‘SI Swimsuit’ models rep body positivity

In the past, the words “body positivity” were the last to be associated with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. But this year, two models and real-life BFFs are giving us major the body positivity inspiration.

According to PopSugarGeorgia Gibbs and Kate Wasley were recently selected as the magazine’s newest swim rookies, giving them the chance to shine in the glossy’s forthcoming issue. The magazine shared the news on their Instagram account says PopSugar, wearing matching lace swimsuits set against the azure blue waters of Aruba.

The friends are also the founders of the Any.BODY, says SI, a project that aims to promote body positivity and empowerment and stems from their own experiences in being called either anorexic or overweight. Wasley explained the project to SI this way:

“It’s for anyone that’s ever felt insecure because they’re ‘too thin,’ or ‘too fat,’ have rolls, scars, cellulite or stretch marks…It’s for anyone that’s ever been told they would be beautiful if they only lost weight.”

With the model-friend duo earning spots as the magazine’s latest swim rookies — not to mention being featured side-by-side in photos — PopSugar makes the case that this “will surely show readers that there’s a place for every type of woman in the magazine.”

We couldn’t agree more.

 

 

‘SI’ makes swimwear for all

Sports Illustrated is making a splash, and this time, it’s not for their swimsuit edition.

According to Today, the magazine recently unveiled a brand-new swim and activewear collection at Miami Swim Week, and the line is already earning rave reviews for its body inclusivity and stylish designs. The collection, called Sports Illustrated Swim and Active, spans a variety of styles, Today says, including “sexy, high-waisted bikinis, metallic one-pieces and floral designs, which several curvy models rocked on the runway in Miami.”

With models of all shapes and sizes walking pieces of the line down the runway, Today reports that many in attendance weren’t expecting such a body-positive display.

“You could hear the roar of the applause as they walked down the runway,” MJ Day, the editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, told Today. “One girl came up to me after. She was a blogger, and she had just recently lost 100 pounds, and her eyes welled up. She just was like … ‘I couldn’t leave without thanking you and telling you how much this means to me.'”

What’s more is that these models have the chance to be featured in SI‘s swimsuit edition, says Today, as they were chosen from an open casting call in May and are currently competing for a chance to leave their mark on the magazine, which comes out in February.

Check out the new swimwear line and its body-positive models here.

Unretouched models abound in new Asos swimwear photos

If you’re worried about showing some skin at the beach this Fourth of July, Asos is here to tell you to celebrate your imperfections.

In fact, that’s exactly what models in their swimwear photos did. According to InStyle the retailer featured “models with stretch marks, acne scars, and birthmarks on their website,” refusing to edit their photos to make them blemish-free.

With the photos showcasing each model’s natural beauty, InStyle says Twitter was abuzz over the photos, with many tweeting their praise of the company.

Twitter user @Kelly_Horrigan showed her support by sharing, “round of applause to ASOS for not editing out their models stretch marks, finally realistic body images are being promoted, so beautiful 👏🏻💖.”

 

Swimwear company ensures all are beach ready

Finding swimwear that fits and flatters you can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack, but when online retailers offer a selection of stylish swimsuits for every body type, shopping can get a little bit easier.

Cue Lilly & Lime, a swimwear company that Bustle says is “designed solely for D+ cup chests.” Created by Emma-Jane Hughes and Ashleigh Hill in 2016 after failed attempts to find swimwear to suit and support their own frames, Bustle reports that Lilly & Lime now boasts a range of styles, silhouettes and prints to satisfy a spectrum of tastes.

The Australian-based brand offers sizes that range from 28D to 38HH in bikini tops and 8 to 18 in bottoms, which allows you to not only mix and match styles to build a look all your own, but also to ensure that each piece fits perfectly.

“When you’re bigger busted, you don’t feel comfortable in a bikini unless it is a great fit and you feel secure and supported,” said Hughes in a release. “Ashleigh and I know how this feels and how hard it is to find. We wanted to create a range that would empower women with larger busts like us to be confident, have fun and feel good in stylish and secure bikinis.”

From balconettes to bandeaus, high-waisted bottoms to cut-out briefs, Lilly & Lime has every style you could possibly want and in a host of cute prints and gorgeous solids. As for cost, these suits won’t drain your wallet any more than other big-name brands, with tops priced around $60 and bottoms costing between $20 and $30.

Sound like swimwear you need to make a splash this summer? Check out Lilly & Lime here.

Veras verifies body positivity in swimsuit photos

Everybody has a bikini body, no matter what the haters say, and Diana Veras proved this to be true in a string of recent swimsuit photos posted on social media.

According to Cosmopolitanwhen the model’s Instagram photo of herself looking fierce in a pink off-the-shoulder bikini drew negative comments from online trolls, Veras decided not to hide but to instead fight fire with fire — by posting even more bikini photos on Twitter.

Directing the photos’ caption to those shaming her, Cosmo said Veras wrote, “Here’s more of my lil chubby ass in a bathing suit since it offends men so much.”

