An unlikely body positivity icon

You may or may have not heard of the #RocktheCrop thing. There are only a few thousand photos under this tag on Instagram, so you probably haven’t.

Here’s the story. In an issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, there was an article that was a style Q&A.
One of the questions asked was “Can I pull off a crop top?” The author of the article, creative director Adam Glassman, answered, “If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one.”
This clearly pissed a lot of people off. Like, a lot of people. Women who did not necessarily have these “flat stomachs” responded by posting pictures of them in crop tops, looking great. Like I said, some have used the hashtag RocktheCrop.

If you want to know where I stand on this issue, I feel that anyone can wear whatever the hell they want, regardless of what anyone says. Whether the person telling them is a fashion expert or their significant other, what they where is up to them, unless you’re a teen under your parents’ rule. That’s another story.

However, larger people were wearing things that society didn’t expect to look good on them long long LONG before it became popular to do so.

There’s Meghan Trainor, Adele, Crystal Renn, Leslie Hall, me, and, most importantly, someone who has done it all. This someone has broken down television, movie, and even literary stereotypes of curvy people, become an icon, and basically slayed everything.

I’m talking about Winnie the Pooh.

Yes, Winnie the Pooh! The little yellow bear who was probably on at least one of your childhood pajamas- whether you liked him or not.

I was certainly obsessed. Many of my toys were Winnie the Pooh-themed, my birthday cake for like 2 years had Winnie the Pooh cake toppers on them, all my nice dresses had Winnie the Pooh on them. I was such a fangirl.

Anyways, you may not have noticed, but Winnie the Pooh wears a crop top-and he’s certainly not a twig! He’s a full-grown cartoon bear with a normal cartoon bear body.

 

Photo courtesy allfreevectors.com

You see, cartoon characters of your childhood couldn’t care less about their body fat, as long as they’re comfortable, so you should be too.

If we all had Winnie the Pooh’s body confidence, #DroptheCrop wouldn’t have to be a thing. Therapists wouldn’t have to specialize in eating disorder counseling. I wouldn’t be writing this blog. Which would actually kind of suck, but that’s not the point.

So if society tells you that you can’t wear a crop top, give them the middle finger by painting yourself yellow and rocking the iconic red top. Or you can hold a Pooh stuffed animal, you know, to prove a point.

Or just say, “Well, look at Winnie the Pooh. He became an international icon because he wore a crop top even though his stomach wasn’t ‘flat.’ That’s bound to get you less side-eyes than the other ideas.

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