Last night, I was checking out my analytics and looked at what you guys are searching for on here. One of the hot topics in the last month… swim. I guess summertime and sunshine is on all of our minds.
Before you take a look at the swimsuits I’m loving now, I want to shed a light on what swim season brings with it. Diets, negative thoughts, and body shaming just to name a few. My guess is that you have a kind of love/hate relationship with the season lurking upon us and it’s because of false beliefs we have about ourselves and our bodies that have been shaped by the world as we know it.
You might even be thinking, “who are you to talk about this, you’re skinny.” Well friend, that too, is body shaming. Does being “skinny” make my insecurities less valid?
Listen guys, my point here is that body shaming happens at all levels and it is up to YOU to change the conversation you have with yourself and with your friends. If you want to see change, you have to be it. As cliche as that might be, it is 100% the truth which is why I choose to support brands like Aerie and Target that are trying to change this space by representing models of all sizes from all walks of life.
I don’t have a six pack and my hips are uneven due to scoliosis, but this body is healthy because I nourish it and give it exercise. It gets me out of bed in the morning. It allows me to do the things I want to do with my life. This body gives me the strength I need to walk through my day. This body lets me travel the world, climb mountains, swim in the ocean. This body lets me celebrate by drinking wine with friends, it gives me the ability to hug loved ones, and it gives me the ability to dance it out. I am so thankful for this body.
So when you’re thinking about buying swimsuits this year and start the try on process, I challenge you to look in the mirror and point out 3 things your body gives you, 3 things you truly love about the body you have. This year, I challenge you to find a suit that gives you joy and that allows you to walk with confidence.
Cheers rockstars to healthy bodies that give us the life we have,
PS- If you want to read a full post on body shaming and how you can change the conversation, click here.