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What’s in a word

Of all the words out there, few conjure up as many emotions as “skinny.” When I hear it, my very first thought is always skinny jeans—every curvy, plus-sized girl’s fashion nightmare. My calves have always been so big that I could never get tight denim up to my knees, let alone my hips. But the other day, as I was trying on clothes for my most recent SHAPE photo shoot, I glanced at the label of a pair of pants I loved and saw that they were labeled as having a “skinny cut.” I couldn’t believe it! Suddenly the word went from a place of shame to one of pride. I’m curious though, what does the word “skinny” mean to you? Does it bring up positive or negative feelings?

 

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