Sun, sand and curves…oh my!

“Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body.” ― Golda Poretsky

This summer has been phenomenal! Last year’s revolution of summer curves has been in full effect this season. And more than ever curvies have not only donned their favorite fatkinis, but they are sharing photos of themselves all over social media. Hashtags like #losehatenotweight, #effyourbeautystandards, #everybodyisabeachbody, #honormycurves and #fatkini are filled with women rocking their swimsuits without apology…and it is beautiful!

It’s incredible how something as simple as hitting the beach or pool can be such an exhilarating act. The freedom of putting that swimsuit on and only caring about the right amount of spf is simply liberating.

I know some of you might be thinking: “What’s the big deal? Doesn’t everybody hit the beach in the summer?”. Well the answer is no, not every body does. Because society shames women into thinking that you can ONLY wear a swimsuit when your body has achieved the “right” look. Summertime is treated as a trophy for only the chosen few. Those that don’t meet the “summer body” requirements get to stay home and sweat it out under layers of clothes, with the company of their air conditioners as part of the consolation prize.

Truth is a lot of us have allowed this mentality to actually keep us from enjoying summer. So to those that might not fully understand the scope of seeing plus size women throwing caution to the wind while rocking their prettiest, brightest, most colorful swimsuits…YES! it is indeed a very BIG deal.

It’s proof we are realizing that, only we (women) can determine the worth of our bodies. It will no longer be determined by the media or society. If they don’t want to see our curves at the beach, the pool, the park– hell! anywhere we deem appropriate to wear that crop top, swimsuit or short dress because it’s hot as hell outside and we are tired of layering, then maybe they can be the ones to stay home. We’re done hiding and shrinking ourselves for the satisfaction of others. So be ready to see more of us curvaceous plus size women soaking up that fabulous sunshine –this and every summer.

Until next time my lovelies,

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 Illustration used in featured image for this post: via The Art of Victoria Evans

via The Art of Victoria Evans

To learn more about the talented Victoria Evans check out my interview with her on Artist à la Mode: Victoria Evans.

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