It’s May, which means nearly every magazine that hits news stands will tell you how to “slim down for swimsuit season.” Most major gossip websites will repeatedly compliment women with “bikinis bodies,” then subsequently shame the ones with anything resembling cellulite, stretch marks and/or figures that they deem unacceptable to be wearing a bathing suit. Of course, the only thing that actually creates a “bikini body” is to put a bikini on your body (or to make a body out of bikinis, I guess). But finding bikinis for women over a size 8 — and not just plain, ill-designed one-pieces — can be pretty difficult. Now, with the advent of “fatkinis” and this amazing collection that resulted from Gabi Gregg and swimsuitsforall collaborating, it’s easy for anybody between a size 10 and 24 to find gorgeous bikinis.
Gregg, also known as GabiFresh, is an awesome blogger who refuses to let people pressure her into not participating in all facets of fashion. She teamed up with swimsuitsforall after her blog posts about wearing a bikini blew up on the Internet, leading to countless other women wearing two-pieces for the first time and having the confidence to post photos online. Now, the swimsuit collection she helped design is online, and it is super rad. It’s also reasonably priced — something that most beautiful, plus-size bikinis are not.
According to Moshe Laniado, president and CEO of swimsuitsforall, the collaboration was very natural:
“Gabi’s ‘fatkini’ stories shed light on the misconceptions about women, body image, and swimwear. The idea that all women can look amazing in a great swimsuit is what swimsuitsforall is about. Gabi’s story tore down old notions that sexy swimsuits are only for Sports Illustrated models.”
I’m not only stoked about how beautiful these designs are. I’m stoked because they aren’t supposed to be “minimizing” and they aren’t intended to coverup your “problem areas” (those pesky thighs are such troublesome misfits, eh?). They are flattering in a “that looks great on you because it’s a well-made bathing suit” way rather than a “we’re going to do as much as possible to make you look thinner” way, which is how the term “flattering” is often applied.
Plus, their campaign is awesome. They models are not hypersexualized, the way heavier models often are, nor are they hiding out away from the party. They are the party, and they look happy, beautiful and excited. It’s almost unnerving how surprising the way their photographed was to me; I guess I’m just not used to plus-size models being shown in the same way as standard models, and that is a terrible thing to be so adjusted to.
The amazing high-waisted galaxy bikini above, by the way, is right here and has my size, so I think I’m gonna have to snag it up this season. As in, right this minute.
Photo via GabiFresh/swimsuitsforall.