This Instagram Account Was Created For Fat Girls Who Love To Wear Crop Tops And We’re All For It

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“Fat girls can’t wear colorful clothes.” “Fat girls can’t wear short-sleeved shirts.” “Fat girls can’t show their thighs.” “Fat girls can’t wear crop tops.”

There are countless fashion rules telling women of size what, and what not, to don on their bodies so that they are able to shrink themselves enough to, hopefully, go unnoticed. In New York, Andrayah Del Rosario is calling these big girl style demands what they are: insulting and oppressive. She is breaking the rules and encouraging other fat women to join her in rebellion through her digital revolution, Fat Girls Wear Crop Tops Too.

“I really wanted to create a space for women who are not afraid to identify as fat, not afraid to be themselves and take up space and just give us, because I include myself in this, give us a space to relish in our beauty and newfound comfort of showing up and taking up space and not being afraid to put ourselves out there,” the Colombian-mexicana told FIERCE.

Fat Girls Wear Crop Tops Too was born right before heading to a music festival on a blistering summer day in New York two years ago.

The Queens-raised, Brooklyn-living Del Rosario was headed to a music festival, and like most femmes who are getting ready to spend an entire day baking under the sun, she needed her outfit to be both chic and light. Inspired by plus-size models and influencers on Tumblr, like Nadia Aboulhosn and Gabifresh, she wore a belly-revealing top. Feeling confident in her look, she created and used the hashtag #FatGirlsWearCropTopsToo on a photo, which developed into an Instagram account this May.

The page is filled with striking images of mostly Black and brown women of size in modish crops tops and two-piece bathing suits with vibrant fat-positive art and quotes sprinkled throughout.

“These women, people, on the page are confident, coming into themselves, and they’re not afraid,” Del Rosario, 27, tells me of the women who use her hashtag and are then featured on her account. “That’s the biggest thing: they’re not afraid. This doesn’t mean that we aren’t still learning and unlearning, but it means we are coming into ourselves.”

While most body positive platforms predominantly display women of size who still adhere to beauty ideals like big breasts, thick backsides and smaller waists and arms, Del Rosario is intentional about using Fat Girls Wear Crop Tops Too to highlight fat women who exist outside this standard — not because the former isn’t beautiful, she stresses, but rather because the latter remains less represented and less likely to be considered attractive or sexy by mainstream media.

While Del Rosario doesn’t believe Fat Girls Wear Crop Tops Too, or spaces like it, will eradicate fatphobia overnight, she does hope that it ignites personal revolutions by empowering women to resist and retire fat girl rules. 

After all, she says, relinquishing ideas of what she could and could not do — including with her dress code — is what has allowed her to live a joyous and purposeful life.

“If I wasn’t so adamant about putting myself out there, about taking up space, about intentionally doing that, I would still be this super low self-esteem, low-confidence girl,” she said. “I personally would still be looking for validation and affirmation in places other than myself, so I think, for me, personally, resisting has been a way to not just get out of my comfort zone but become who I was meant to be: a radical activist who is not afraid to speak their mind and to make a real change.”

Dressed in her favorite pink Forever 21 crop top, she says, is when she feels most like herself, most like the person she wanted to be growing up, someone who belongs and who is confidently taking on the world.

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