Body positive blogger proves size is just a number with striking Instagram

Nisean Lorde
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Photo via Instagram

A body positivity coach from the U.K. is living proof that clothing size is simply a number.

Michelle Elman, known as scarrednotscared on Instagram, says she recently found a dress in her closet that she purchased five years ago when she was a size 10 (U.K. size 12) and the dress was a size 12 (U.K. size 14). Today, Elman is a healthy size 18 (U.K. size 20) and she was still able to fit into the same dress.

“NUMBERS DON’T MEAN ANYTHING,” she wrote in a recent Instagram post that quickly went viral. “So are you really going to let a change in dress size dictate your day? Are you really going to let an increase in a number affect your mood?”

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“Same dress. Still comfortable. Still beautiful,” the 24-year-old says, noting that she thinks she looks better and feels happier now. “A higher dress size doesn’t mean you are less beautiful, you are less worthy, you are less lovable, you are a worse human, you are a bad person, you are a different person.”

Elman says that a higher-sized dress doesn’t even mean you have a bigger body since you could go up a dress size by simply changing stores, or countries.

“You can change dress sizes because of the time of the day or simply due to whether you are on your period or not.”

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If you look in your closet and you find it hard to find something to wear because of a change in clothing size, Elman has a “great solution” for you: “Throw out all clothes that don’t fit. Looking at your wardrobe shouldn’t be something that makes you feel insecure and sad so make sure everything in your wardrobe fits!”

“Numbers don’t matter,” she concludes. “Not the number on the back of your jeans, on the scale or even the number in your bank account. You are not a number.”

Elan’s 46,000+ followers praised the blogger for her candidness and it essentially encouraged others to share their clothing size stories:

“Had an experience like this the other day. I tried on a dress I bought when I wore a 16, I wear a 20 now but it fit well and looked lovely,” one woman commented. “Clothing size is so variable and unimportant! It’s not worth hurting your body to change it. Thank you so much for this post!”

In a recent video, Elman said that she grew up loving her body and enjoying everything about her body until she realized she was “different.” She has scars on her body from having 15 surgeries, including treatment for a brain tumour, a punctured intestine, obstructed bowel, a brain cyst , and hydrocephalus (i.e. “water on the brain).

“I have all the scars to show for it, I have scars from my ankles to my head.”

After baring her scars in a bikini photo last year, the blogger has embarked on a mission to help others love their bodies, no matter what their size.

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“To anyone that is struggling with body confidence, I tell them to just start somewhere,” she said. “Start realizing it’s possible to love your body – start realizing that it’s actually an option to live your life without insecurities and then start doing something about it.”

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