Swimsuit season is right around the corner, and if you had asked me any other year if I was excited about it, I would have laughed in your face. I had always shied away from beaches and exposed skin, feeling that my size 20 frame wasn’t made for such activities. I am going to attribute this feeling to the years of wintertime commercials alerting me that I was running out of time to get “beach ready” and if there’s anything I hate, it’s showing up to the party unprepared.
This was before I started learning about fat acceptance and the idea that every single one of us is a beautiful person. No one should feel the need to change their shape to enjoy sand between their toes.
My interpretation of fat acceptance is quite simple-- every body with any amount of fat on it is a lovely body. And I even have a problem with the word “acceptance” in this situation… maybe it’s more like Fat CELEBRATION!? Celebrate your bodies, no matter what amount of fat you have on it.
Now, I’m sure this is old news to many of you, but Gabi Gregg of Young Fat and Fabulous is a gorgeous lady with amazing style. If you haven’t, I seriously suggest brewing a cup of tea and taking an afternoon to bask in her glory. Ms. Gregg recently posted some STUNNING photographs of herself in a retro inspired bikini and had this to say about it:
“you don't have to lose weight to look good in a swimsuit. I hate the message that only certain bodies are allowed to wear bikinis or be on a beach. Don't let other people dictate what you wear. If the sight of my body makes people cringe, that's their problem, not mine.” –Every Body is a Bikini Body, Gabi Gregg
I know how scary it can be taking chances like a bikini, so if that’s too much for you, perhaps try doing one thing every day that takes you just a little bit out of your fashion comfort zone. Wear the shorts that are tucked in the back of your dresser. Try going sleeveless for a day. It can even be as simple as wearing a brighter color than you’re used to… and who knows, you could be in a bikini in no time!
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Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.