With summer fast approaching, it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you need to get your body in tip-top bikini shape (whatever that means). But it’s all so unnecessary, and one body-positive Instagrammer posted a great reminder that your body is perfect exactly the way it is.
The woman behind countless body-positive articles and Instagram posts has shared yet another message that is giving us some serious hope for bathing suit season. We’re talking about Megan Jayne Crabbe, the lady behind the bodyposipanda Instagram page, and her latest message is exactly what we needed to read.
She starts out her post by writing, “BREAKING NEWS: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT TO BE WORTHY OF WEARING A BIKINI THIS SUMMER.”
And yep, she definitely has our attention.
Along with a side-by-side picture of herself, Crabbe explains why getting “beach body ready” is a complete load of crap.
“I used to spend every single summer starving and sweating to get the body on the left, telling myself that I was only allowed to be seen in swimwear once I’d hit that goal weight (and even once I did, it still wasn’t enough),” Crabbe wrote. “Not once did I ever hear the message that you don’t have to shrink your body to deserve a summer in the sunshine.”
Yes! Everyone deserves a summer in the sunshine, and body size should have absolutely nothing to do with it.
“This year I didn’t set a goal weight to hit before my holiday,” she added. “And I didn’t sit by the pool sucking my stomach in and worrying what everyone else thought about my body either. I just went. I laughed and played and ate and swam and wore every damn bikini I own without changing my body one bit.
“And guess what? It was so much better than all the self hatred filled holidays that came before. Because the only thing I really needed to lose through all those years wasn’t weight. It was the bullshit idea that a bikini body is something that you have to earn, when in reality I had one all along. We all have bikini bodies already, and we all deserve a summer in the sunshine. 💜💙💚🌈🌞 #bodypositivepower”
So grab your bikinis and get ready for a beautiful and fun summer in the sunshine.