JACQUELINE Jossa has blasted high street retailer Zara for their sizing and branded it “offensive” to women.
The former EastEnders star took to Instagram yesterday to slam the fashion brand after she was left unable to fit into a pair of large shorts, despite being a slender size 12.
The reigning Queen of the Jungle shared her excitement over the weekend when she went on a spending spree for the first time in months.
At the time, she asked if her followers would be interested in seeing her shopping finds.
Yet a day later, the mother-of-two explained that she had a “mental breakdown” after she was unable to comfortably fit into her purchases when responding to her fans pleas to do a Zara mini-haul.
Speaking to her 2.8million followers, Jacqueline said from her bed: “Loads of people asked me about my Zara haul because I went shopping the other night.
“To be honest, I had a mental breakdown yesterday basically because the sizing in Zara is offensive.
“Just not having it really,” she added. “So I had to take a whole load of stuff back.”
Explaining how she hasn’t shopped in a long time, Jacqueline praised online retailer InThe Style, who she has a clothing and pyjama collection with, for their inclusive sizing.
She continued: “Do you know what? I haven’t shopped in for so long for anything but in the sale and it just goes to show me really that the sizing for InTheStyle is so good.
“That is what it is meant to be.”
Jacqueline then shared her concern for customers over a size 12 who go into the store. Currently the average dress size for women in the UK is a size 16.
“I was shocked when I got home yesterday honestly,” she shared. “I’m a size 12 and the large wouldn’t fit me from Zara.
“I had to get the extra large which is not a problem but you know people who are over a size 14, size 16, size 18…
“Do they just not shop in Zara? I didn’t know that, I wasn’t aware of that and I haven’t shopped in Zara for years.
“So I kind of remember why I don’t shop in there anymore. I love it but I think the sizing is really off.
“I did get some nice bits which I will show you. But you should have seen me yesterday trying to squeeze into a pair of shorts and stuff. Should have filmed it but it wasn’t a pretty sight”.
After sharing her concerns on Instagram, Jacqueline revealed that she was inundated with DMs from her followers who had the same issues.
She later added: “So I’ve been through my DMs. It’s made me feel a lot better and apparently no one fits into Zara and the sizing is all off.
“Someone said they’re a size 10 to 12 and they couldn’t fit into the medium or large, which is just ridiculous.
“How could a 10 to a 12 be a large? I’m sorry but what?! Anyway, don’t feel bad about it,” she assured her followers.
“I really like this skirt so I’ve got it in an extra large and I mean, it’s not the most amazing feeling in the world but at the end of the day – I ain’t an extra large.
“Size ain’t nothing but a number baby.”
Jac became a brand ambassador for InTheStyle in December and her collections with online retailer stock sizes 6-24.
Her bio for the brand reads on the site: “Jac has inspired us all by standing up for all things girl power, which is reflected in this inclusive, empowered collection for all occasions and all sizes 6-24.”
After her stint in the Jungle, the TV star revealed that she had lost a stone and shared her delight for fitting into a mini skirt she had purchased 18 months prior.
Jacqueline, 27, previously admitted in an interview with Lorraine that she’d lost a stone thanks to a diet of rice and beans during her three-week stint in the jungle.
But at the time, the mum-of-two admitted she’d hoped to lose more.
“It [the weight loss amount]was the first thing I asked when I came out,” she said.
“I was hoping for more. But we ate really well, sometimes there was so much food.”