This body hasn’t seen the likes of a bikini in years. Partially because I was never the bikini type. Not even in my teens or early 20’s. I wore them on occasion but I would quickly cover up or wear a shirt over it. I’m not ashamed of my body. I’m just modest. That’s just me.
As time when on and weight shifted, a bikini would never be in my arsenal. After my son was born, I developed the typical mom body.
The post baby body.
Big boobs (ok, bigger boobs), belly pooch, and love handles. Definitely not a bikini body.
Because no body wants to see that.
But evidently, they do.
Ashley Graham, the plus-size model is making her Sports Illustrated debut in an ad this February and she is freaking gorgeous! The 26 year old, size 16, model is the brand ambassador for swimsuitforall, who is launching the #CurvesInBikinis campaign.
In a recent interview Ashley Graham stated:
“I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone to know theirs are too.” “There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt”
Gone are the days where a size 2 is the norm. Today the average woman is a size 12.
As a mom and woman, I think Ashley Graham is an inspiration.
In today’s society, body image plays a very important role in our youth especially with young girls. With most “role models” today sporting a size 5 and under, young girls have an image in their minds of what they should look like. It is further reinforced by their mothers, family members, and peers that “fat” is bad.
A study conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality showed that hospitalizations for eating disorders in children under 12 increased by 119% between 1999 and 2006. More recent numbers are unavailable, but experts say the problem isn’t getting any better.
Ashley Graham also stated in her interview:
“There needs to be more education in schools, because that is where eating disorders start. It’s not just about being healthy; it’s about loving who you are”
I will admit, I have openly discussed my weight in front of my son. Something as innocent as saying “Do I look fat in this outfit?” can have lasting effects on a child. Complaining about your weight or discussing dieting in front of children can also impact a child’s view of one’s self. I vow to never to do that again.
Will I sport a bikini this summer? Probably not.
Has she inspired this 42 year old, curvaceous mom to consider it? You betcha!
She’s beautiful. Real. She’s just like me and you.
Why not a bikini?
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