It’s swimsuit season. It should be a time to throw on a cute bathing suit and enjoy the summer weather, but sometimes bikini season can make people feel uncomfortable thanks to the onslaught of ads about losing weight and getting your bod “bikini ready.” Not to mention there are all of the Instagrams about “perfect” bodies. Pah. I know it can be difficult to tune out all of that stuff, but you don’t need it in your life. You’re much better off without it.
If you want to look at anything, I encourage you to read these body positive swimsuit posts before heading to the beach. They show the importance of loving yourself for who you are and the body you have and not trying to change. And that’s exactly the type of message we should be spreading in the summer as well as the rest of the year. Start scrolling down to read 15 body positive posts. When you’re done reading them consider sharing them with friends in the name of BOPO and self-love.
1. Great points.
If you want to shine as bright as the sun, you’ll have to burn like the sun. ☀️ . . . Trials and hardships are all part of life. The harder the trial, the deeper the pain the hotter you burn and the brighter you’ll shine ? . . . ? @smwomanplus swimsuit ? . . #KatKurves #PlusFilipina #FilipinaCurveModel #FilipinaPlusModel #PlusSizeModel #ILoveMeAtAnySize #LoveYourselfAtEverySize #KatGumabao #BeautyAtAnySize #ILoveMyBody #PlusSizeModel #SexyIsNotASize #EffYourBeautyStandards #BeautyBeyondSize #PlusModel #CelebrateMySize #BeautyBeyondSize #Bopo #PlusSizeBeauty #BeachLife #Love #NewportBeach #Beach
I want this to be my new mantra.
2. Love yourself.
Hey you, yeah you. I might repeat myself, but let me remind you, that selflove ain't selfish. It's important to love yourself. To be in peace within yourself, with body, mind and soul. You must love yourself, on the good days, as well as on the rough ones. When you love yourself, with all of the flaws and imperfections, you might think you have , that's when you can fully love someone else. #heartvibewrites . . . . . . #vienna #happy #lifestyle #selflove #bopo #content #beautiful #inspo #fashion #style #write #happy #photo #mind #body #natural #love #bikini #live #outfit #vibes #spirit #moment #nude #reflect #summer #positive #attitude #energy #blog
Love begins with yourself.
3. Looking back provides clarity.
i used to hide my body. looking back through old photos recently, i realized that any time i was in a photo at the beach/lake/pool, i was always wearing a cover-up. in every. single. photo. i might as well have not worn a swimsuit because there was no chance i was taking that cover-up off, especially for photos. i wish i could go back and tell myself all the things i know now. i would tell myself to love and celebrate that curvy figure, even if it was more round and soft than it is now. i would tell myself that life is too short to worry about what others think about your body. i would tell myself to go splash around in the water and show everyone just how strong those thick thighs are, how fearless those stretch marks are, how beautiful that soft tummy is. i would tell myself that no one is going to judge you for embracing who you are, and if they do, to hell with them. i used to hide my body. but now i don’t. i would live in a swimsuit if i could. i wear bikinis and short shorts and tank tops like the curvy queen i know i am. and it feels so good. look, you can even see this difference in my face: before trying not to appear as uncomfortable as i was, and today feeling a silent strength and confidence no matter what i wear. the photo on the left is what self-doubt looks like. the photo on the right is what body positivity looks like. remember, self-love is a journey & it didn’t happen overnight. i just worked on loving myself a little more each day and it all added up to where i am now: happy, content, and absolutely in love with all these curves. i want you to love yours too. all you have to do is start. look in the mirror each morning and tell yourself that accept those soft parts you’ve been battling all these years. and soon enough, that inner belief will shine through as an outer confidence. i promise. ? #curvyblogger #transformation #bodypositive #curvygirl #sanfranciscoblogger
A change in attitude doesn’t happen suddenly, but it will come.
4. Don’t forget about the impact of water.
I’m in LOVE! In love with the beach that is ? Since ancient times humans have assigned healing and transformational properties to water. The water element is crucial to balancing the body and creating physical harmony. Our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what’s broken ?I just had to share that. I’m sure a lot of you have the same feeling and hopefully I shed some light on why you get all the feels ???⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀⠀ #selfcare #ocean #mentalhealth #metime #selfcareday #selflove #selfcarematters #plussizemodel #plussizebikini #twopiece #bikiniready #loveyourself #loveyourbody #bopo #bodypositive #bodypositivity #bodycare #pose #beachbabe #waterbaby #vitamind #plussize #fatpositive #nobodyshame #effyourbodystandards #honormycurves #fatbabe #fullfigured #curvygirl #plussize
One more reason to put on a bathing suit and go to the beach.
