positive reinforcement for curvy women.
Meghan Trainor has been a voice for self-acceptance. She has devoted considerable time and energy to combating body shaming, so it was quite a shock to her when she realized her latest video had been retouched to accentuate her waistline. To top it off her new song, “Me Too” is an anthem of empowerment to help women facing size discrimination and body shaming. So how wrong is it that someone took it upon themselves to try to make Trainor look slimmer on the video? Meghan told USA Today, how the altered video made her feel.
“I saw fans posting it and was like, ‘Why are fans ruining my waist? Are you kidding?’ Then I went to the video and was like, ‘Oh my god.’ I texted the editors like, ‘I never asked you to touch my waist. I want my waist back.'”