"Being young and having big boobs. In some ways its a little bit scary, especially with older men."
That's just one of the many things model Georgia Pratt (and other plus-size women or women with larger breasts) has had to deal with growing up. In a sit down with StyleLikeU, a movement dedicated to finding out "What's Underneath" by actually having people strip down during their interview, the New Zealander-turned-New Yorker signed by Muse Models NYC among others explains the struggles she faced with body image — not necessarily coming from herself, but with how others view larger-chested women.
“Having massive boobs at 17 made me feel excluded from certain situations," she recalls. "I wasn’t sure how I felt about them or what I should do with them.”
She remembers being the "girl with the big boobs" and feeling that men were only interested in her (or not interested in her) because of her chest. And as stated above, it can become uncomfortable. When she's uncomfortable, she doesn't stand up for herself.
"I did have a guy come up to me on the street and put his hands around me once," she said, her jacket off.
Women's bodies are sexualized as is, but being looked at with a "male gaze" simply because of your DNA can seriously hurt self-esteem.
She says her biggest struggle was allowing people to see that she's insecure about her breasts. But modeling has helped her to speak up.
"I used to not voice how I felt because I didn't want to be a pain or cause drama, but sharing the stuff that's inside of you is the real healing."
Pratt joins a group of women who are standing up for themselves and their bodies.
The team over at ModCloth, a women's clothing brand, all wore the same swimsuit in different sizes to show that beauty and feeling good in clothes isn't limited to one certain size. Blogger Jes M. Baker confronted Lane Bryant CEO about the #ImNoAngel campaign with her own body-positive message to show that there's more than one kind of "plus-size," too.
Each prove that loving every part of yourself, even if those parts make you stand out, is all that matters.