With over 75,000 likes and 16,000 retweets, Veras followed up her popular clap-back photos with a written statement, sharing that she hopes people understand there are variations of beauty that deserve equal admiration.

“…Don’t forget that I can’t speak for all plus sized women,” she wrote. “We all come in all different shapes, sizes, proportions, colors, and ALLLLLL of our beauty should be celebrated. Even though I’ve had my own struggles with my body, I don’t want 2 silence the voices of other beautiful women who also deserve recognition for their efforts.”

Perhaps Veras said it best when she concluded her message by saying, “There is so much room for all of us to shine.”

Conrad unveils swimwear line at Kohl’s

Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s line is about to get a little bigger.

According to PopSugar, the multi-hyphenate is launching her first-ever “Beach Collection” under her LC Lauren Conrad line, which is set to include “swimwear (both one-pieces and bikinis meant to be mixed and matched), airy drawstring shorts, off-the-shoulder dresses, and other warm-weather essentials, starting at $34.”

Maxing out at $68, PopSugar says the collection has a resort-like feel with tropical prints, with Conrad adding that she chose “very fun colors, like hunter green and paprika, and then some really pretty peaches-and-cream.”

Sound like everything you’ve been looking for? Check out the Kohl’s-exclusive collection here.

Swimsuit photo preaches body positivity

If you don’t look like supermodels on the runway or in advertisements, it’s easy to be critical of your body. In fact, when we grow accustomed to seeing idealized depictions of the female body, we may come to believe that there is something wrong with us for not looking the same way — and that sentiment can seep into the minds of women and girls of all ages.

Just ask Rachel Spencer, who HuffPost reports took to Instagram this week to share a side-by-side photo of her 13-year-old self and her 26-year-old self to demonstrate the importance of body confidence. According to HuffPost, the confidence and success coach shared an image that shows her younger self covering her stomach in a swimsuit and her current self showing off her body with the caption “Self Love Queen.”

Her lengthy caption detailed why young Rachel was ashamed of her body because boys bullied her, which HuffPost says made her no longer want to go to the pool, let alone show off her body. Exacerbated by the media’s representation of women’s bodies, HuffPost says Spencer shared she felt at age 13 that she needed to change the way she looked.

“Why was a 13 year old worried about cellulite??? Because the media told her it was bad. That SHE was bad and needed to change,” she wrote.

But, Spencer finally managed to overcome these feelings with a little self love.

“There’s a big difference between the closed off, hiding, young girl on the left and the carefree, happy, open girl on the right. ❤️And that difference is self love.❤️” she wrote, according to HuffPost. “I taught it to myself. I had to. I had to find a way to be happy. The process wasn’t quick. I’m still working on it at 26 years old.”

Spencer concluded her post with a message to anyone who is still uncomfortable with their bodies, says HuffPost, saying that every body is a beautiful body.

“Put on that bikini and smile. Don’t feel the need to let other people’s opinions ruin precious memories with your friends and family,” she wrote. “Show your daughters what it’s like to flaunt their flaws at the pool. No shame. Your imperfections tell a story. Your body is beautiful. You are BEAUTIFUL.”

 

Swimsuits for All offers new ‘Baywatch’ style

Sexy swimwear isn’t just for tiny Hollywood actresses — thanks to Swimsuits for All, they’re available for anyone of any size.

According to InStyle, photos released in March showed Ashley Graham, Teyana Taylor and Niki Taylor all donning a red Baywatch-style swimsuit, complete with a high-cut leg and scoop back, in a Swimsuits for All ad campaign. The images were of course body positive, says InStyle, as each model “rocks her suit with her own signature style and personality interjected.”

But InStyle reports that those photos were only preceding the public launch of the swimsuit, which is now available on Swimsuits for All’s website. The $84 swimsuit is sold in sizes ranging from four to 22, so anyone who opts for the suit can feel sexy all summer long.

Shop the style here.

McGrady takes Sports Illustrated by storm

Remember this name: Hunter McGrady.

The 23-year-old model recently made her debut in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and was dubbed the “curviest model ever” to grace the glossy, according to Elite Daily, but it’s not just her stunningly gorgeous photos that are making headlines. It’s her message of body acceptance that is making a splash.

After beginning her modeling career at age 16, McGrady was initially unable to make her way as a smaller-sized model, she told Elite Daily, and was met with rejection after showing up to a photo shoot — as a size 4 — and being turned away because of her size.

But past stumbling blocks didn’t hold her back: not only did McGrady land a spot in this year’s SI swimsuit edition, she also was named one of the issue’s Rookies of the Year, according to Elite Daily — a feat she achieved after modeling a painted-on swimsuit.

“I didn’t feel like I was naked at all. But I was 100 percent naked. You have to own it,” she told Yahoo Style.

And own it she did. The best part is that she’s inspiring other women to own their bodies just the same.

“I want women to pick up what is the considered the sexiest magazine issue and feel inspired,” she said, according to Yahoo Style. “There’s someone in it who looks like them, who isn’t the traditional model they see. Every body type is beautiful.”

Amen to that.