“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
“I’m choosing healthy over skinny”
courtesy elizabeth peace “Eight weeks prior to this photo being taken, I was constantly bloated and way out of shape. My husband was deployed and I was really struggling with taking care of my health properly while working constantly and raising kids without him. I also am a volunteer who teaches child sex abuse prevention classes for parents, and a friend of mine was the former Mrs. Virginia. She talked me into joining the pageant and getting involved in Beachbody to get in shape. The photo was me winning the fitness award, and the crown, two months later. Since then, I realized how much I loved the world of health and fitness and am now helping others. I am finishing my certification this summer to teach fitness classes in person at our current duty station. Since then, I’ve learned a great deal about nutrition and have started lifting weights so I could focus more on ‘healthy’ as opposed to skinny and actually, I gained three pounds. I took myself from a place where I felt out of shape, and I was, but also I did something I didn’t know was possible.” —Elizabeth Peace