Size 12 Jacqueline Jossa blasts Zara for ‘offensive’ sizing

Jacqueline Jossa has blasted High Street clothing brand Zara for its ‘offensive’ sizing, claiming being forced to wear an ‘extra large’ caused her to have a ‘mental breakdown’. 

The former EastEnders star, 27, took to Instagram on Monday night to criticise the retailer after she was left unable to fit into a pair of large shorts, despite being a size 12. 

The mother-of-two shared her excitement over the weekend when she went on a post-lockdown shopping spree, asking her followers if they wanted to see what she had bought.  

'Offensive': Jacqueline Jossa has blasted High Street clothing brand Zara for its 'offensive' sizing, claiming being forced to wear an 'extra large' caused her to have a 'mental breakdown'

'Offensive': Jacqueline Jossa has blasted High Street clothing brand Zara for its 'offensive' sizing, claiming being forced to wear an 'extra large' caused her to have a 'mental breakdown'

‘Offensive’: Jacqueline Jossa has blasted High Street clothing brand Zara for its ‘offensive’ sizing, claiming being forced to wear an ‘extra large’ caused her to have a ‘mental breakdown’ 

A day later, the Queen of the Jungle explained she was unable to comfortably fit into her new purchases.  

Speaking from her bed to her 2.8million followers, Jacqueline said: ‘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. So I had to take a whole load of stuff back.’ 

Jacqueline gave In The Style – the brand she recently launched a collection with – a plug and claimed it was much better at offering inclusive sizes, ranging from a 6 to a 24. 

Speaking out: The former EastEnders star, 27, took to Instagram on Monday night to criticise the retailer after she was left unable to fit into a pair of large shorts, despite being a size 12

Speaking out: The former EastEnders star, 27, took to Instagram on Monday night to criticise the retailer after she was left unable to fit into a pair of large shorts, despite being a size 12

Speaking out: The former EastEnders star, 27, took to Instagram on Monday night to criticise the retailer after she was left unable to fit into a pair of large shorts, despite being a size 12

The video 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.’  

With the average dress size for women in the UK a size 16, the TV personality said she was worried about the impact on people shopping at the store who are over size 12. 

Jacqueline said: ‘I was shocked when I got home yesterday honestly. 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. 

Furious: Speaking from her bed to her 2.8million followers, the mother-of-two said: 'To be honest, I had a mental breakdown yesterday basically because the sizing in Zara is offensive'

Furious: Speaking from her bed to her 2.8million followers, the mother-of-two said: 'To be honest, I had a mental breakdown yesterday basically because the sizing in Zara is offensive'

Furious: Speaking from her bed to her 2.8million followers, the mother-of-two said: ‘To be honest, I had a mental breakdown yesterday basically because the sizing in Zara is offensive’

‘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 thoughts on her Instagram story, the actress revealed other women had reached out to her saying they had experienced the same issues with the brand. 

She later said: ‘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.

‘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.’ 

The actress parents two daughters, Ella, five, and Mia, two, with her husband, former TOWIE star Dan Osborne, 29.

Jacqueline recently told MailOnline she refuses to put pressure on herself to look a certain way, but was hoping to follow in Dan’s footsteps and get more into fitness. 

Gorgeous: Jacqueline gave In The Style - the brand she recently launched a collection with - a plug and claimed it was much better at offering inclusive sizes

Gorgeous: Jacqueline gave In The Style - the brand she recently launched a collection with - a plug and claimed it was much better at offering inclusive sizes

Gorgeous: Jacqueline gave In The Style – the brand she recently launched a collection with – a plug and claimed it was much better at offering inclusive sizes

She said: ‘Fitness wise I just like to watch Daniel in the gym and that’s about it really. I’ll be honest with you I’m just sat here eating a packet of Monster Munch. I’m good at making excuses.

‘I don’t ever put pressure on myself but I do want to start doing stuff purely for fitness and not for vanity.

‘Daniel is in more of a routine for sure. He trains pretty much every day or goes for a run but the thing is his is mental.

‘If he doesn’t work out he’s like “I don’t feel right” – it’s just one of those things, he feels like he needs to do it for his brain.’  

Doting mum: The actress parents two daughters, Ella, five, and Mia, two, with her husband, former TOWIE star Dan Osborne, 29

Doting mum: The actress parents two daughters, Ella, five, and Mia, two, with her husband, former TOWIE star Dan Osborne, 29

Doting mum: The actress parents two daughters, Ella, five, and Mia, two, with her husband, former TOWIE star Dan Osborne, 29 

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