Ever noticed how there are two types of people at the beach: those who show off their bikinis proudly and those who are more ‘modest’? There are those who’ve worked hard to get that beach body, and then there are those who would rather jump off a cliff than be seen wearing a bikini.
Regardless of which category you fall into, you must always remember that other people’s opinions about your body should never affect the way you feel about yourself and whether you should show it all off or stay covered. The women we are about to show you, have experienced a lot of body shaming, but they’ve never let that affect their self-esteem. In fact, they’ve used their stories to inspire us to never hold back and let others take charge of how we think of themselves and our bodies.
1. Emma Meyer
Source: emmameyerhere via Instagram
“I went to post this and immediately thought: ‘Damn, that’s a lot of boob. What if it’s ‘too much’ for some people? What if I offend a follower?” Then I remembered that this body is my body and I can do what I damn well please with it. I can show it off, I can cover it up, I can share it, I can keep it to myself, I can work it out, I can rest it up, I can nourish it, I can even change it. I can do whatever the hell I want with it because it’s mine and no one else’s. All I’m saying is that you shouldn’t forget that how you move about the world in your body is YOUR choice. Wear the swimsuit. Eat the cheese. Show your tits if you want. Just don’t compromise simply to make OTHER people feel more comfortable with YOUR experience.”
2. May Touma
Source: amayzin via Instagram
I’m sure you’ve heard this already, but just in case you haven’t, remember that you can’t spell celluLITe without LIT. Embrace your body, love your body, be kind to your body and remember, if you would never say the negative things that you say to yourself to your loved ones, then why say it to yourself? You deserve to be loved and celebrated.
3. Sabrina Servance
Source: sabrinastyled via Instagram
I’m fat and my boyfriend is white. Get over it. There are far worse things happening on this planet. This constant conversation about health is absurd. What does that have to do with my swimsuit? What does it have to do with how my boyfriend loves me? Absolutely nothing. You look at pictures of me and assume that sit around eating and doing nothing. That’s untrue. But what if I did? It is none of your business. The thought of a happy fat person bothers so many people. And it’s stupid. I had an eating disorder for many years. I ruined my stomach trying to lose weight. And I lost weight. I was still plus size. People still called me fat. And the people who DID say I “looked amazing” had no idea that I was fainting from being hungry. That I would go home and cry myself to sleep because I couldn’t take it anymore. That I wanted to die because I was so depressed. But I “looked amazing”. Yet inside I felt like trash. I was doing what people wanted. I lost weight and lost myself. I will NEVER go back to that. I love myself so much now. I fought really hard to become the Sabrina you see today. I’m not the ideal standard of beauty. And I will never be. And I don’t ever want to be. I’m my own kind of beautiful. And screw you if you have an issue with my happiness. I lost a lot of time living for others. That I can’t get back. But I can keep living for ME. Please live. Please fight. DO YOU!!!
4. Morgan Mikenas
Source: i_am_morgie via Instagram
I stopped shaving because it was an inconvenience. It’s pointless. I feel like it’s an act of submission to the male-dominated culture we live in. I want to mindfully make decisions for myself, and make choices that serve my purpose. Shaving my legs makes me feel powerless. When you make decisions for others, specifically a decision that will make others see you a certain way, a way that culture has designed as ‘sexy and beautiful,’ you lose your power.
5. Jenna Kutcher
Source: Jenna Kutcher via Instagram
Someone once slid into my DMs and told me they couldn’t believe I had managed to land a guy as good looking as @kickingitwithkutch. I’ll be honest that I was taken aback.Part of my insecurity with my body has stemmed around being married to Mr. 6-Pack himself. Why should I, a curvy girl get him? I feel unworthy and when I write narratives in my head that because I am not thin, I don’t deserve him.This man has embraced every curve, every dimple, pound and pimple for the last ten years and has always me reminded me that I’m beautiful even when my inner dialogue doesn’t match. So yes, my thighs kiss, my arms are big, and my bum is bumpy but there is just more of me for him to love and I chose the man that could handle alllll that (and so much more!) I am so much more than my body, so is he, and so are you.”
6. Mara Martin
“I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!”
7. Kirsten Bosly
Source: 1MotherBlogger via Facebook
“The truth is, I’m tired of being ashamed of my body; it’s done nothing but support me for 41 years. . . So today I let go. I let go of the hatred and resentment of this body of mine and chose to enjoy it for what it is; my body. I asked The Pants to take this photo so the kids will remember us enjoying this day together, cellulite and all. No cover up. No board shorts. No “modesty” towel. No filters. Just us. Any you know what? I’m not ashamed. Really. I look at this photo and all I can see is how happy we are and that’s awesome. I finally feel free. . .”