In case you didn’t know already: every body is a bikini body. The body-positive message has been reinforced consistently over the last few years, but with bullying and body-shaming not going away anytime soon, there is still a need for reminders.

Actress Mindy Kaling is the latest to fly the flag of self-love, uploading pics on Instagram of her proudly rocking a bikini along with the message: “WEAR A BIKINI IF YOU WANT TO WEAR A BIKINI. You don’t have to be a size 0!”

In a video accompanying the photos, Kaling explained where her love for wearing bikinis with a carefree attitude began.

“What I was struck about Hawaii is that everybody wears bikinis. It does not matter what your body type is, you rock a bikini because you’re in Hawaii,” she said. “And there’s so much body positivity there that I ― who was always really shy about my body ― would wear bikinis.”

Watch the accompanying video here

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With swimsuit season in full swing, the message hit home for many women who might still harbor feelings of fear and insecurity when stepping out in a two-piece.

The post has since attracted over 10,000 positive and empowering comments, with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Yara Shahidi, and fashion designer Tory Burch jumping on board and supporting Kaling’s stance. People were also inspired to upload their own swimsuit pics in response!

People were inspired to upload their own swimsuit pics in response

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The post attracted thousands of positive and empowering comments

What do you think? Are you confident and happy to step out in a bikini? Are these body-positivity messages from celebrities inspiring and important, or are you happy to make up your own mind about what you feel comfortable in? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!

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