“This body kicked cancer to the curb”
courtesy Pablo Solomon “This photo made me feel good about myself because at that time I was recovering from cervical cancer. The photos were so encouraging because I looked so healthy. And it is fun to hear people who see the photos now compare them—especially the back view—to Kim Kardashian, calling me her prototype.” —Beverly Solomon
“Life is too short to hate your body”
courtesy house of winter “When I put on a bikini it represents my taking the power back to love my body after years of being body shamed and bullied. It’s empowering as a plus-size woman to proudly wear garments deemed unsuitable just because I weigh more. This bikini is my statement to the world that I will not be ashamed of my body, that I will take up space and wear whatever I please. Life is too short to spend it hating your body and summers are too hot to hide under layers so I hope this photo helps inspire women to go out and rock that bikini they have been dreaming of whatever size they may wear!”—Kat Stroud
“I’m proud of my natural beauty”
courtesy Katie Niemiec “While I have a personal style blog, I don’t typically post images of myself in swimsuits for fear of people’s comments. However, I was excited about a recent swim purchase and had to take a few snaps. What I love most about this image is how beautiful my freckles look! I tend to not realize how much I cover them when I put makeup on, but after seeing this image, I’ve been trying keep my make up much more natural especially during the summer months.” —Katie Niemiec. These natural makeup tricks will let your beauty shine through.