A few things you should know before you read this:
1.) I’m writing to you from Paris, where I’m support the US Women’s National Soccer team in the world cup. More on that here.
2.) I make plus size workout videos
3.) I’ve lost over 100 pounds… and I’m still fat.
A few years ago, Jen Carson got on the internet and said that fat women didn’t belong in the fitness space, I shared what happened to me and this post went viral.
This week, Tanya Gold saw a plus size mannequin at the Nike store and had a full meltdown, which she poured into her article for the guardian. When I read her words I laughed, got irritated, then I opened my laptop and started writing this post
I’ve been thinking all morning about what I should say about Tanya’s Tantrum that big girls are getting decent workout clothes now too and it’s not just for skinny people. I’ve got some options:
I could take time today to explain that women of all sizes are active and fit.
I could say that I work out because I love my body not because I hate my body.
I could even talk about my 5K, my hiking, my swimming, my soul cycle, my orange theory but as I read the comments on social media, you guys are already doing a great job snatching Tanya Gold’s wig and showing her that big girls DO work out. Sincle you’ve got that covered, I’ll focus on something else:
I’m going to tell you the truth about the Nike Plus Size Mannequin.
When a plus size Nike mannequin shows up in a store, it’s not an accident. There are so many people at Nike corporate who had to approve the size, shape and use of that body type in a Nike store. Nike could have said no to the idea of strong plus size representation in their stores… instead, they said yes.
The reason there is a plus size Nike mannequin for us to debate over is because Nike is (finally) working to serve plus size women.
As a Nike ambassador (Yup, this fat girl is a Nike ambassador. More on that here.) I’ve been able to speak on our behalf and share that there are plus size nike mannequins all over the world. They look like me, they look like us, they look like 67% of American women.
The point isn’t about our health, or a war on obesity (eye roll), it’s about finding a sports bra that will hold my boobs down while I’m throwing punches in a boxing class. It’s about finding leggings that won’t roll down while I’m doing tap backs in soul cycle.
It’s about making sure that if anyone over a size 14 decides that she wants some cute workout clothes, she can have them.
So, when it comes to Tanya Gold and her intense fat phobia I don’t have anything to say to her. Instead I’ll speak to you and say that with your help, brands like Nike are starting to listen and serve plus size women.
I prefer to buy clothes from brands who see plus size women and decide to serve us… I’ve added Nike to that list.
Click the arrows to see the best plus size nike items I’ve tried so far. For reference, I’m a size 18 on bottom and a size 14/16 on top:
Nike Pro Plus Size Leggings
Nike Plus Size Leggings always look small to me when I hold them up, but when I put them on they fit like a glove. If you’re concerned about the waist rolling down, look for a pair with a draw string in the waist too.