I’ve been debating this post for well over a week now but I’m determined to do it… mainly for myself. I’ve been looking for swimmers for the last couple of months. I’ve stalked plus size forums and blogs for recommendations but nothing really seemed like me and the pieces that did were usually over $200 and I just don’t have that kind of money to part with at the moment so like most frugal ladies I checked out eBay and found a gem… one I want to share it with you, in all my cellulite filled glory. Brace yourself because I haven’t edited my ass, removed dimples or trimmed my arm fat. Honestly, all I’ve done is alter the exposure a little. I wanted to keep it raw, to keep it real.
Steve took the photos and Aidan acted as “Stylist” for the shoot… actually I think he wanted to run away with my new $17.50 sequin heart tote from Target, he likes shiny things. The sarong is one I’ve had for years and years so I have no idea where it came from and the earrings were a steal, $3 from Equip and I also got them in blue. The bangle is my old favourite from City Chic and as usual I’m wearing my awesome “Danimezza” necklace. The swimsuit (MrK) was $26.50 BNWT including postage on eBay.
I remember when I was skinny (way back when) I’d never dare wear a bikini, always opting for the one piece and boardshorts and even tshirts as well for some unknown reason. Funny how the body I was ashamed of then, is the body I’m now trying to reclaim. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate my body, it’s the social shaming that makes me squeemish, that those who aren’t in my shoes think it’s ok to sneer, to talk me down so they can talk themselves up… I’m allowed to wear a swimsuit and feel good wearing it, just as much as the next person. So I’m going to be brave and bare all to internet to make my point…
I like that this suit sits high up my back as it feels more supportive and sure, my girls aren’t exactly up where I’d like them to be but that’s what my boobs look like, having the halterneck gave a bit of extra support too. This isn’t exactly something I’d wear to take Aidan to swimming lessons I’d wear my Speedo ones for that, this is more of a leisure piece. I did consider a last minute spray tan before taking these photos but I hate fake tan and the whole point was to be real, to be me… plus I like sleeping on white linen too much.
This isn’t about fat activism, this isn’t about chubby love, it’s not even a self loathing post… it’s just pictures of me in a swimsuit with a simple message: “It’s summer, you should wear a swimsuit and feel good in it too, no matter your shape or size of your bank account“.
I’d love to hear your comments (please be kind) but what I’d love even more is for you to toddle off back to your blog and upload photos of you in a swimsuit and share with your readers, I’ve even added a Linky so when you’re done you can share it here. The Linky will be open for the next couple of weeks if you have to talk yourself into it like I did but trust me it’s worth it, by the end of it I felt completely empowered.
Embrace Summer ~ Embrace Your Body