British woman reveals she’s ‘boob shamed’ for her size 36K bust

Having big boobs can come with big problems as Jackie Adedeji knows only too well.

The British TV host, 30, has a size 36K chest and admits one major issue is finding clothes that are stylish, on-trend and flatter her bust.

“I want to take risks and have fun with my clothes, but fashion that is popular is always catered to women with smaller boobs, you can’t fit into fashion trends because they’re not made for you,” she told The Sun.

Jackie developed size 30FF boobs aged 11, and says she has been sexualised for her bust her entire life.

“They literally grew overnight and I noticed that I was treated differently,” she said.

“I started to get messages from friends and family asking if I could cover up more and dress more decently.

“When it came to sports at school I felt like I couldn’t participate. Boys in school would laugh at me when I was playing netball or running at the size of my boobs.

“At that age you boys and girls used to get changed in the classroom together.”

She continued: “My teacher one day said to me ‘Jacqueline I’m really sorry but you can’t get changed in here because you’re far too developed’, so I was made to get changed in the cloakroom.

“I always felt like I was this provocative, promiscuous, unruly child who was distracting everyone with her boobs.”

After this Jackie decided covering up her chest was the best option – even choosing to wear her dad’s baggy hoodies during the summer.

As her boobs continued to grow she realised she couldn’t wear what her friends were wearing.

“My mum took me shopping to get a bra and it was a horrendous cone shaped underwired bra, the lady had cold hands and I just burst into tears,” she recalled.

However, after years of covering herself up, when she was aged 16, Jackie found that having big boobs wasn’t a bad thing anymore.

She said: “Boys liked them, they weren’t funny anymore, I became popular and I loved the attention.

“However, I started realising that people were talking to my chest and not my face.

“So I dressed with my boobs out quite a lot because I was like, right, well, this is all I am, this is what I’m worth – I can use this to my advantage.”

And whilst Jackie may have enjoyed the new found attention her boobs brought, it was a turning point of realising she needed to start to love them too.

“How am I going to make this work? Am I gonna get them reduced? Am I going to get them removed? Am I just going to be okay with them? How do I make peace?”, she explained.

“I realised that I was letting people define who I was. I was ‘Jackie big tits’ the funny girl at school, so I needed to figure out how to take my power back.”

Clothing was an issue, with Jackie often feeling that she couldn’t wear something because of her chest.

She said: “I realised a lot of the way I was feeling about myself was through what other people said to me, ‘Oh, your boobs are so big’, ‘Can you dress a bit more decently?’

Especially with my parents having very ‘’well respected’’ jobs, my dad being a vicar and my mum being a magistrate, I felt like I was embarrassing them for existing.

“And you internalise those messages and think you’re the problem and distraction.

“When you remove all that and you think how do I actually feel about myself? I realised I didn’t feel so bad about who I was.

“My boobs don’t define me. They’re special because they belong to me. I taught myself how to fall in love with myself.”

Heading to university at 18, Jackie learned to have a different outlook on her boobs.

“I could rebrand and show who I am, I decided to reclaim the term ‘big boobs’ myself, then no one got to make me the joke, because I was laughing first,” she said.

But then, of course not everyone is as confident about speaking on boobs as Jackie is.

She explained: “Someone once said to me if I spoke about having big boobs it would ruin my career.”

Since then she’s gone on to be a successful broadcaster and podcaster, having her own award-nominated Channel 4 documentary My Big Boobs.

“It’s so easy for women with bigger boobs to be sexualised, even when we’re not trying to look sexy,” she revealed.

“And that’s their problem not mine, you’re blaming me for being tempting when I’ve not done anything, that’s on you.

“When I was 14 a man stopped me in the street and asked what age I was, he then proceeded to tell me that I couldn’t be that age because of how big my bust was, I was shocked.”

But how does she feel about her boobs now?

“I love them, the relationship you have with yourself is the longest most important relationship you’ll ever be in.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission

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