It’s no secret that fashion is one hell of a merciless industry. I mean, how many times have we heard how unrealistic standards and high expectations have pushed girls to the brink of insanity? And although the stigma around plus-size models is fading away, the steps are so tiny, it’s barely visible.

Luckily, more and more women are willing to take matters into their own hands and rewrite the rules altogether. One plus-size model, Denise Mercedes, is doing just that. The size 14 Dominican model has launched a TikTok challenge titled “Style Not Size” with her friend Maria Castellanos. The two friends of different sizes are putting on the same outfits, sharing the snack-sized videos to 1.7M followers, and showing that beauty comes in all shapes and forms. Their videos have now been liked a whopping 30.6M times, proving that healthy and happy women rule the world!

More info: TikTok | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | DeniseMercedes.com

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Lekha Kosuri
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4 months ago

They both look gorgeous!

Montana
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4 months ago (edited)

Yep. Also true that please tone down the attention and praise about young girls looks. "You look so pretty!!' They grow up needing validation everyday on the looks and some focus wrong things on life. Please parents focus on the good deeds, honesty, friendliness.

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Shelley Russell
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4 months ago

I love all of the pics on this thread! Beautiful women come in all shapes/sizes/colors!!! Way to go, ladies!!!

Eva Bryson
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4 months ago

The "plus" size is not a size 14.

Katie Sutton
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4 months ago

I don't like this on either of them.

Dre Mosley
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4 months ago

The full figured girl is blessed with a great shape, small waist, flat tummy. Many girls her size are not as blessed and carry it way differently.

Evil Little Thing
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4 months ago

Those curves tho

ajie wp
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4 months ago

BBW look beauty

Mishte Tine
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4 months ago

Okay... we are all supposed to say they are both beautiful. And that is absolutely true. You’re lovely. Go get life and make it yours. : )

Trinity Tummons
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4 months ago

All of these pictures are amazing and her curves make her look amazing!

Jane Campbell
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4 months ago

I'm a 14-16 depending on the cut. Proud of Denise but she is not a 14.

Amaranthim Talon
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4 months ago

The lady on the right is no way no how a size 14-

Faye Coles
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4 months ago

Both girls are beautiful

Julie Robinson
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4 months ago

I logged in just so I can leave a comment on this pic and I hope these two gorgeous ladies read them!! And I’m only on the first pic lol y’all keep doing your thing!!

Pacer Three
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4 months ago

stunning!

2WheelTravlr
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4 months ago

The tops look great on both of them, but I don't like the bottoms on either.

Rivka Ostroff
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4 months ago

Good looking bikini, suits both types

Linda Robinett
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4 months ago

In this case, the bikini looks more sexy on the plus size model.

Pavlina G
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4 months ago

This looks good on no one

TomiSmith
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3 months ago

As long as she is happy being overweight good for her. I just don’t find fat very attractive.

Aurora Graham-Hayes
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3 months ago

wow

Isobel Davies
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3 months ago

i need to know how your amazingly curvy with a flat stomach !! you Figure is my aim i have the hips arse n boobs now all a girl needs is the flat stomach !!! you`re both stunners!!

S stcroix
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4 months ago

both of you look great.....

Jasmina Pavlovic
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4 months ago (edited)

Looks cheap .. this Lion(?)dress ... 🦁

ANA MARTINEZ
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4 months ago

love it

Heather Boardman
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4 months ago

Nope the slimmer girl rocks this

Karen Harling
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4 months ago

If shes a 14 then Im.a minus zero

Tracey Hirt
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4 months ago

This outfit looks better on the woman with curves.

Addison Wasylyshyn
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1 month ago

i think skinny wins!

Addison Wasylyshyn
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1 month ago

hmmm

Pebblesmax
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3 months ago

Bodies BEAUTIFUL

Magical dolphin
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3 months ago

They both look FANTASTIC!!!!

dark-shadow
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3 months ago

they both look beutiful!

Kristal Bona
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3 months ago

You girls are rocking that suit!

Jada Carmichael
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3 months ago

and it dosen't matter what you look like just be positive in your body okay😇

Jada Carmichael
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3 months ago

they look sexy

Jada Carmichael
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3 months ago

they look sexy i like that curvyness

Judy Pinter
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3 months ago

Not a fan of this look because of where the bottoms hit the hip. I like a bikini that rides lower.

