In search of the perfect bikini body

If your feeds are anything like ours, now that spring is officially here, they’re filled with strong, body-positive women coming out in full force to change the way people view beauty at the beach. These ladies know it’s an uphill battle, but they are fighting for much-needed acceptance–and. we. are. here. for. it!

From bloggers to entrepreneurs to curvy models, these women don’t give the slightest damn about what haters have to say.

Here, 13 women who want you to know that if you have a body, then it’s a bikini body.

Blogger Danielle opens up about strangers making negative comments directed at her body, telling followers that people have been putting her down her whole life. She’s used to rising above–and will continue to do so. “We’ve called people out on their fat-shaming shit all holiday, and I will always make sure I do it for as long as I live.”

We could not love Hayet any more than we do right now. She is #confidence goals and gives it to us straight, captioning this pic: “Say Helllllo to MY summer body!!! For all the women who are afraid to show your bodies because someone said it wasn’t good enough, I wrote this for you!!”

Editor Sam lets us know that positive body image starts with each one of us. It’s up to us to decide to recognize our beauty and that of people different from us. She writes, “Being #plussize doesn’t stop me from enjoying activities in my swimwear no matter where I am in the world. So here’s a pic, not edited in any way (like all my pics) you can choose to see the cellulite, arm fat and lumps on my size 18-20 body but I CHOOSE to see a woman enjoying the Budapest thermal baths, in a colorful swimsuit not caring about the opinions of others.”

Body positivity doesn’t happen overnight, and we love model Teagan for detailing how she has come to love a part of her that she originally viewed as flawed. “As I’ve matured and grown to love my body unconditionally, the most difficult challenge for me was to embrace my tummy. Not only do I see the woman’s belly as the source of life, but also the full soft belly is an extremely sensual area to cherish during love making, for the belly holds the energy for self-worth.”