Katie Sturino is not the kind of influencer who just takes pretty pictures in stylish outfits that make you want to rethink your wardrobe. While she does do a lot of that, after all she is the founder of The 12-ish Style, a blog where she recreates celebrity outfits in sizes 12 and up. She’s also very vocal about representation, size inclusivity and holding the clothing industry accountable for not making clothes that fit the majority of the population—the average clothing size of an American woman is between 16 to 18.
Now, Sturino is tackling the way we celebrate celebrities who’ve undergone a recent weight loss transformation. In an Instagram Reel, the blogger shared how the media coverage about Adele’s recent weight loss is getting it all wrong. “How great is Adele?” she writes. “I LOVE HER! And I loved her before. And I love her now…the fact that we obsess over weight and diet is the thing I’m here protesting.”
What Sturino is referring to, is championing weight loss as if it is a good thing to be thin and a bad thing to be anything other than that. While we might all collectively marvel at Adele’s new figure and say, “Wow, doesn’t she look amazing?,” what the blogger says we are actually doing is reinforcing a damaging notion to women who struggle with their weight—you aren’t good enough until you’ve shed the extra pounds.
“Ultimately, her images will just be used to keep women in a cycle of dieting and in pursuit of ‘thin’ which they will so rarely ever get to, even when a desired weight is reach, BECAUSE THERE IS NO DESTINATION WHEN IT COMES TO SIZE!!!”
The point Sturino is making is, what happens to our bodies and what size we are can change over time and from year to year—it truly is a lifelong journey. Our metabolisms change as we get older, certain medications can lead to weight gain and outside stressors can affect which coping mechanism we employ, like this entire year for instance. Adele may not stay this size forever and there is nothing wrong with that.
As Sturino points out in her video, another faux pas is making assumptions about Adele’s particular diet and her subsequent weight loss. She reminds us that while talking about it isn’t necessarily wrong, the way we have the conversation matters. And if she had her way, the blogger hopes we can get past the newsy stories about celebs reaching their goal weight: “I know that celebrity stories sell papers but there is so much more to write about then ‘slim downs’ and ‘diets’. It’s a cycle that is harmful to our brains and bodies. #WeightIsntNews”