I’m pleased to announce our Zee Bra giveaway contest winner, Col! She will receive a brand new Zee Bra by Lynn Saussy. Col’s honest, body-positive and unapologetically feminist entry essay and illustration are featured below. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. -Amanda
32AA is beautiful!
I hate bras. Okay, well I don’t HATE bras. But I hate that I have to feel required to wear one. It’s like no one has ever seen a breast before. Yes, my nipples stick out when I don’t wear one, that doesn’t mean you have to stare at them, or judge me. Pretty sure you have nipples too!
Yea, okay, once in a while it feels nice to give my boobies some shape so they can fill out a dress a bit better (and by fill out, I mean as much as a 32AA breast can “fill out”). But in my perfect world, women would be walking around topless, free of restrictions, free of groping and ogling and unnecessary judgment.
My entire childhood was plagued by the fact that I was flat-chested. I didn’t grow my tiny little bumps until I was well into high school. Middle school was miserable! I would hide my chest by wearing oversized sweaters, even in the summer.
While other girls were talking about their time of the month, I was still waiting for my period. While other girls were talking about which bras they wore, I was just starting to wear little-kid training bras that were really just tiny sports bras – a flat piece of fabric across my chest. Then when I finally grew some, I couldn’t even be happy about it! I still couldn’t wear real bras; I still had to somehow hide my nipples with baggy clothes.
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