Swimsuit by MonifC

Swimsuit by MonifC

Pssst! Want to know how to get a bikini body, extra fast? You have a body. Drape it in two pieces of fabric cut to cover your breasts and butt—voila! Instant bikini body!

Still skeptical? Five very compelling reasons why you should at least think about wearing a bikini this summer, no matter your size.

1) Because Your Body is Beautiful. I’m not spewing generic “love your body” rhetoric here. I’m not trying to convince you that you aren’t as fat as you think are, either. (You probably are just as fat as you seem in your head.) I’m saying that none of that matters. Your fat, your stretch marks, your inny, your outy, your cellulite, your visible disabilities, your hyperpigmented knees, your back acne—it’s all good. I am 100 percent certain that there’s beauty in every shape and size. You have nothing to be ashamed of and no part of your body inherently needs to be hidden behind fabric.

2) Because Even If You Don’t Believe #1, You Don’t Owe Us Beauty. Let’s say, theoretically, that I’m wrong: Your body is not beautiful. It’s ugly, it’s misshapen, it is not, in any way, “summertime fine.” Well, you should wear a bikini anyway. You don’t owe anyone perfection or thinness or beauty. (Not that those three qualities are synonymous, anyway.) You don’t owe it to yourself. You don’t need to be striving or struggling or working towards some elusive, prescribed perfection, either. You can just be yourself and not have to hide. No piece of clothing is reserved for people possessing what Us Weekly deems a perfect body.

3) Because You Can Find One That Fits. It never occurred to me to wear a two-piece swimsuit before last year because the places where I’d go to find swimwear—Target, Forever 21 and run-of-the-mill department stores—didn’t offer them in my size. Even if I could somehow fit the bottom, I need serious support up top, not just a couple of strings. For women who wear a size 12 or larger, or for smaller women with very curvy frames, online retailers are the way to go for bikinis. Monif C’s beautiful, albeit expensive, collection of swimwear is awe-inspiring every season, but the pieces, particularly the two pieces separates, sell out quickly. ModCloth, Lane Bryant and Swimsuits for All (including the uber-popular “GabiFresh” collection) are great places to look, also.

4) Because The More Bikinis We Buy, The More Retailers Will Have to Make. Summer is rough on my wallet. While my straight-sized friends and family can jaunt anywhere, literally anywhere, and wriggle into a $20 swimsuit, I have to search high and low for something flattering, with a little ruching and some cup support. And when I find what I love, it’s going to cost me at least triple or quadruple what they pay. Part of the reason is that there are only a handful of places that sell stylish plus-size swimwear. Gabi Gregg’s five-piece collection for Swimsuits for All featured a two-piece that sold out in mere hours. Some waited up all night to spend their money on clothing that made them feel and look great. Despite some ideas about how plus-size clothing affects a brand—ahem, Abercrombie, ahem—most in the clothing business are, well, business people, and they’re looking for how people want to spend their cash.

5) Because You’ll Inspire Someone Else to Love (Or at Least, Like) Their Body. Like countless fat girls before me, I never even thought of revealing my round belly on the beach before stumbling across this image of fashion blogger Gabi Gregg—fit, fly and fine in a two-piece. The more I see women my size, or closer to my size, wearing all sorts of clothes that are typically thought to be off-limits for fat women, the more normal it seems. Now, you have no obligation to inspire, but if you choose to go tummy out this summer, you undoubtedly will. (If you’re looking for a little fatspiration yourself, just search “fatkini” on Tumblr and behold the beauty!)

  • L

    I love the Gabi Fresh swimwear line and that Monif C. Swimsuit in the picture is fabulous too. People have to realize that no mattter your size, shape, what you wear, how you look…. there will always be someone out there with something to say. That’s why I don’t live my life tiptoeing for other people. If I want to wear a bikini, I’ll wear a bikini… stretch marks, big booty, stomach pooch and all.

  • Evangeline

    Great Post!

