Really sound advice coming from a girl who posed in lingerie for Maxim’s cover girl contest last year, am I right? I completely understand why you’d disregard the advice I’m about to give you, but just hear me out…
The world has sexualized the woman’s body for far too long. Women are made to feel ashamed of their bodies. We’re either too skinny, or too curvy, the comments are always the same, “She looks anorexic, she’s gained so much weight… I can’t believe she’d post that”. Sure, the average person doesn’t deal with comments from trolls because no one’s mean enough to actually post it. However, I’ve heard the comments in the real world. I’ve had friends tell me that they couldn’t deal with the swimwear photos anymore (w.e that means) and I’ve had family members say slick comments at a BBQ about how thin they thought I’ve gotten, as if my body was a topic for conversation. I’ve also been told that I was getting fat, and maybe I should switch to board shorts this year…
I’ll admit these blows hurt when I was an un-confident young teen. Now, these comments roll off my broad shoulders with ease and they should roll off yours too. With more confident, self-loving women like Lizzo, and Camille Kostek coming to the spotlight, you should feel inspired to post that banging, click-bate-selfie in your swimsuit this summer, regardless of what “shape” you’re in. Camille Kostek was told she wasn’t fit for the modeling industry and that she’d never make it. Well, if Camille read into every shameless troll’s fat shaming comments, she wouldn’t be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, now would she?
You’re great just the way you are, now! If you can’t learn to love every inch of rolls, stretch marks, poking out rib cages or violin hips when will you? Don’t feel like you can’t post a photo in your bikini until you’ve lost some weight, or gotten a peach bootie, and if you want to keep your swimwear body hidden, that’s your right, and I respect that. I just want you to know that there’s no reason to be afraid of what people think anymore. The only thing that matters is your inner positivity towards your body.
Here’s Lizzo’s interview with Paper Magazine, where she explains her struggle with unlearning societies view on “Big Women” and growing to love herself.
Post it, you look hot,
That Tall Redhead