Marie Southard Ospina, What's Underneath
Redefining Fat

Our new What’s Underneath star, Bustle editor Marie Southard Ospina, is talking about fat as much as she can, as in, “I’m the fattest I’ve ever been, but I’m also the prettiest I’ve ever been.” As a teen, Marie tried to eradicate her natural shape and conform to her Latino family’s beauty ideals of having big breasts, thick thighs, but no fat. However, a year abroad in Spain (where no talked about how big your butt was behind your back) took Marie from from-hiding baggy jeans and tees to form-flaunting dresses and belly shirts. In a world where telling someone that they lost weight is always considered praise, we love Marie’s mission of breaking fat away from its “treacherous connotations” and showing that it’s just as praiseworthy to be the weight that you naturally (and healthfully) are. On the front lines of the body-image battle, Marie fearlessly calls out fat-shamers while spreading the plus-size acceptance that her struggles have taught her. After watching Marie’s episode, you may find yourself condemning your body less and being a little more grateful just to have one at all.

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Marie's video was edited by Andrea Cruz
What's Underneath is produced by Elisa, Lily, & Mona

Thank you, Chantelle Lingerie, for sponsoring this episode and for providing Marie with a personal bra fitting and the lingerie shown in this video. For more info about Chantelle, please visit their website.

All editorial decisions were made by us (StyleLikeU) and are in keeping with the mission of the What’s Underneath Project.

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  • Jem Finch

    well, I'm from Spain, and maybe it was the ppl you met, but here they do "care" about your size, I was bullied my whole entire childhood, until I went to college, even now, because I'm a person "with a big personality" I'm still being treated in a different way than the other girls/women who are tiny/"sexy"/skinny. there's a lot of people who are nasty with you because of your size, I remember once my friends and I were introduced to this two guys (here when you meet/greet someone you kiss them in the cheek), so they greet and cheek kissed everyone except for me, they just hold hands with me, like I was a monster or something disgusting.
    I'm glad you meet those amazing people here that saw beyond your size.
    It's really hard to live in a society where you "don't fit". People make you feel ashamed of your body, they make you believe your body should be covered, just because it's not what they call the ideal/perfect body. They stardarize the beauty, they sell it free to us, and impose it to every single person. You wear size 10 or more? Then you are fat and you can't wear regular clothes, you have to wear special clothes that are designed for people like you. And they even label sizes 10 and higher as a "special sizes".
    I tried as hard as I could to be normal, to feel proud of my body, or just to feel comfortable with it, but as soon as I went out to the public eye (like attending a class) somebody would just stop me and throw me bak to my "shame box" with words like "you shouldn't wear this", "you shouldn't do that", "this doesn't look right on people of your size", and so and so.

  • Monique Shantay

    I love this video! I enjoy how she said she was the fattest she has ever been but she's also the prettiest she's ever been. It's definitely a message that needs to be shared in our fat shaming society.

  • Angela Hutchins

    I like this story. I was royally pissed when I used one of those BMI, blood pressure. weight machines and it said I was obese. I have never considered myself obese. It is really hard being a curvy woman in this world. Even clothing shopping is a pain. I applaud you for this.

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