I know that when it comes to fitness many women look at me and think “this girl doesn’t know what it’s like to deal with [insert specific problem here]”. And those women are right, that is 100% true. I’m 5’0” tall, never weighed more than 115 lbs., and I’ve never worn larger than a B cup. I have never struggled to find fitness apparel, easily finding something for most occasions at places like Fabletics and Lorna Jane.
So you might be wondering why I am saying all of this. I am hyper aware that I am a “skinny bitch” in the current fitness space and this is something that I try to consider with any and all communications.
I want to come out and say the things that many of you are thinking and to add that my whole heart is in Sassy Pants. Even though I may not know the daily struggles first hand, I want to be part of the solution. There are so many forces out there that divide women, fracturing communities and making support hard to find. While I could go to many different stores and communities and be catered to and accepted with open arms, none of those communities speak to me the way Sassy Pants does. I don’t want to be part of a community where you need to be a size 2 to fit in. Believe it or not, that shit stresses me out, too.
As someone that the current fitness apparel industry caters to, it has taken me a long time to see where I fit into Sassy Pants. I am constantly concerned that women will be put off and not want to join a community if they see me because they’ll think it’s just like the rest of the industry. But we really want this to be a community by women of all sizes for all women. And as a woman, I belong here, too.
At Sassy Pants, we are creating a community where women can support each other regardless of where we are and where we want to go on our journey. No, I’ve never needed to lose weight or deal with going to specialty stores to buy a sports bra, but I genuinely want to be part of a community that embraces women as they are. Why can’t two women with very different goals support each other? No, I probably don’t understand what you go through every day, but I want to close the chasm that divides women and create a space where we can all be supportive and feel supported.
Yes, I have it easy in the athletic apparel space, but I know that I will continue to struggle with how I am viewed, and will be vigilant in checking myself. I'm not always going to get it right. And we as a team aren't always going to get it right, either. In fact, we've already gotten it wrong a few times! But the best part about Sassy Pants is that we hear you and we are always striving to be better. I am so excited to create a loving, empowering community and to embrace each and every one of you wherever you are on your journey. I hope that you will accept me where I am on my journey, too.
With a zeal for all things baked goods and puzzles, Tamara leads our Wellness Team here at Sassy Pants. She's driven to understand and help people right as they are. She's got a big heart for people (and Lego Batman) and a love of all things science.