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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MammaG
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2 years ago

You look great. The idea is to be healthy. As long as your doctor says you're okay, go nuts.

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C.Marrero
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2 years ago

I don't want to be rude but how did this happen

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MammaG
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2 years ago

You seem perfectly fit.

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MammaG
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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.

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MammaG
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2 years ago

As long as you're healthy, be yourself.

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My O My
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2 years ago

I never seen it that way - thank you so much!

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MammaG
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2 years ago

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Again, that suit makes you look heavy because it is way, way too small for you.

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Rich Auntie Skeleton
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2 years ago

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

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MammaG
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2 years ago

As long as you're healthy, be yourself.

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MammaG
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2 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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2 years ago

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

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MammaG
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2 years ago

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Wait a minute. You're putting glitter on your stretch marks? WTF? It's one thing to be unashamed, but you're nuts if you think they're attractive. So dumb. Should I put glitter on my acne scars, too? It's idiotic.

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As long as you're healthy, be yourself. Just be sure to get checkups to maintain health.

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Celestial Lynx
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2 years ago

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! 😍☺ 💕😁

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My O My
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2 years ago

So true

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C.Marrero
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2 years ago

Good luck on your book!

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MammaG
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2 years ago

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It isn't brave to wear a suit that is too small and let it sit in your ass crack.

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Chyppa Homer
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2 years ago

That is one heeeeedious, pink bathing suit. Change that and you're good

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Clavelle
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1 year ago

Great picture!

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MammaG
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2 years ago

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If you got some straps for supporting your breasts and bottoms that fit well, you would be looking 100. Your stretch marks are rather unfortunately discolored, though. A better suit will help minimize their exposure. The last thing you want is skin cancer on that delicate skin.

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Lois
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2 years ago

What a hideous backdrop to a stunning portrait.

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Eric Mikalo
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2 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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2 years ago

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

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Yeetus Deletus
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1 year 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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My O My
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2 years ago

Go girl!

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MammaG
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2 years ago

You look amazing, Right on!

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Coco
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2 years ago

So beautiful!

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MammaG
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You keep posting in these suits that are not your size. Are you mixing them up with a daughter's, maybe? Find one that fits and you'll look great.

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MammaG
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Oh no. Did your straps break? Women with ample bosoms really need mice, wide straps for proper support. And that bottom isn't your size, either. Just start over with a better suit.

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Diane Lloyd
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2 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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2 years ago

Great suit - super flattering!

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Diane Lloyd
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2 years ago

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

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GalaxyInAJar
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2 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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2 years ago

I love that costume!! Ugh I want it.

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Eleanor Ragsdale
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2 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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Leslie Smith
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2 years ago

You go, girl... kudos!!

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Janet Allison
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2 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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Patti
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2 years ago

Please tell me that's a swimsuit top, not a sports bra.

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