Marge Hassen
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3 months ago

I don't care 'how' you try to 'color' it, or try to make it more acceptable... Fat is fat, and it is not now or ever, beautiful and acceptable... Fat people the world over would like to be rid of it, and never face the embarrassment or the pain it causes.. To accept "fat" means you have given up on yourself, and your desire for a healthier body is being denied...There is no realistic way to accept the ugliness of being overweight, except to 'diet' and be aware of those things we put into our body..... There are many, like me, overweight and unable or unwilling to accept the challenges needed to shed those pounds..

Stacey Gates
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3 months ago

But you have courage in spades to speak the truth! I think you can accomplish whatever you really want. Don't give up!

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Iteoluwa Adewara
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3 months ago

the look very sexy

Adekemi akande
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3 months ago

They both look so cute

Laurentiu
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3 months ago

Yes,interesting costumes ... and that's about it

Cindy Reed
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3 months ago

both look good in their own way.

Amelia
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3 months ago

Definitely Denise

Lexie Hayes
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3 months ago

Both of them are killing wearing those fits

Kate
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3 months ago

Ooooh

Leon'
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3 months ago

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. This image illustrates that very well.

Aga Be
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3 months ago

I watch all pics... im sorry for the slimer one but the second girl looks great(er ;-)) at more of pics... :-))

Meredith Mays
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4 months ago

I wish they had links to where you can buy all the outfits

Vivi
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4 months ago

Love this bikini.

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4 months ago

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Sheryl Hartman
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4 months ago

Bigger looks best

Mavi Hava
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4 months ago

I really like the slimmer girl with wavy hair and the curvy girl with a ponytail

PHOEBE BODEN
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4 months ago

good pis 4 summer

Kyla Moulds
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4 months ago

work it baby work it!

Benjamin F. Rodriguez
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4 months ago

They both look awesome, and Shelley is right. No matter, race, gender, or body type. Your all perfect, don’t change for someone, only change if YOU want to.😉

Julie Robinson
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4 months ago

Y’all both 🔥🔥

mermaidgirl960
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4 months ago

Hot bikini either way, they're rocking it!

Mary Murphy
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4 months ago

This works for both.

Cybele Spanjaard
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4 months ago

I think the voluptuous lass looks better in this outfit is suits her curves

Cybele Spanjaard
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4 months ago

I think the bigger lass looks better in this outfit suits her curves well.

CatWoman312
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4 months ago

Thighs like what!!!!

Joselito El Zapatero
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4 months ago

The curvy one is see as the ideal woman for a large part of African men.

Cocobronco
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4 months ago

That may be, but I'm white and I'd take her over the skinny girl any day.

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Marianna Helola
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4 months ago

Both are beautiful, but curves ******

Paul Cullum
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3 months ago

Agreed gorgeous but I prefer curves any day

Jane Buchanan
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3 months ago

Those curves WOW 👌

Aurora Graham-Hayes
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3 months ago

yeah

Андрей Лошаденко
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4 months ago

Goo! https://allens555. tumblr.com

Андрей Лошаденко
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4 months ago

Goo ! https://allena555.tumblr.com

Femke Markslag
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4 months ago

Love both... On both woman... Both gorgeous. But if I am honest... I vote Ms Curves galore on the right... Omg I'd swap body with her any day!!!! ♥♥♥♥

sadie pilkngton
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2 months ago

Body positivity cuz i look like the left girl and i get bullied for it

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евгений фомиченко
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4 months ago

Не хотел бы я оказаться с ней в одной постели

Paul Chang
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4 months ago

Both gorgeous but the big one would do better on naked and afraid

MagNat
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The waist of the one on the right <3

Vidya Sagar
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4 months ago

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Doesn't hide the fact that she's fat

Lev Pertsov
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What's the point of this?

Fiona Messenger
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4 months ago

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The only comment I have is that the one on the right should have rethought that hairstyle.

Jing Yi Xu
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They are both so gorgeous but I admit that I only have eyes for the brunette. Those curves! Curvalicious

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Chris Watson
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Nothing is right about being morbidly obese.

