Summer is just around the corner, and so the gyms are filling up and people are pounding the pavements, trying to get 'beach ready' and achieve the perfect 'bikini body.' Exercise is always a good habit to get into and should always be encouraged, but are these goals really healthy ones?

These women are here to remind us that no matter what size or shape you are, your body is always ready for the beach, and every body is a bikini body if you are wearing a bikini. Chelsea Duarte, also known as Cococurve in the list below, gave us her take. “A bikini body is a usually a goal for most women and they differ vastly, as women are very happy being all different shapes and sizes,” she told Bored Panda. “Your conventional magazine airbrushed body is usually the first thought when trying to shape up for summer but that’s not desirable or achievable for all women. I have a plus size, large frame but my confidence in a bikini comes from within.”

“Growing up, I think every girl has body confidence issues but I told myself from a very young age to never hate myself.  I always love whatever state my body forms to and respect myself. I don’t hate my body, I don’t give negativity the time of day. I can change if I want to but I’m happy the way I am. Young girls aren’t going to see me and want to aspire to be my size, but they may just learn to love and accept themselves sooner when they see someone like me doing it.”

The fashion world is evolving and becoming more inclusive, with a huge variety of plus-size clothing now available and plus-size models encouraging women to embrace their curves. Chelsea finds the choices and freedom to express herself inspiring. She has taught herself self-love over the years, and chooses to treat her body as though it is a flower growing from a root. “You must take care of it, nourish it to grow, allow the elements to take control and always respect the time it takes to become really something special,” she told us. “Self hate only breeds more hate. No matter how your body forms or how much the ground has to bear of your weight, does it really matter? The heart is what makes you who you are.”

So join Chelsea and these other inspiring women as they explain why simply wearing a bikini is not an act of bravery, and why skin conditions, stretchmarks and cellulite are all part of being human and nobody should feel the need to cover themselves for the sake of others. Go to the beach full of joy and confidence this summer!

(h/t: Delish)

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Dian Ella Lillie 8 months ago

Can't argue with logic!

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Erin 8 months ago

I think vitiligo is beautiful.

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Jeannette Treusch 8 months ago

I'm following her Instagram for a very long time now. She's awesome.

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B Dus 8 months ago

#ThatALotOfHashtags

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Larkin Elliott (student) 8 months ago

Beautiful in that swimsuit.

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JMQ 8 months ago

Beautiful woman!

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MonsterMash 8 months ago

Vavavoom! She’s a hottie !

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Rich Auntie Skeleton 8 months ago

She's probably worked harder than most in order to achieve her goal. You go girl!

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Marika Stanway 8 months ago

I don’t think it’s anyone’s business but yours, if you want to wear bikini or not. My self confidence was destroyed a long time ago by a man and now social media and media in general are slowly chipping away what ever was left of it. Every day I wish SO hard, that I could just be a happy person and that this anxiety would just be a memory...

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MammaG 8 months ago

Your body is fine. Your suit is many sizes too small. It makes you look much heavier than you really are.

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MammaG 8 months ago

Plus size? Sorry, but no. I bet you're not overweight on any medical chart.

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Mad Haberdasheress 8 months ago

One summer I drew tiger stripes on my stretch marks, as I feel that they are marks of my strength and stamina. Certainly nothing to be ashamed of! Glitter, color, tattoos, whatever aids in you embracing your body and ALL of its features - whether others want to see them or not - you do it! It's YOUR body, love it for all its glory! <3

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Molly Block 8 months ago

This photo is amazing! She looks perfect in that swimsuit. It was meant for her!

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Meowton Mewsk 8 months ago

I don’t care about her nutrition as long as she isn’t hurting anyone. She looks right for her swimsuit. And happy.

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Meowton Mewsk 8 months ago

Inner beauty = outer beauty She has it.

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JMQ 8 months ago

She's so pretty!

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Linda Matheny 8 months ago

That looks painful.

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Diane Lloyd 8 months ago

You forgot to mention that besides all the affirmations, you look G-D good in pink!!!

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Marcelle 8 months ago

I believe she colored her stretch marks- like a fashion thing. They look different colors like make-up maybe.

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Coco 8 months ago

Yasss!

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Eric Mikalo 8 months ago

At least i can relate to her statement. What matters is how one wears something, not just wearing it. you might look ridiculous trying to 'prove a point' while you could have worn something that you actually look good in.

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Patti 8 months ago

No comment Mamma? She's wearing a well fitting suit

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Beth Arriaga 8 months ago

I love these posts. I love and envy their confidence. Due to medical reasons, I'm the opposite end of spectrum. I get told daily to 'eat a sandwich' and older ladies feel the need to pat me on the hand and say, 'honey, you're too thin, you don't look good and need to gain some weight.' Really!? I had no clue! I want to eat! I'd love to eat! But a sandwich doesn't fit in the feeding tube stuck in my side.... I'm not seeking sympathy, just wishing people understood that body shaming hurts no matter which end of the spectrum it is. I know I don't look healthy - I'm NOT healthy but I'm trying to get there. I'm too thin, and it's not attractive, I know that. You telling me to eat doesn't change anything. Just like telling someone NOT to eat doesn't change anything. Why can't we just be nicer to each other? Why is that so difficult?

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MammaG 8 months ago

You look amazing, Right on!

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Coco 8 months ago

So beautiful!

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Meowton Mewsk 8 months ago

She looks pretty but more importantly happy and luxurious.

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Celestial Lynx 8 months ago

Oh how wonderfully beautiful she looks in that bikini! She makes IT look gorgeous (not the other way around) ☺

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Diane Lloyd 8 months ago

Mine too! I LOVE to swim and hang out at the beach OR the pool. YAY summertime!!

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Ellisa 8 months ago

Great suit - super flattering!

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Diane Lloyd 8 months ago

Wearing this bikini like it's my job. LOVE IT!!!

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GalaxyInAJar 8 months ago

You go, there shouldn't be such a problem with worrying about body image but I known we all do it and so do I, this is a wonderful and inspiring statement

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Becca The Bear 8 months ago

I love that costume!! Ugh I want it.

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Eleanor Ragsdale 8 months ago

If the people who shame other's bodies had some compassion and saw this picture, they'd see a mom who loves her children, not a person whose body is wrong. I see a mother. You are wonderful no matter how you look, people love you just the same.

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Leslie Smith 8 months ago

You go, girl... kudos!!

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Janet Allison 8 months ago

Your statement makes me so sad. I agree that it is important to share pictures of bodies like yours (which is flawless btw!) but it saddens me that we need to make a point to share them. That anyone would be ashamed to share vacation pictures of themselves because some jerk along the way made them feel that their body was wrong. There will always be superficial jerks out there. We just need our positivity and acceptance to be louder than than the other crap.

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pusheen buttercup 8 months ago

I got cellulite, stretch marks, but am not plus size and have not had children, it's good to get in some self confidence before I have to deal with tiny offspring. A thank you to these women for the reminders of what truly matters.

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