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?


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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 2 weeks ago

Can't argue with logic!

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Erin 2 weeks ago

I think vitiligo is beautiful.

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Jeannette Treusch 2 weeks ago

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

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B Dus 2 weeks ago

#ThatALotOfHashtags

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Larkin Elliott (student) 2 weeks ago

Beautiful in that swimsuit.

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JMQ 2 weeks ago

Beautiful woman!

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MonsterMash 2 weeks ago

Vavavoom! She’s a hottie !

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Rich Auntie Skeleton 2 weeks ago

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

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Marika Stanway 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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