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#MakeMySize! Plus-size Instagram star attacks brands like Club Monaco and Zara for failing to offer bigger sizes - while posting images of herself in their largest options, which won't even do up on her body

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 9/18/2018 Danielle Zoellner For Dailymail.com

a screenshot of a cell phone: Upset: She created a campaign entitled #MakeMySize where she posts about brands that don't offer clothing for women with fuller figures, like Zara

Upset: She created a campaign entitled #MakeMySize where she posts about brands that don't offer clothing for women with fuller figures, like Zara
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A plus-size fashion blogger has used her platform to attack big name brands such as Zara and Alice + Olivia for not making her size of clothing, and she does this from the inside of a dressing room. 

Katie Sturino, 34, is a fashion publicist turned beauty entrepreneur and blogger who started her blog, The 12ish Style, in 2015 after she realized there was a gap in the market for fashion inspiration for curvier women online.

The New Yorker, who used to be married to meme king The Fat Jew, alerts people of the problem with sizing by taking pictures of herself in the largest clothes at prominent brands. 

These images, posted on her Instagram, show the shocking display of how exclusive clothing can be for women at certain stores with fuller figures.

Katie uses the hashtag #MakeMySize to inform brands about their lack of inclusiveness and to encourage other people to share their own problems with finding clothing that fits. 

'@zara is at the top of the #MakeMySize list bc they have been making me feel bad in the fitting room for years,' Katie wrote in a recent Instagram post featuring herself in a dress that was too small.

'In fact, I stopped even trying about six years ago. Went in today, same deal. This is an XL and I can’t get my arms down let alone try to close the front.' 

What Katie does is she finds the largest size clothing for specific pieces and sees how they fit on her own body. But this sometimes demonstrates how exclusive a store can be to plus-size people.  

Zara isn't the only brand that has felt the heat from Katie during her inclusive movement. 

a woman posing for a picture: Annoyed: In one of Katie's most recent post, she showed what the largest clothing at Club Monaco looked like on her body 

Annoyed: In one of Katie's most recent post, she showed what the largest clothing at Club Monaco looked like on her body 
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She also recently blasted Alice + Olivia, Club Monaco, Aritzia and FRAME for their lack of clothing available. 

'What kind of message are you sending to high school, college and basically any aged woman who walks in your store when I’m shown here in the largest sizes that you carry?' Katie asked in her most recent post featuring multiple clothing items from Aritzia. 

None of the clothes came even close to covering her body, which shows how lacking the brand is in inclusive sizing.

Since Katie first started the #MakeMySize hashtag, she has inspired other women to share their own stories of not finding clothes that fit. 

To help all of her plus-size followers, Katie also included an Instagram highlight on her page featuring a number of brands that do provide inclusive sizing for women.

Some of the brands she has recently found create plus-size clothing include Zac Posen, Brandon Maxwell, Mara Hoffman and City Chic USA.

But she also has consistent favorites such as J.Crew, ModCloth, Nordstrom, Loft and Stitch Fix. 

Unacceptable: Another brand under fire is Aritzia for its exclusive sizing for all clothing 

Unacceptable: Another brand under fire is Aritzia for its exclusive sizing for all clothing 
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Since launching her blog and personal Instagram account, Katie has built a loyal following (she currently has more than 225,000 followers). 

Despite receiving relatively positive feedback about her body positive posts, Katie revealed recently how she has been the subject of name-calling online.

In one Instagram post in May, Katie shared a picture of herself posing on the beach in a leopard print bikini, with various offensive names and phrases Photoshopped into the background.

These words included 'whale,' 'fat,' and 'cover up,' along with the phrases 'nobody wants to see that' and 'lose some weight'.

'I always get a "troll" or two when I post a swimsuit photo, but it never bothers me because my journey to self acceptance meant I had to get over the opinion of my biggest troll... ME,' Katie wrote in the accompanying caption.

'When I was a lot slimmer than I am now, I used to criticize myself in the mirror, feel shame for being "the fattest girl in the room" and blame my problems on those final ten pounds I couldn't lose.'

However, when Katie finally learned to accept her body and herself, she also started to feel good about her body at any size, and harsh words and criticisms became 'irrelevant'. 

Related: 7 Things Plus-Size Women Want You To Know [Provided by Iris]

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