OK, so not only haven't I been swimsuit shopping in three years, I haven't been to the beach in three years. I get countless invitations from friends and family every year, but I always politely turn them down. Truth be told, I love the beach. But I have legitimate reasons…First: because I'm very fair and I never tan -- I just burn, (SPF 500 notwithstanding) and I'm not a fan of looking like a lobster all summer long. After a few bad experiences in the sun, I'm extra careful, because skin cancer is a reality. But that's not the real reason I've been skipping the beach all these years. The truth is, when I think of being seen in a swimsuit, I start to panic a little bit. I don't think I've felt good in a bathing suit since I was five. I made a vow to myself that I would work on my body image baggage, but the swimsuit thing gets me every time . I just feel so exposed, with all of my flaws hanging out...Does anybody else feel this way?
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But then I saw these photos from Glamour's May 2009 issue. I was so drawn to them, but I didn't know why. And then one day, it struck me: I was drawn to them because the model is plus size, and she is beautiful.
OK, so I'm not a model, and I need to tone my body, (and with Body by Glamour's shape up plan, I will), but if this chick can strut her stuff in a bathing suit, then so can I, right? So I'm inspired. And I plan on going to the beach this year. How about you? Have you started thinking about your swimsuit this season??
This is my favorite of the not a dental-floss-thong-kind of swimsuits. Which one is yours?
Photo: Patrick Demarchelier
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