This Woman's Dressing Room Anxiety is Completely Relatable
The body-positive coach recounts a recent shopping trip in a viral Instagram post.
There's no denying that we've all had some not-so-fun experiences while trying on new clothes. You find an outfit you absolutely love, but by the time you step into the fitting room, all the excitement disappears. Thanks to a door (or curtain) that doesn't shut properly, horrible lighting, and mirrors fit for a fun house, shopping can be a really horrible experience. And no one knows that better than life coach and body positive advocate Jessica Pack.
This weekend, the 26-year-old opened up on Instagram and shared how she fought negative thoughts about her body while doing some Black Friday shopping. Even though she started by obsessing over her overtly visible "flaws" and "imperfections," rather than letting them bring her down, she decided to show them off.
"So today was an unsuccessful shopping day. Nothing fit. Terrible dressing room lighting made me feel lumpy and squishier than normal," she wrote in her caption. "I might not be where I want to be, but I refuse to let a bad shopping experience lower my self esteem and worth because I know I've worked hard and continually fight everyday to be better than those demons."
Instead, Pack put on an outfit she knew she could rock the hell out of, in her case, a crop top and shorts that put her natural and normal cellulite on display. "Your worth and value and meaning to society is not determined by the texture and look of your thighs or tummy," she says. "I refuse to let something as common and as silly as cellulite make me feel less of myself. I refuse to let a size or terrible fit of pants make me think I haven't been trying hard enough or that I'm still where I started. You are so much more than what you look like or what pant size you are."
Pack's empowering and extremely relatable message definitely struck a chord with many and has already received over 12,000 likes. Not only that but thousands of commenters have thanked her for reminding them that they are beautiful despite their perceived imperfections. Now that's something we can all get behind.