Embracing your bikini body; why I’m not hiding my ‘flaws’
When it comes to today’s society, flawless skin and legs for days are everywhere. We allllll know Photoshop is used on the reg; not just in glossy magazines but all over social media too. ‘Real people’ online aren’t necessarily all that real. There’s so much pressure out there that you can hardly blame people for feeling the need to compete. Unfortunately, this just makes it more of a problem by creating more competition in a society that pits women against each other. So I’m embracing my so called flaws to bring some reality back to the online world…
MESH BIKINI TOP* (similar) | HIGH WAISTED BIKINI BOTTOMS* | LEATHER FEATHER EARRINGS* | BLACK CAT-EYE SUNGLASSES
Rolls, cellulite, scars, stretch marks, VBO (visibile belly outline), wobbly bits… they’re all blooming normal. It’s not ‘brave’ for anyone over a size 8 to wear a bikini. If you’re offended by a human body, you need to sort out your priorities.
You’ll tend to find me in high waisted bikini bottoms because, though I’m confident and happy in myself, I still have days when I don’t 100% love myself – and spoiler alert, that’s totally fine. The black bikini bottoms are from Hunkemöller and instead of ‘flattering and flattening’, they just fit. They make me feel confident and comfortable which is a surprisingly difficult combination to come across in a world that’s constantly trying to suck you into spanx.
It took me a long time to finally feel comfortable in my own skin and yeah, I still have bad days, but surrounding myself with body positive, inspiring women and realising that thin doesn’t automatically equal happy has made a world of difference. Finding clothing that fits and not being limited or feeling shamed by a number on a label is a step in the right direction.
So go out there and embrace your inner Sports Illustrated model – you look blooming fabulous!