ByMary Cabilin, writer at
English enthusiast and adventure chaser
Mary Cabilin

Brandy Melville is known for its cute LA girl aesthetic and its exposure from various amounts of famous celebrities. Of course, Kylie Jenner looks adorable in Brandy's halter tops, but have you considered Brandy's sizing? Brandy's measurement scales ranges to "one size fits all". Do you hear the abundance of laughter from girls who don't fit a size 00-2? Brandy, your sizing is as worse as a child's knock-knock jokes, yet many people don't see this sizing chart being a problem. Don't fall for the facade Brandy decides to paint over their demeaning brand, their crop tops don't speak the entire truth.

Many people may argue with "Then, don't shop at brandy if those clothes don't fit you!" or "Maybe Brandy isn't the fit for you, there's other stores out here too you know?" Regardless of people suggesting to shop somewhere else, how could you not shop at Brandy? Being one of the most promoted clothing stores around America, every teenager who's attracted to the clever crop tops Brandy sells are willing to purchase from the store. However, customers don't understand how damaging this "one size fits all" mentality people can consume from Brandy. Its ridiculous people can create a mentality off from clothing right? Well, living in the society where everyone prefers a tight body with toned abs hallowed with thigh gaps, it's obvious that an outlook of a teenager can be disoriented with society's standards.

Seeing Brandy's Instagram comments, you'll see a fleeing amount of teenage girls tagging their best friends in hopes they can recreate the outfit or the image being posted, yet if you actually scroll through their comment sections some girls complain how their clothes don't fit everyone. That should be a concern everyone should pay attention to; knowing that having one size is nearly impossible to exist when clothes are supposed to fit every body type. Having "one size fits all" can annihilate a teenager's confidence, but create a fatuous and obsessive idea that being skinny is preferable having to abhor the elegant bodies teenagers or young adults have grown into. Our mothers didn't give us life upon earth for us to hate our bodies of art just so we could be more suitable for society, when we are worth every treasure the world has to offer. It's unfair how the slim fit beauties get to spin their brandy dress while for those beauties whose skin feels tight needing to itch for comfort, they'll twirl in front of the mirror wishing their bodies could at least fit a dress.

"It's not that serious", Is it not really that serious? How Brandy Melville enhances body dysmorphia? According to National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Women are much more likely than men to develop an eating disorder. Only an estimated 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male or an estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent of women suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime, having research suggests that about 1 percent of female adolescents have anorexia. Body dysmorphia is just a big word for a mental illness in which you can't stop thinking about a flaw in your appearance — a flaw that is either minor or imagined. But to you, your appearance seems so shameful that you don't want to be seen by anyone. Now, think about it, if Brandy promotes one size fits all wouldn't the company damage a generation of uprising confident young women? As stated in National Eating Disorder Association, more than 50 percent of teenage girls use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting and taking laxatives. Knowing that most teenage girls will go up to any extent just to reach society's norm standard, Brandy's sizing measurement is toxic. It's not "rad" to develop an unhealthy mindset for teenage girls nor is it "gnarly" to produce a deleterious body image for young people around the world. Keep chewing your bubble gum Brandy, but that bluff and bubble won't last long.

Others may also say "With one size, it's easier to shop!", however every women are created in many shapes and sizes. Even if it is trouble-free to shop with one size, sizes 00-2 are not compatible in the melting pot of weights in America. Sure, the girls who fits Brandy's clothes may oppose with my opinion defending Brandy's appealing outfits; setting a realistic mentality, one size will not fit everyone. An average American women sizing chart ranges from sizes 2-16 (and higher). Clothes are supposed to cater every body type than to exclude them from having to feel comfort in their skin. "What if that's Brandy's aesthetic? To just fit a certain size and not everyone?" or "This store isn't made for everyone", if a store isn't made or is available for everyone, why bother to shop there? Is it the cute clothes they sell? Or the ideal image that people want to chase for the "perfect Brandy Girl?" Without setting the sizes in different ranges; wouldn't it avert the idea of having positive body image? This article may not be the first one to discuss Brandy's hyping body dysmorphia, but if Brandy did care for others they would have instantly changed the sizes, or kept in consideration that there are other body types than those who fit 00-2. Then what's the point of writing? To write is to project the voices of the silenced, for those whose voices cannot be heard unless if you asked them to speak louder, for those whose opinions are washed over the wave of insensitivity, and for those who search validation that their bodies are enough to suffice; To write this article is to represent the voices that are hushed by the girls who fit every Coachella outfit inspired Brandy sets out or the ones that are being ignored since they cannot "grasp" society's standards of beauty.

Knowing Brandy's Italian roots no one is ever certain why Brandy wanted to join in the "one size fits all" wagon, maybe it's the European standard they carry, or how they just want to be exclusive. Despite Brandy's reasoning, they should keep in mind that with the sizing they obtain, they'll definitely get attacked. As a brand being commercialized in America, you'll see different sizes and shapes that frolic down the streets. Yet living in a society where self-loathing is as popular as Instagramming your favorite meal, we don't need stores like Brandy who'll assail the confidence and mind sets of teenage girls and young women. Stores like Forever21 and H&M has diversified their sizes from an extra small to an extra-large. Forever21 and H&M have ignited the idea of positive body image but for women of all ages to accept their body types. If Brandy decided to take a big leap just like Forever21 and H&M have done, imagine how many happy girls would pirouette together in the clothes they feel comfortable in? Thus, as noted this article is opinionated, which means you are not entitled to agree with everything that has been written or even stop shopping at Brandy. After taking my opinions into consideration, there's bits of hope in me that people's perspective and opinions would shift after listening to a different side. How a positive body image is crucial to promote in a generation where every girl would feel the need to satisfy the vile standards society upholds. Maybe it's not just about how a crop top looks or how their Belle slip dresses dances as a gush of wind enters the empty space; maybe it's about how clothes that do not fit everyone can damage girls who cannot fit in it entirely or how some of the clothing could show awkward areas of their bodies. Maybe it's the idea of accepting different body types than to debar the versatile body types America has.

"You're only a teenager", age does not defy maturity nor determine the capacity of someone's comprehension. People need to perceive that many young minds can detect society's flaws and how some of us are not shy to let our voices be heard. Age gives you perspective, on the contemporaneous and changing topics teenagers may have to deal with. To be a teenager, no one ever said it was wrong to voice out our opinions.


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