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  To All the Tantrums I’ve Thrown in Fitting Rooms Before

To All the Tantrums I’ve Thrown in Fitting Rooms Before

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Growing up, I was always being called la gordita (the chubby girl). And while I know it’s used as a term of endearment in my culture, it still leaves an unsettling feeling, especially at such a young age. I’ve always struggled with accepting my body and truly loving myself, which made shopping for clothes both my favorite and most dreaded activity. I have always loved fashion and putting together new pieces to create outfits, but to this day, I still get very anxious about going into fitting rooms. It’s an ongoing process, but at least I’ve stopped throwing tantrums. #progress

Running Into An Old Frenemy… Again and Again

I’m a lover of fashion:

colors, patterns, textures,

all astounding how they come to play.

I love spending hours

looking through tight racks overflowing

with every piece imaginable.

I love conjuring pieces in my head

imagining they’ll mold onto the perfect fit

for my body.

And through all this love I have,


Fitting Room remains my worst enemy.  

Fitting Room has always been that friend I try to love,

but in reality, she’s just toxic.

Yet, I keep running into her.  

Always making me think I should be a different version of myself,

Always whispering I would look better if I was maybe just a size smaller,

Always taunting me to the verge of tears.

She succeeds.

Each time I step into a fitting room,

while I wait for the attendant to unlock the door to my dungeon,

I can already feel myself begin to sweat,

before the fluorescent lights even begin to shine upon me.

(I mean do you really have to make them so bright?)

I see myself reflected back at me on the mirror,

and I immediately begin to point out what I see as flaws:

thighs are too wide, too flat chested, stomach not flat enough.

At that time, I began to cry.

But that was then.

Now, I walk into a conversation with Fitting Room

feeling anxious, but not defeated.

I walk in ready to find what I feel great in,

ready to put together my greatest creation.

I still struggle. I still find imperfections.

But the first thing I see,

is my smile.

Happy to be here. Ready to take on this challenge.

Now I say,

Hi Fitting Room, nice to meet you.

I’m here to feel great.

By Melanie Rodriguez

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