Ending Body Hate and Embracing the Bikini

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While I was eating my breakfast this morning (plain yogurt with cinnamon, apples, and granola, if you were wondering), I saw a news story that I knew I had to share with y’all. Fashion blogger Gabi Gregg, a plus size beauty, posted some photos of herself on vacation in a bikini. She got so much positive feedback that she decided to make a gallery of photos of other women showing off their own plus-size bikini bods. It serves as a celebration of beauty in every size and encourages other women to embrace where they are right now, not where they were or where they want to be.

Now, some have criticized Gabi for promoting overweight and an unhealthy lifestyle, but I totally disagree. Yes, overweight and obesity are serious health concerns, but so is self-hate. So many women, including myself, feel uncomfortable in a bathing suit. Many let that uncomfortable feeling impact their enjoyment of summer-time activities. Some won’t even step foot in a pool or on a beach just because they don’t feel beautiful as they are. No one should miss out on their own life just because of their size. It’s important to remember that health is a journey, not a destination. You might see someone who is overweight and assume that they are unhealthy, when really the may eat clean, whole foods and exercise 5 days a week.

In addition, this message isn’t just for those who are overweight or obese. Many people, no matter how “perfect” the body, have their own hang-ups or insecurities. Everyone can learn something from this beautiful lady and her wonderful attitude. Nothing is sexier than confidence.

What do you think of Gabi’s bikini photos? Are you inspired to break out the bikini or do something else you’ve been afraid of?  Do you think her pictures promote overweight and obesity? Answer in the comments below. : )

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2 thoughts on “Ending Body Hate and Embracing the Bikini

  1. I think she look gorgeous in that swimsuit and hopefully this will help more people feel comfortable in bikinis regardless of their size. I was just talking to a friend about how we both think it’s ridiculous that it’s acceptable for overweight men that wear speedos to the beach, but not as acceptable for overweight women to wear bikinis to the beach. This part of our culture obviously needs to change! Like you said, weight doesn’t show how healthy a person really is.

    • Also, a lot of people think losing weight or getting more toned will fix all of their body insecurities, only to find they feel the same way even after they make those changes. It’s about a lot more than just a number on the scale.

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