Lexie Manion is a proud size 24. Her best friend Colleen is a size 12. So when the two best friends were invited to the NYC premiere of the documentary “Fattitude” — a film that aims to shift the narrative surrounding people who live in “fat bodies” by examining the consequences of rampant fat-shaming — they decided to put the theory to the test.
“As soon as we knew we were both going (to the premiere), we wanted to plan what we were wearing,” wrote Manion in an Instagram post. “At one point in our conversation, I said ‘What if we wear the same outfit? So we can show that fat women and thin women can wear the same styles and both look great.’ We immediately decided it was a good idea and started searching online for the same dress!”
The two understood that two people wearing the same outfit to an even is generally seen as embarrassing — but the looked at it from another angle.
“Often we are told that people of different body types can’t rock the same styles – that certain styles are only flattering on certain bodies. We wanted to challenge that idea. We wanted to show that while Colleen’s size 12 and my size 24 are different in number, they shouldn’t have to be different in what styles are worn! We both can (and will!) rock what we want and we won’t be ashamed or embarrassed.”
No word as to how Friday’s premiere went, but the post received more than 5,000 likes and dozens of supportive comments.
“I love these pics, you’re both stunning!” wrote one admirer, while another gushed: “A photo that displays not just an adorable friendship, but also a photo that conveys a positive meaning in it.”
“Me and my sis always buy the same styles,” another fan wrote, hinting how it doesn’t deter the two from shopping for particular clothing. “She’s slimmer than me, and we both rock our outfits.”