“Oh crap, it’s swimsuit season.” If you’re a woman, you may have had that thought more than once in your life, and so have I. Another summer, another new swimsuit that needs to be purchased, another year that you wished you had lost that extra weight. This year, I banished those negative thoughts completely. I recently partnered with Surania, a company that’s catering to every woman’s (as well as man and child’s) swimsuit desire by allowing you to customize your own pieces. Not only do you get to choose the style of suit – from one pieces, to separates, to beach dresses – but you decide on the patterns and colors of your ‘kini too. Once you’ve finally put together your dream beach wear, you can enter your exact measurements for a set that’s tailor-made for your body. I’ve always struggled with ordering bikinis online because my bottom is bigger than my top, but if I order a medium bottom, it covers my booty but falls off my waist. When I received this swimsuit from Surania, I was pleased to find that it fit me perfectly, and stayed on just fine even while I played in the ocean!
A while back, Target introduced their swimsuit campaign, and asked all the ladies who represented the brand to post their #NOFOMO pictures on Instagram. Just a couple months later, Aerie asked ladies to keep it #AerieReal and post all their swimsuit pictures without retouching them on Instagram. To Die For Swimwear doesn’t touch up their models (they also make a point in saying they work with only healthy models) and they donate to international foundations against eating disorders. More and more each year, the fashion industry is pushing us towards body acceptance, especially when it comes to this tricky, skin-bearing season. I’ve taken a pledge, not for any company, but for myself, to accept and love the body I’ve been given – stretch marks, cellulite, curves (or lack thereof) and all – and I’m not going to spend my summer comparing my body to all the other ladies when I go to the beach or pool because we’re all beautiful and deserve to be celebrated. As part of this, I promise that I will never edit or retouch the size or shape of my body on my blog or any social media platform. I may erase a couple of acne marks on my face here and there, but whenever you see my bikini body, that’s 100% real. Who’s going to take this pledge with me?
This post is all about body positivity and feelin’ good. From swimsuits that fit your gorgeous bod perfectly, to promising to love yourself during the summer and the rest of the year, I hope you walk away encouraged after reading this. Today is the first day of summer, and in my opinion, summer is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. So put on that bikini, eat that ice cream cone, stick your toes in the sand, and soak up the sun. It’s time to party now, babes!
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