Seriously, if you don't have Gates or Hilton or Lim (of Goh Tong fame) as a last name, think twice before you sink your teeth into that deliriously creamy looking brownie from The Coffee Bean.
The reason why I'm saying this is because about a month ago I was over at Giordano shopping for a new pair of khaki pants. They were having a 70% promotion or something back then. But guess what? The largest size on promotion that they have is 28. And let's just say that I'm not *clears throat* exactly a size 28.
During my exams last November I put on a substantial amount of weight. It was a tumultuous time where a generous supply of Secret Recipe's cakes accompanies my reading of the photophosphorylation process and the various types of esters.
I gained about 5kgs in just a month. And I didn't bother to really lose them because I had this thinking that "Fuck who cares? As long as I can fit into my clothes from last year's Chinese New Year (albeit the fact that they were tight around the edges and I can no longer fit into my favourite pair of jeans) I'm happy."
But I was just deluding myself you see. And this little I-can't-get-an-item-on-promotion-because-I'm-not-a-size-28 incident really put things in perspective for me.
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Kate Moss was once criticized for saying this:
"Nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels..."
She was lambasted for shedding a negative image on the perception of body image. But I would just like to post this question to you optimistic people; Was what that Miss Moss said very far from the truth?
The media and society goes on and on about how body image is not about everything in life. Sure Vogue Australia might feature more voluptuous models. But it is really in a superficial light that even borders on being hypocritical when you can't get a freaking 70% mark down just because you're not small enough.
Okay, let's just bring this discount dilemma down a notch. Try walking in to a Marks & Spencer store and note how much floor space they accommodate for women with a voluptuous figure. And to think that half of the world population out there does not have a body like Kate Moss and Robert Pattinson (sorry he is the only skinny bastard *cough* with painted abs *cough* that I could think of from the top of my head)..
You see, we not-so-skinny people are not exactly the minority here. So why only one-twelfth of the floor space at Marks & Spencer and marked down prices for only a size 28?
I recently extracted my wisdom tooth and had to go on a soft-food diet for about two weeks. In a way, its kind of a blessing in disguise because I shed some weight and went down 5 sizes.
However, the truth remains that I'm not a size 28 and neither do I think I'll ever be and want to be a size 28. But I'm not exactly rich either. And like I said, the poor can't afford to be fat.
In this particular scenario, to misquote Fiona Apple; hunger hurts but starving works.
I'm not asking for much. All I'm asking is for a bigger floor space at Marks & Spencer for all the voluptuous women out there and a promotional tag price for sizes above 30 at Giordano.