People Magazine
December 04, 2019 11:11 am
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Gayle King is sending a powerful message about body positivity this holiday season. During a recent vacation, Gayle King channeled her “fav niece,” Mackenzye Schwab, by striking her best swimsuit modeling poses in an unretouched Instagram photo shoot.

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In the first two snaps, King and Schwab, 23, smile up at the clear blue sky sitting on a dock in the water. The TV personality is wearing a rainbow-striped one-piece, while her niece is sporting a tie-front red bikini. The pair switched up their looks for a second series of cute photos, as they posed surrounded by plants on a sandy path to the beach. Schwab wears a classic red one-piece; King rocks a blue one-piece with ruffles.

@gayleking, Instagram

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay approved, commenting with a string of “hands-raised” emojis, “🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾,” under the post. While Oprah Magazine Digital Director Arianna Davis joked, “Sorry @mknzschwb but Auntie Gayle might’ve outposed you this time around 😂😂😂.” Schwab replied, “@ariannagabshe out poses me every time 😂😂 i’m just here to serve as inspiration at this point.”

The duo started their “tradition” of posing unretouched on the beach last year, when King shared six cute swimsuit snaps to Instagram.

In the photos, she and Schwab can be seen leaning against a tree, lounging in a hammock and sitting beach-side on a rock.

Earlier this year, King announced her daughter Kirby Bumpus’s engagement on Instagram, sharing photos of the bride-to-be (Oprah‘s goddaughter!) and her fiancé, Virgil Miller, as well as a sweet video of King and her son Will surprising Kirby after the proposal.

Kirby, whose father is King’s ex-husband, William Bumpus, also posted about the news on Instagram.

This story originally appeared on by Hanna Flanagan.