5. When swimsuit shopping stresses you out.
Thank you everyone for your awesome suggestions of where to get swimsuits for real bodies. I picked up some at @targetstyle that had actual cup sizing and felt really well made. I love how the high-ish waist bottoms hold me in but still show off my waist and the coverage on top makes me feel really secure and comfortable. . I also appreciated all your vulnerability in sharing how you struggle with the same damn thing I do. I’ve taken your powerful voices to San Diego, where I’m swimming in the ocean, chasing my kids around the sand (and yes, feeling a bit jiggly when I do), and letting my skin soak up some well-deserved sun. I still have moments of wishing I was skinnier but mostly I’m telling those negative voices to eff the eff off so I can enjoy myself and my awesome family and awesome body and this one wild life I get. . “I have a perfect body cuz my eyelashes catch my sweat.” —Regina Spektor # . #bodypositive #bopo #mombod #realbodies #selfcare #stophatingyourbody #swimsuitsforall #bodypositivity #effyourbeautystandards #curvywomen #realwomen
Love that quote.
No abs?? STILL FAB ? . . . I’m not going to lie, I’ve got a lil bit of a beer (/pizza) belly going on atm after a week long vacation completely focused on eating at restaurants and drinking my way through multiple cities ? . . Today I tried on some of the @zaful bikinis I bought awhile ago and felt kinda down about myself and the current state of my body and wasted some of my day feeling sorry for myself. I’ve been indulging myself a LOT more than usual lately and it definitely shows. Struggling with depression makes it extra hard to love myself and it’s been rly hard adjusting to the fact that as my youth slowly slips from my clutches I can no longer eat and drink and do whatever I want without gaining some weights. More often than not the results (or lack thereof) that we see are directly tied to not only the work we put in at the gym but what we consume. Makes sense, right? But I still have to remind myself that like every day . . I was whining to my boyfriend about gaining weight back after finally starting to lean out and his response made sense: Smooch (that’s my pet name lmao ?) you look great no matter what but you literally just went on a trip where the whole purpose was eating as much food as possible ? … so it makes sense that i might not look as lean right now as I want to, and at the end of the day I enjoyed every second of that trip and every morsel of food that I ate, and I’d take that over abs any day ?? I’ve never adhered to a super strict diet and probably never will because it’s just not me, so to set unrealistic expectations for my body that would require a super strict diet would be SILLY AS F. Im sure I’m not the only one who forgets this sometimes and still expects to have a six pack after consistently eating like crap ?? if only it worked that way, right?!?!?? . Point is, enjoy yo life. If you went to some bomb ass restaurants and made some great memories and gained a couple pounds because of it… who cares???
Enjoy life. Period.
7. Good Vibes And Good People
Bikinis Babies. We all have insecurities & niggles that bother us about our bodies, mine has always been my stumpy height, my stomach and thighs, but none of these matter to the people who matter & love us most. I'm so much better and grounded with all these incredible people that I have in my life. #bodypositive #mybeautifulladies #besties #cute #lakeside #lincolnshire #girlygetaway #betterwithmybesties #thankful #justbehappy
This is what summer is about: fun and friends.
8. Unleash your inner unicorn.
You go, girl.
9. Simple And Sweet
Dear body, Thank you. Love, me. #dearbodythankyou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bodypositive #bodypositivity #bopo #photoart #photomodel #photographer #photoart #photogenic #photoshoot #photography #travel #traveling #traveller #travelgram #travelling #travelblogger #travelphotography #travelholic #wanderlust #explore #adventure #beach #indie #vintage #instatravel #instaphotography #instastyle #fashion #indiefashion #love
Seriously, thank you.
10. Sometimes it starts with an apology.
Dear body, now that we’re best friends, I want to say I’m sorry. I’m sorry I hated you for what you can’t do, instead of loving you for what you can do. I’m sorry I got mad at you for stretching my skin and getting bigger when I was pregnant, instead of loving you for being able to grow two beautiful children. I’m sorry for not feeding you well, because I thought you weren’t beautiful enough. I’m sorry for my binge sessions, when I got mad at you for not responding fast enough to my diet. I’m sorry for not seeing how beautiful you are, comparing you to other bodies, from different people in different situations. Thank you for everything, for making it possible to be a strong, independent woman, for making me lift 90kg or more, for making me able to run, to swim and playing with my kids. For making it possible to do the job I love, being a personal trainer and coaching other women to a happy mind in a happy body. Thank you, and sorry. #bodypositive #fitmom #mombod #loveyourself #fitchick #fitgirl #weightloss #fatloss #personaltrainer #fitdutchies #fitfrenchies #momboss #bosslady #bossbabe #mompreneur #girlswholift #entrepreneur #oudenaarde #avelgem #belgium #shs #sportshealthstyle
11. Love Yo’self
12. Shine Bright
If you want, choose a swimsuit that is as bright as your inner light.
13. Journeys can impact you on multiple ways.
There are two ways of looking at this picture for me: ??? Option 1: I’m sweaty, red in the face, and look gross. ??? Option 2: I just walked up a sand dune and got to experience such an incredible view at a costal city in Chile. I thank my body for allowing me to experience this moment and this beautiful place. ??? So often we revert to option 1. Slowly I’m practicing reverting to option 2. It’s not easy but I’m not going to let a photo determine my worth or negatively affect my experience here in Chile. ???
14. Always Beach Body Ready
That’s exactly the kind of message we should be spreading.
15. Love every part of yourself.
Beautiful message. Beautiful photo. Beautiful look.
What are your tips for being more body positive? Let us know in the comments!
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