We’ve got a twofer for you today, ladies: two women famous for how they look in bikinis are telling you to stop feeling bad about your doughy, less-photogenic form. First, we have Russian-born Sports Illustrated covergirl Irina Shayk, who–although she won’t go naked because that shit’s tacky–says it’s okay to have a few extra pounds on your body. She told The Telegraph:
“Even if you have some extra kilos, you don’t need to kill yourself for that, you just have to look at yourself as a positive. Yeah extra kilos but guess what? Men love it, you know.”
We appreciate the sentiment! Next, we have Anne V–erstwhile girlfriend of Adam Levine and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition vet–who is relatable because there are things she’d change about her body if she could! Butt-related things. She tells Allure:
“Like every woman, my dream is to have a Brazilian ass. Maybe it’s because I used to do track and field or it’s just how my body is built, but with every exercise I do, it goes to my legs. My butt stays small.”
Now, again: good sentiments all around (don’t hate your bodies! Brazilians have nice butts!) but every time a woman who makes a living off her outlandish beauty says “Love yourself!” it’s really hard not to eyeroll. 1) Because duh and 2) because the idealization of these very women (and proliferation of images of them) are huge contributors to body-loathing in the first place. Obviously we can’t hold it against Shayk and V for looking awesome in their underwear, but we can say… doesn’t this come off as a little hollow from you guys?