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 summer body goals really healthy ones?

These women are here to remind us that no matter what size or body type you are, you are 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 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 beautiful 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 self-esteem 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 do not follow the beauty trends depicted in social media. 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 their natural beauty 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
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3 years ago

Can't argue with logic!

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Erin
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3 years ago

I think vitiligo is beautiful.

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Jeannette Treusch
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3 years ago

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

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B Dus
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3 years ago

#ThatALotOfHashtags

Hans
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3 years ago

#TooMany

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Silent Skeleton
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3 years ago

badass afro hell yee

adoracat
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3 years ago

She has GORGEOUS hair, yes she does!

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Celestial Lynx
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3 years ago

She wears her figure beautifully 👌

LGI
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3 years ago

That hair is extreme - extremely fabulous

Moomooz
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3 years ago

I don't know why she reminded me of Garnet from Steven Universe

Jessica Jessica
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3 years ago

WOW that hair !

glowworm2
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3 years ago

Oh my gosh, this woman is fabulous!

My O My
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3 years ago

She's got hair!

Catherine Went
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1 year ago

I’m in awe of your hair!

Mélie Breton
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1 year ago

Dang girl!! Looking good! Makes me think of Garnet from Steven Universe 😲

Máire Breathnach
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1 year ago

8 hashtags is pretty tame for Instagram

Angenette Mercer
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1 year ago

What in the actual f$ck!!

Amra Chamberlain
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1 year ago

❤️👏🏼

Leah Tarrant
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1 year ago

wowee

Sue Prewitt
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1 year ago

LOVE the hair!!

Friedlander Rosenzweig
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1 year ago

Wow, I wish I looked that good!

Mark Jaress
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1 year ago

She killing it…

Darkiplier fanboy
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2 years ago

#Beautiful!! Flaunt it girl!😎

Jill C
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3 years ago

I am speechless. Stunning and fierce. Love it

Inwe David
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3 years ago

I'm more impress with her hair

Stacey Pearce
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3 years ago

Love her hair, stunning and pink really suits her as well. Beautiful lady.

Helene Signe Lund Bengtsson
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3 years ago

That hair doe! Its sa rel treasure.

Carol Roeder
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3 years ago

That's a lot of woman!

Amy Eales
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3 years ago

Okay this qween is a powerhouse. Slay woman.

Alvin J Frazier
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3 years ago

looks good to me

Susann Campbell
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3 years ago

BIG hair big boobs big butt. Perfect !

Lisa Chambers
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3 years ago

Impressive hair!!!

Ssss
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3 years ago

She is fabulous

Marina Antoniou
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3 years ago

That body is amazing.

Karolína T.
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3 years ago

She is amazing!

Inge Erasmus
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3 years ago

fabulous!

Kiahna
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3 years ago

The only thing that would make this girl cooler is rollerskates.

Chyppa Homer
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3 years ago

BIG ! But feminine and pretty.

Puppiesarepeopletoo
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3 years ago

girl, you are beautiful. do not let anyone make you feel different.

Eleanor Ragsdale
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh yeah, that's the best message to say to anyone, no matter what battle they're fighting (especially if it can be prevented or changed).

lazy_panda
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3 years ago

Beautiful!! <3

Shauday Smith
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3 years ago

Is her skin really that smooth? good lord.. such silky, much glow.

Rebekah
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3 years ago

I wish I had 1/36th of this woman's confidence.

Birchy Cat
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3 years ago

Fabulous

Molly Tallmadge
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3 years ago

SO frickin hot gurrrrllll

Ben Smith
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3 years ago

She's begging for attention

Isabelle Bishop
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3 years ago

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Coming from a man. Same old dame old.

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rehabisforquitters
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3 years ago

Big 'n bougie!

JacekEU
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2 years ago

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wtf? No, please, hide yourself, Think about children and my heart.

Dani Rumold
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3 years ago

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I applaude her self esteem, I dont applaude her unhealtyness. Sorry shes massivly overweight and theres nothing about it that that is acutally a thing to applaude to. This body isn`t hot, this body is a health problem. Ohh im overweight too, I know what im talking about. So please obisety isn't body positivity, its a massive health risk.

MammaG
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3 years ago

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Just be sure you're healthy so you don't risk co-morbidities associated with being overweight. Stay in the right weight range for your health and you're ready to rock.

Ellisa
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3 years ago

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Agreed - we shouldn't be celebrating obesity.

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Larkin Elliott (student)
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3 years ago

Beautiful in that swimsuit.

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JMQ
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3 years ago

Beautiful woman!

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MonsterMash
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3 years ago

Vavavoom! She’s a hottie !

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Rich Auntie Skeleton
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3 years ago

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

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Marika Stanway
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

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

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Mad Haberdasheress
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

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

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Meowton Mewsk
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Inner beauty = outer beauty She has it.

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JMQ
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3 years ago

She's so pretty!

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Linda Matheny
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3 years ago

That looks painful.

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Diane Lloyd
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3 years ago

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

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Clavelle
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1 year ago

Great picture!

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Marcelle
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Yasss!

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Eric Mikalo
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

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

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Yeetus Deletus
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2 years ago (edited)

she is absolutely beautiful! i'm glad that my fellow women are embracing our flaws as i have had body issues since i was 9

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Beth Arriaga
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

You look amazing, Right on!

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Coco
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3 years ago

So beautiful!

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Meowton Mewsk
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3 years ago

She looks pretty but more importantly happy and luxurious.

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Celestial Lynx
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

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

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Ellisa
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3 years ago

Great suit - super flattering!

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Diane Lloyd
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3 years ago

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

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GalaxyInAJar
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

I love that costume!! Ugh I want it.

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Eleanor Ragsdale
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3 years 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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pusheen buttercup
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3 years ago

OMG so true!!! People would tell me my whole life to smile, then when I gave them my natural, happy look, they told me to stop. Do they want a picture of a perfect you, or the actual you? I love photography, despite my negative experiences with it. And I won't force anyone to smile, because being told to smile now makes me frown. D:

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Janet Allison
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3 years 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
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3 years 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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