MJ Scooter
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One of her legs isn't even a 14. She is beyond obese.

jiriw
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Fat ass vs thin ass...

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

Wow, that curvy girl looks smashing in that dress.

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4 months ago

Why are people downvoting Debster? I think she meant to be complimentary to the curvier girl. She has a gorgeous figure.

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When Denise was 16 and a petite size 8, she started submitting her pictures to modeling agencies, but her height was too short for industry standards. She kept on posing for the camera as a side hobby until she turned 21 and had gone up to a size 14.

According to a statement on her website, Denise started putting outfits together and posting the images on social media. She is an avid advocate of body positivity and runs a campaign #becauseitsmybody dedicated to women of all shapes and sizes. She now has collaborated with many fashion brands and boutiques like Forever21, Target, and JCPenney.

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Debster
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4 months ago

Yazzzz! Slender gurl needs some shreds too. Love this pic!

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Sandra Simpson
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4 months ago

Awesome looking on both

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Maul!
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4 months ago

love the halter tops!!! is it crochet?

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There’s a huge gap between fashion industry standards and real-life women, who measure a size 16 around the waist on average in America. Moreover, plus-size women represent 68% of fashion shoppers, according to Glamour, and yet a very small percentage of them actually work in the fashion industry.

Only in 2016, Ashley Graham became the first plus-size model on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition and paved the way for models with curves. But the model herself told CBS Sunday Morning that she doesn’t like the word “plus-size” because it’s “so divisive to women” and puts them into categories.

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Debster
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4 months ago

Actually gives so curves to slender gal. Cute!

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Sandra Simpson
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4 months ago

Adorable

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Sandra Simpson
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4 months ago

My favorite pic

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Many women find the representation of diverse body types in media more assuring. In fact, this study by Florida State University found that women tend to experience deeper body satisfaction and retain a memory of plus-size models better than that of the thinner ones. It also pointed out that exposure to “unrealistic-sized media models” has a negative effect on the consumer’s “mental and physical health, including experiencing lower body satisfaction.”

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athornedrose
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4 months ago

she's crushing so many crop tops, and i just don't have the confidence for it. gorgeous

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Debster
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4 months ago

Yes on curvy girl

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Donna Leske
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4 months ago

Perfect summer wear. And for haters, they are COVERED, no cleavage, no crack in the back, skirt long enough. Don't be jealous.

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Debster
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4 months ago

Gurls yezzzzz!!!

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Pam Olson
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4 months ago

This is my favorite - it is a pretty color and it looks great on both of them.

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LoPandas
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4 months ago

Ooooooh, I like this. I may need to go hunting for a bikini like this.

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Marcy Brown
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4 months ago

The curvy girl is rocking this outfit!

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Camilla Bancos
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4 months ago

I can’t get into the “bike shorts” trend

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Mimi
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4 months ago

It's a pasta-dress!

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your_lesbian_friend
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4 months ago

i love those jeans!!

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Ola Polowczyk
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4 months ago

For a moment I thought it had pockets. I'm so disappointed lol

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AMYAH MINOTT-STARLING
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4 months ago

i'm going to get jealous they look super cute

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Sandra Simpson
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4 months ago

I love this pic!!!!!

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sJm
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4 months ago

This is the first one where I think the outfit suits the slimmer girl better. Else the bigger girl wears everything else heaps better.

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Donna Leske
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4 months ago

Looks darling on both.

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Debster
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4 months ago

Cute for summer party

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KittyComics
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4 months ago

they doin tiktok dances

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Sandra Simpson
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4 months ago

Personally, I think that this outfit suits slim girl better. No offense to curvy girl.

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Wendy
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4 months ago

Curvy Girl nailed that look ♥

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Eliza_Schuyler_Hamilton
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4 months ago

They are both so pretty!

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Catlady6000
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4 months ago

The don't look good on either girl, too baggy and too tight

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Gin
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4 months ago (edited)

Sorry, but the buttons shouldn't be tearing apart. It's a beautiful dress, just get a size larger.

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Donna Leske
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4 months ago

That top is ugly, even on these two pretty girls.

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Sue Knerl
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4 months ago

I absolutely hate the torn pants. I prefer to wear out my own.

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