“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.
“I love my post-baby body”
Courtesy-De-Bolton, Fitness Blogger/www.FaithFueledMoms.com “I am empowered because there was a point when I first started this weight-loss journey that I didn’t even aspire to put on a bikini. Eighty pounds ago, I just wanted to be able to go up and down my stairs without needing a nap to recover. Here I am two year later, not only wearing a bikini but one I feel confident wearing. Stretch marks, cellulite, dimples, and ripples—I could care less about showing them because I earned them. I stopped striving for perfection along this weight-loss journey and began to love the body I was given and appreciate all that it can do. This mama of three little divas will confidently show her tiger marks this summer in my bikini.” —De Bolton