  • http://twitter.com/NicT10 NicT (@NicT10)

    Yeah, in other countries, I feel as if you see a lot less body policing, so you’ll see people of all sizes happily wearing whatever the heck they want on the beach. I’ve seen pics of people I know from Puerto Rico and Brazil and people of all sizes rock bikinis, Speedos, and other tiny swimsuits and a)you notice that no one cares or is in their business the way that people here would be and b)they look totally happy and comfortable.
    We seem to enjoy making people feel like they should hide in a cave if they are not hot. But why does anyone else get to decide that?

  • donnadara

    And please don’t start that, this is not promoting a healthy diet, blah, blah, blah. While you are working on getting healthy, you don’t have to wear a tent.

  • Smilez_920

    Wear what makes you happy, but also wear what looks best on YOU!!!!!! That bathing suit on the model in the picture up top, not only looks good, but it looks good on the model.

  • MimiLuvs

    Recently, I had gone through a ‘body breakthrough’.
    Just last weekend, I was looking through a few of my family photo albums, when it struck me. I was viewing some photos of my teenaged self in a swimsuit. The pics were taken during a family outing to Rockaway Beach.
    I remember feeling absolutely miserable on that day. I was super self-conscious and insecure of my body type, on that day. I didn’t hate my body… But I didn’t like it either.
    I thought that my body looked too “mannish” and not “petite and feminine”. When it comes to my body type, I had taken after the women on my dad’s side of the family: thick long legs, high booty, a belly pounch that is low, big boobs, a short torso, a strong back with matching shoulders, no distinctive pair of hips, a short neck and naturally-toned arms.
    I was tall like the women on my mother’s side. Since the age of nine, I’ve been 5’6.
    Plus, everybody always complimented my physical strength and treated me like “I was a boy”.
    I really wanted to be like the other girls, like my friends: short, petite, curvy and “feminine”.
    Now, I have come to the realization that I did have a feminine body. I indeed had the body that I wanted.
    Plus, I had come to terms that my body didn’t change over the years. I am a little taller (I’m 5’8 3/4), I weighed the same pounds and I still wear the same size… So I have the same body.
    I keep that picture inside of my bedroom and it is taped to my dresser’s mirror (yea, I am old-school with my picture arrangements). I use the pic as a reminder.

  • BeHappy!

    I love all these pointers. Great article!

    I just wanted to add to #5 that you will not only inspire someone to love their body, but your happiness [freedom] will rub off as well.

    I visited a water park a few years ago. Prior to then, I have never witness such a “carefree-living life” moments in my life. The people [from ALL walks of life] didn’t care what they had on. Women wear two-pieces and men walked around with no shirt with their bellys hanging out. It was clear they were just there to enjoy themselves and their families. We did laugh at some of the people and even said – “put something on”. But by the time we left the park, the comments stopped. Looking at people “truly” enjoying life, laughing, and having fun overshadowed what they wear.

    I guess my point is: have KRAZY fun this summer, [live life] and don’t worry about what you have on so much and what other people will think. If you never wore a two-piece and you WANT to, heck – put on one just b/c you can.

  • Charlie

    Love this! I don’t know where this notion that we all should look a certain way came from, but we aren’t supposed to all look the same. It’s okay to be different.

  • Chacha

    I think anyone should wear a bikini if they want to. I haven’t worn one since I was much younger, and up until last week, I swore that I never would, but I’m going to wear one on a cruise this fall.

    Off topic: That model reminds me of a Rihanna in the face.

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  • http://gravatar.com/ceecollegegal CeeCee

    I love this article! I am a size 8 and I need a new swimsuit; I like some of the suits on the website, but I am so afraid to wear a two-piece. BTW, the model in the picture is absolutely beautiful.

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  • http://ashleyscwalls.com Ashley S.C. Walls

    LOVE IT!

  • Misha

    Swimsuitsforall.com also has some baaaaddd swimwear for, well, for all :)

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