A beauty salon is charging women larger than a size twelve extra money to have their legs waxed. Their reasoning? They have to use extra wax to get the job done because they are covering a larger surface area of skin.
We’re not sure if the British salon owner is asking women for their dress size when they call to book an appointment, or whether she’s taking out an actual tape measure when they arrive…
Either way – we’re slightly taken aback.
The story about the so-called “fat tax on wax” has sent the internet into a whole new spiral of angry today.
Many commenters are outraged, saying that women with self esteem or body image issues are only going to have their anxieties affirmed by this new salon trend.
Which is a fair point, really.
According to the UK newspaper The Sun, women below a size 12 are charged the regular £21 for a leg wax at a salon that goes by the name of MM Bubbles.
Women who wear a dress size of 12 or above are hit with an extra cost of £5 (or $8.84 in Australian dollars) and women who wear a dress size of size 18 or higher have to pay an extra £10 (which is around $17.68 in Aussie dollars).
That’s right. There’s a sliding scale of size. The bigger you are? The more you pay.
The newspaper which first reported on the story, sent a plus-size model into the salon to investigate the rumours that had come to their attention. You see, the salon doesn’t disclose or advertise this ‘policy’, it’s something they implement behind closed foors.
According to the plus size model who got her Investigative Reporter Hat on, the salon’s owner told her: “I know maybe for you it is not very nice but I use more stuff.”
We assume the salon owner is likening leg waxing to carpeting or tiling a house by the square metre – because how on earth else could she justify the near 25 per cent increase on leg waxing for women whose leg circumferences may or may be a different size to the woman who’s up next for the g-string wax.