Summertime is hard for many women, especially women who poke through the explore page of their Instagrams, checking out perfect-looking models with perfect-looking bodies, and letting that affect their self-worth.
We’ve all been there. (If you haven’t, screw you!)
Women are expected to have the ideal body, and are shamed and humiliated to no end if they DARE show their curves, stretch marks, “imperfect” boobs or butts in public. What was it Tina Fey said?
“Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”
Kim Kardashian simply isn’t the reality for most women, and that is not a bad thing. It’s just real life. Every body is a perfectly good, valuable, and important body. It’s real easy to forget that every day, when images of perfect-looking women assault your every sense.
Which is why we’ve compiled this list of badass, body-positive women who don’t GAF about your beauty standards, and are living life on their terms. Here are 17 FABULOUS women here to remind you that EVERY body is a BEACH BODY.
17. Christa Lynn:
The words thunder thighs hurt me so badly since very young. Why when thunder is strong, powerful, and demands respect. This is my body and my thighs are like, bam, right there 😂 #SummerMood #bodypositive #bodyposi #loveyourself #loveyourcurves #curvyfashion #curvylady #plussize #fullfigured #over40curves #over40 #celebratemysize #curvygirl #selfconfidence #dollartreehat #dollartreeglasses #everybodyisabeachbody #allbodiesaresummerbodies #fatbodiesHaveValue #livingthefloridalifestyle
Reclaim your body by owning it and being grateful for its power rather than hiding it and being ashamed of yourself. Thunder, after all, is “strong, powerful, and demands respect.”
16. Jessica Kane:
THIS WAS NOT BRAVE. I've been told how brave I am for not having a coverup, but going with out a wrap would only take bravery if I cared what others thought of me, but I don't. I spend my time worrying about things I CAN control and this day, I was only thinking about how fab I felt and how much sun I was catching ☀️👍 Things that DO take bravery? A family battling tragic illness, a mother trying to beat addiction, a person trying to break free of domestic violence, reaching out for help when you have already planned your suicide and feel like you can't breath one more day. THAT is brave. Not wearing a swimsuit at the beach. LIVE life and only worry about what really matters 💯. EDIT // can't believe the support and attention brought to this and thank you from bottom of my heart in helping spread the message to be human shouldn't be brave and to say so diminishes your value and theirs. Join in by sharing your picture with #thisisntbrave. And thank you fellow curvy pioneer @themarcyminute for taking this pic! 👉And keep up with my body diversity mission as I take over as Creative Director of Cool Gal Blue…full deets on my blog ❤️. Xo www.lifeandstyleofjessica.com
Fashion blogger Jessica Kane is totally over the idea that curvy girls are “brave” because they don’t cover their bodies up. What kind of sick, outdated way of thinking is THAT?
15. Ashley Graham:
“We are all real women. I can’t stand it when I read comments that say, ‘Finally, a real woman.’ No matter your size/shape/amount of cellulite, we are in this together.”
14. Sabrina Servance:
#tbt to when I walked the runway for @miamicurvesweek last year rocking @eloquii ! It was so awesome to do a fashion show with so many diverse body types. I can't wait to do it again this year! 😉 #XOQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #psmodel #bodypositive #fashionforwardplus #goldenconfidence #visiblyplussize #tcfstyle #effyourbeautystandards #honormycurves #plusmodelmag #pmmlovemybody #celebratemysize #FatNerd #whatfatgirlsactuallywear
This Instagram model and influencer knows that loving yourself is the most important thing of all, regardless of what anyone else thinks.
“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.”
13. May Touma:
“There is no wrong way to have a body,” writes May Touma. “Enjoy it, embrace it and celebrate it.” Her motto of Be Fearless, Be Bold, Be You, is one we can all learn from.
12. Megan Crabbe:
BREAKING NEWS: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT TO BE WORTHY OF WEARING A BIKINI THIS SUMMER. · I know that goes against every 'Get Beach Body Ready!' message you're seeing right now. Trust me, I used to believe those messages too. I used to spend every single summer starving and sweating to get the body on the left, telling myself that I was only allowed to be seen in swimwear once I'd hit that goal weight (and even once I did, it still wasn't enough). Not once did I ever hear the message that you don't have to shrink your body to deserve a summer in the sunshine. · Which is why I'm telling you now, so that you know the truth: you do not have to lose weight to be worthy of wearing a bikini. · This year I didn't set a goal weight to hit before my holiday. And I didn't sit by the pool sucking my stomach in and worrying what everyone else thought about my body either. I just went. I laughed and played and ate and swam and wore every damn bikini I own without changing my body one bit. And guess what? It was so much better than all the self hatred filled holidays that came before. · Because the only thing I really needed to lose through all those years wasn't weight. It was the bullshit idea that a bikini body is something that you have to earn, when in reality I had one all along. We all have bikini bodies already, and we all deserve a summer in the sunshine. 💜💙💚🌈🌞 #bodypositivepower
The body positive blogger, feminist, and model said it best in her own caption. “BREAKING NEWS: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT TO BE WORTHY OF WEARING A BIKINI THIS SUMMER.”
11. Katrina Brown:
Brown was “nervous” to wear her first ever two-piece bikini…”but man, was it wonderful.” Face your fears, and forget what everyone else thinks. All that matters is how YOU feel.
10. Allison Kimmey:
Hey babes!! This is a repost of an important conversation I had with my daughter that subsequently reached over 18 million people. While it has been an amazing learning tool for adults – I have chosen to use this moment as an opportunity to create a body confidence children's book. ⭐️⭐️I am seeking an illustrator for the book that has a passion for BoPo and spreading the message of self love to children. ⭐️⭐️ This is a low budget self-published passion project, trying to do my very best with limited resources! I am looking for fun, colorful and whimsy, not too lifelike, more of a cute cartoon character that's sweet and charismatic. I would love it to be a young woman that is really fun to work for possible future collaborations as well. If you're interesting in submitting a sample to be considered as the illustrator for the project please send portfolio of a visual illustration of my daughter and I, like in this photo, using the contact button in my profile along w a short bio! The premise of the story line is based on this conversation: ❣️IT MATTERS HOW WE TALK TO OUR DAUGHTERS ABOUT OUR BODIES! ❣️ Today while I was laying at the pool with my daughter: Her: "Why is your tummy big mama?" Me: "What do you mean baby?" Her: "These lines, mama." (Pointing to stretch marks on my tummy) Me: "oh those are my stretch marks!" Her: "Where do they come from?" Me: "well when I was a little older than you, I got some stripes when I grew really fast! And some of these stripes are from when I had you growing in my tummy" Her: looking inquisitively Me: "They are shiny and sparkly, aren't they pretty?" Her: "yes, I like this one the best, it's so glittery. When can I get some?" Me: "oh you will get your glitter stripes when you get a little bit older baby!" They are listening. They are asking. And it is up to YOU to help them shape how they will feel about these things! Will you continue the shame that society has placed on you? Or will you teach her a new way of love? I choose love 💕💕💕 Just do you Xoxo Allie
For Kimmey, is it of utmost importance to set a body-positive example for her daughter. “IT MATTERS HOW WE TALK TO OUR DAUGHTERS ABOUT OUR BODIES!” she writes. “They are listening. They are asking. And it is up to YOU to help them shape how they will feel about these things! Will you continue the shame that society has placed on you? Or will you teach her a new way of love?” WE CHOOSE LOVE!
9. Simone Mariposa:
“My body’s always swimsuit ready.” WORDS TO LIVE BY.