Being a Latina with big bubis, tetas, chachas, or however you want to call them is not easy… and trying to find a bra that resembles anything but two fabric costales is even harder.
Latina’s with bubis size DD or larger know the stress is legit when trying to find something sexy, comfortable and durable — did we say sexy? Yup, let’s be real, all big-chested Latinas can’t help but want to be and look sexy. Luckily, .Mic found Hips & Curves, Curvy Kate and Harlow & Fox, three brands that are making these kinds of bras available and explain why it’s so hard for other brands to do so.
“It requires years and years in technical skills,” Roisin Brodie from Hips & Curves said. Charlotte Davies, Curvy Kate’s head of design, adds “with regards to the cost, obviously the bigger size you go to, the more fabric per garment you are using.” And although the demand is big, it can be very costly to produce, which is why other brands have limited options.
But as Leanna Williams from Harlow & Fox put it: “We’re as complex and multifaceted as any woman of any other size, and we want to feel just as decadent and luxuriant when we feel like it.” So get to it Victoria’s Secret!
Read more about how these bras are becoming more popular here.
The sense of entitlement that many people hold and believe they can use to shame and police women’s bodies is ceaseless. From airlines kicking women of color off of planes for what they wear to school teachers shaming their students for wearing clothing that might affect boys, it seems women cannot get a break in even the most unassuming spheres of their lives.
Even when it comes to safe spaces like places of worship.
Recently, one woman took to Twitter to share a video she’d captured of another woman who had followed her into a bathroom to tell her she was too fat to wear shorts to a church event.
The video captured by a Twitter user who goes by the name of Jenna, depicts her discomfort and humiliation as a woman berates her in their church bathroom for wearing shorts.
“This [woman] followed me into the bathroom and attacked me calling me ‘fat’ and that I couldn’t wear jean shorts because I was too fat,” Jenna wrote in a post about the incident which also shared the video.
In the video, the woman can be heard telling Jenna that she is “chubby” and needs to wear clothing that covers her legs. “So you’re sitting here calling me fat?” Jenna asks the woman while filming. “Oh, you don’t think you are?” the woman responds
Through tears, Jenna tells the woman “I [redacted] love who I am. Get the [redacted] out of my face.”
Jenna also shared photos of herself in the outfit she had been wearing when she was verbally attacked.
Jenna later explained that the woman also approached her at a time when she was already affected by something upseting.
Jenna, who also explained that she deals with depression and anxiety, said that if the woman had approached her two years before when she was younger she might have committed an act of self-harm.
Fortunately, what started out as a horrific moment caught in the bathroom, launched a parade of plus-sized people sharing love and pictures of themselves loving their bodies on Twitter.
Women on Twitter reached out to Jenna with pictures of themselves wearing shorts and it was the sweetest thing.
Now THIS is just the kind of bathroom behavior we need from women.
Seriously more of this.
Thankfully, Jenna’s church did not let the woman go unpunished for targeting her.
Hopefully, this church leader takes this as a learning lesson. We have the right to free speech in this country and we should use that privilege to say things that are profound, enlightening and uplifting. Punto.
The surf, the sand, and the sun all make the beach to be the perfect habitat for summer fun. Yet, it isn’t just people who hit the beach at this time of year. When the weather gets warmer, turtles make their way onto beaches around the world to lay their eggs. It’s a dangerous yet necessary journey for these endangered animals. In coming to land, turtles are often manhandled and injured by cars, other wild animals and unnecessary human interference.
This can leave them with potentially life-threatening damage to their protective shells.
However, one animal shelter has discovered a brilliant way to rehabilitate these turtles and you can help them with this cause.
What the Wildthunder Sanctuary uses are the kind of clasps you find on bras, some swimwear, and certain lingerie. It may seem like a strange tool but it’s extremely effective. The rescuers gently glue the shells back together and then use the clasp method to make sure the shell stays put.
“We just kind of weave wire through the eyelets, and as time goes on you can make them tighter,” Keenan Freitas, one of the staff rehabilitators at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, explained to TODAY. “It’s pretty simple, it’s effective, and it works the best out of anything we’ve used.”
The response was immediate and the Wildthunder Sanctuary has been inundated with donations of bras.
As appreciated as the donations are, receiving whole bras kind of provides extra work for the rescuers. If you would like to donate your discarded clasps, please remove them from the bra BEFORE sending them to Wildthunder Sanctuary. If your bras are still wearable, sanctuaries ask that you donate them to a local women’s shelter instead. Donations of new clasps are also greatly appreciated and can be bought in bulk.
As the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue pointed out, they have more needs than just bra clasps.
They have set up an Amazon Wish List full of items that will assist in their further rescue of turtles, birds, and other local wildlife in need. You can also make a direct donation to the cause here. If you live in the area, consider volunteering as help is always needed.
The wildlife rescuers caution that if you find an injured animal — turtle or not — your first move should always be to contact a shelter or your local wildlife rescue. If you need to remove a turtle from the place you find it, be sure to write down the exact location. Turtles spend their whole lives in one territory and this protected species needs to be returned back to its habitat to continue its happy Tortuga life.
In response to the shared pics of rehabilitated turtles, Twitter and Facebook let out a collective “Awww.”
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While most comments ranged around praising the good work of these organizations, this Twitter user had a much cuter take of the whole situation. Sally Scott drew this adorable interpretation of a happy turtle in their brand new donated bra. It probably isn’t what the sanctuaries have in mind when they’re thinking about turtle support, but this is a look we can totally get behind.
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