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.

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I’m back home in the UK and unfortunately back to reality so today we went and did our food shop. I’ve decided to take part in #cookjan a community project to cook in jan started by @smokintofu so I wrote out some meal plans. As you may know I love cooking so I wanted to get myself a new cookbook to try some new recipes. When I went to the book section I saw that all the fab cookbooks I saw at Christmas had been replaced with diet books with titles like ‘how to get the bikini body you want with these easy steps’ ‘The quick and easy way to lose weight’ ‘Burn fat fast’ I need to firstly say I don’t have an issue with people choosing to lose weight because I believe you have to do what’s best for your personal body and well being and only you know how you feel. What I can’t get on board with are diets that make you feel like you are disgusting/ugly/in worthy because you don’t have a perfect body. All bodies can wear bikinis, every woman should be able to feel the sunshine on her skin and enjoy a swim in ocean, that is wellness, that is good for you. Dangerous diets are not good for you. Weight loss teas are not good for you. Hateful thoughts are not good for you. So please don’t let these diet plans/books/videos make you feel worthless because remember beauty is more than skin deep. So here I am in my bikini bod, I’m not ripped, I don’t have a thigh gap and quite frankly I don’t care. Don’t let January grind you down because you deserve much better than that.

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Imagine being so unhappy in yourself that you have to comment and shame others around you? It's hard to fathom in this day & age but apparently being fat & enjoying yourself is just not acceptable. We went on a boat trip today & a number of grown adults took it upon themselves to make comments, throw us looks of disgust & gesticulate amongst themselves. It makes me sad because we can take it, people have tried to put me down my whole life; but other women/men aren't as strong as me/us. Don't worry, it didn't affect us, we simply took it upon ourselves to make them wish they'd never stepped foot on that boat. 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.

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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.”