Reader's Digest - Feature - "These 17 Empowering Swimsuit Pics Prove There Is No One Bikini Body"

Reader's Digest - Feature - "These 17 Empowering Swimsuit Pics Prove There Is No One Bikini Body"

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the way to have a beach body is to A: have a body and B: go to the beach. Done. I started a new rule a few years ago and I’m impressed that I’ve truly followed through, I will only wear bikinis as bathing suits (the one exception is for sports). I am unwilling to hide certain parts of my body in order to fit societal norms and/or to protect myself from shame. That happened to me for way too many years growing up and I’m just not interested in subscribing to that framework anymore. Here’s some truth: I lost a lot of weight in 2010 and was in Jenny Craig commercials. I’m still really proud of that. And I maintained that weight loss for about seven years. In the last two, I’ve gained it all back. But instead of labeling myself as a failure, I’m at a point in my life where I can shrug it off. Maybe it’s because I’m older, maybe it’s because body acceptance is more prevalent, or maybe it’s because I’ve decided to love my body as it is. My body is a beach body. It’s curvy, thick, disproportionate, speckled, wavy, and now surprisingly tanned. And I like it.” —Joanna Lovering, founder and CEO of Copper + Rise. We couldn’t agree with Joanna more—here’s why you should banish the phrase “bikini body” from your vocabulary.

Joanna Lovering