Tess Holliday has spent much of 2016 spreading awareness about what it’s like to navigate the world as a plus-size woman. She’s called out fat shamers, exposed Facebook’s horrid treatment of larger women, and championed breastfeeding as a viable option for women of size.
Now, the size-22 model and People magazine cover star is highlighting an all-too-familiar struggle for plus-size women: those teeny “one-size-fits-all” robes that spas, hotels, and gyms love providing women patrons.
On December 21, Holliday posted an Instagram photo of herself wearing a robe that didn’t tie closed.
Her enlightening caption said it all: “I’m so glad they had a robe my size,” she wrote. She also hashtagged the photo #onesizehardlyfitsanyone.
Her struggle immediately resonated with fellow plus-size women. They flooded her Instagram post with their own stories.
Many plus-size women always have to worry about simpler things, like whether or not the robe will fit, while trying to relax.
CeCe Olisa, who blogs at Plus Size Princess, detailed this struggle in a 2011 post. When planning her trip to a New York spa, Olisa worried most about the robe not fitting her larger body:
I was a bit nervous about spending the day in a bathrobe. Every time I’d seen girls doing a spa day on TV or in magazines, they lounged around in luxurious white bathrobes laughing and sipping champagne in between treatments. What if the robes didn’t fit me? I had awkward visions of me tiptoeing from room to room half naked, trying hopelessly to pull a robe around me (kind of like the towels at the gym). That image just wasn’t cute or relaxing. Staying two steps ahead, I decided to bring my white cover-up so that I’d have something in my size.
Thankfully, Olisa’s chosen spa had plus-size robes, but why don’t many other spas, gyms, and hotels invest in them?Pampering shouldn’t just be reserved for smaller women. Plus-size women deserve to be comfortable in spas and hotels too. Wrapping our bodies in robes that actually fit is a small gesture that clearly goes a long way.