On Monday night, I was lucky enough to see one of my favorite female artist’s live in concert. JoJo has been on repeat for years, but especially since she released her album, “Mad Love” last year. Not only are her vocals out of this world, but she focuses heavily on some things that are incredibly important to me: body positivity and self love. I’m so blessed to be living in an era where these subjects are truly coming to the surface and there are so many campaigns focused on bringing confidence to those who struggle with self worth and negative body image. I know that even just a few years ago, these were topics that weren’t touched on in the slightest.
All that being said, I still get negative remarks sometimes when I say that I’m a “body positive blogger.” People scoff as they look me up and down and say “of course you are, you’re tiny!” Sure, I’m thin, but that doesn’t mean I’m in love with my body at every moment of every day. In past posts, I’ve mentioned that I had a severe eating disorder in high school. I now have a reminder of my recovery in the form of a little tattoo on my hip (you can see it just slightly through the crochet). Let it be known that I was already thin at that point in time, but it didn’t keep me from thinking I wasn’t. Let it also be known that I am still thin and there are some days I wish I wasn’t. No matter what shape or size you are, if you have stretch marks or cellulite (or both, like me), there will be someone saying you’re not “ideal” and you should change. If you come away with anything from this post, let it be that you don’t need to change a thing. You are beautiful exactly the way you are, and it’s something to be proud of!
For some, swimsuit season has already arrived. For me, it’s fast approaching. This is a season I tend to dread every year. Despite my extra time at the gym the past few months, my legs still aren’t quite as toned as I’d prefer, and my chest hasn’t dramatically increased in size (laugh all you want, but I’m the CEO of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee)! However, despite all my body woes, I’ll be shamelessly putting on a bikini and soaking up the sun very soon. I believe that no matter what size you are, you have a “bikini body” and you gotta rock it! I know I’ll be rocking mine in this darling, crochet, high-waisted ‘kini from Adore Me, all summer long!
Just as I did last year, I’m taking a pledge this swimsuit season to not retouch any of my bikini photos. I believe that my body is worth being celebrated, and yours is too! So if you believe that, will you take this pledge with me? Spend a summer free of any inhibitions or need for “perfection” – I mean, what is perfect anyways? I say it’s the beautiful body you’ve been given, so let’s ooze confidence in it this year!
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