Ok, so this is weird. I'm a good British Celt at 5'7", a GG cup, no where near under my recommended BMI, but a solid 30 band size. Everyone tells me that my ribcage is freakishly tiny. But clearly, at 30, there are still a lot of people smaller than me!
My friend from Sri Lanka, who is half my size, albeit, doesn't need quite so much support, has to be smaller than me. I asked her about bras and bra sizes the other day and she told me that she just buys that sort of thing when she goes home for a visit and they don't really size things like that over there. It is kind of still a s-m-l and if it fits, its the right size. Usually, they are all un labelled in a bin and you hold it up to see if it might fit. Alternatively, her aunt tailored her Saree for her directly. Apparently, she has put on weight since she has been in Canada and she bemoans the fact that she would have to actually pay someone here to alter the top for her. All of which is neat, but not helpful when it comes to helping me find a practical solution to a tine ribcage.
My adopted cousin from South China is also half my size, albeit still a teen and can get away with training bras. But, we are starting to wonder what she can do when the North American diet and lifestyle catch up with her starved-for-the-first-year-of-her-life frame when she hits metabolism slow down at 23. She is a super active 17 year old .... but so was I. We don't have a "home" or an aunt as my friend does. Do Asian brands make smaller band sizes? The language barrier prevents me from discovering, BUT all the immigrant and second generation-ers I grew up with think I'm freakishly tiny in the ribcage. Most of my first generation Fillipino friends have no problems finding bands either, but they didn't exactly grow up malnurished.
There is a stereotype about tiny Asian women, but to my limited personal experience, that is really only the case in those who were poverty stricken under five years old. So, I would wonder if the bigger Asian brands even bother with smaller band sizes as that population tends to be marginalized and live on less than a dollar a day. If finding food is a daily struggle, then bras that fit are totally a luxury. Ok, no problem. But if that means that the average population percentage of women sub-28 here is the same everywhere people grow full size bones, then where can my cousin look for quality products if No One is actually that small?
Ooooh, idea! (loaded with cynical sarcasm) Maybe, we can move the anorexia beauty ideal campaign to the nursing and pregnant mothers target group teaching for beauty's sake that starving your infant daughters will guarentee them a career in modelling thereby creating a consumer population with large buying power and tiny ribcages! Create the demand in a population with money and the problem of suppy is practically solved!
But seriously, any thoughts?
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