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

There are endless fashion rules for fat women on what and what not to don so that they are able to shrink themselves enough to, hopefully, go unnoticed.

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In New York, Andrayah Del Rosario is calling these big girl style demands what they are: insulting and oppressive. She is breaking these made-up 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 — 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 summer day in New York. 

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.

The page is filled with striking images of mostly Black and Brown women of size who confidently rock crop tops and two-piece swimsuits.

“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.”

Del Rosario makes sure she doesn’t only highlight women who display the plus-sized hourglass figure that beauty brands only feature.

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

Del Rosario doesn’t believe Fat Girls Wear Crop Tops Too, or spaces like it will eradicate fatphobia overnight, she hopes it ignites personal revolutions.

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Del Rosario 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.

Here is another look at some of the platforms best looks:

Wrapped in cultura and a whole lot of confidence, @fatgirlswearcroptopstoo features @xipi.teca’s work on her page.

Her reposts are a reminder to self-care.

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And of course to love every curve and bump and ripple and curve.

This is a platform for women of size to also source ootd inspo.

@fatgirlswearcroptopstoo / Instagram

This is your one-stop-shop for self-care tips, encouragement and fashion advice. It’s like therapy without the bill.

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